There are many people that believe that all Hispanic groups are the same and which is why they are
probably put in one single group. While they can have a lot of similarities, there are some differences.
From social origins and religion to art and cuisine Hispanic Americans have a big impact on the United
A Spanish speaking person, from Mexico, Spain, and from Central America to Cuba is presented
as Latino or Hispano.
Below is a review of political, linguistic, social, economic, religious and familial
principles of four Hispanic American groups and how they added to the affluent variety of American
culture. Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican represent the fastest growing portion of Hispanic
population in the U.S. and are characterized by differences as well as similarities in various life aspects.
Mexican Americans presently have established themselves more in economic, social, linguistic and
legal sphere. They make up one of the largest immigrant groups in the country, with their tradition
accomplishing further back than other American groups. According to 2006 American Community
Survey, a number of 28,339,354 from total Hispanic population of 44,252, 248 are Mexican Americans
which represents 64% of total Hispano. “The family unit is the single most important social unit in the life
of Hispanics; the traditional concepts of manhood and womanhood, however, appear to be changing
toward a more egalitarian model with increased exposure to American society; the majority of Mexicans
are Roman Catholic”. (Warrix, M. Cultural Diversity: Eating in America. Mexican American, para. 8).
Despite their strong pride of Hispanic heritage, the primary language of Mexican Americans is English.
Although, many traditional cultural patterns still persist; Mexican Americans’ closeness to their