Latin is Native American + European + African

Cuban | Dominican | HaitianPuerto Rican

Argentine | Bolivian | Brazilian | Chilean | Colombian | Ecuadorian | Paraguayan | Peruvian | Uruguayan | Venezuelan

Costa Rican | Guatemalan | Honduran | Mexican | Nicaraguan | Panamanian | Salvadoran

FrenchFrench-CanadianItalian | Jewish | Portuguese Romani | Romanian |Spanish

African
NORTH AFRICAN | Moroccan | Algerian | Tunisian

WEST AFRICAN |Senegalese | Gambian | Guinea-Bissauan | Sierra Leonean | Liberian | Ivorian | Ghanan | Togolese | Beninin | Nigerian

CENTRAL AFRICAN | Cameroonian | Equatorial Guinean | Gabonian | Congolese | Angolan | Namibian

One of the surprising things is just how African we are. We come from all these places.


Caribbean


Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

New York Mets vs Washington Nationals at Citi Field

Cuban, Dominican, Italian, Mexican & Venezuelan players.
Citi Field Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Queens
MARCH – SEPTEMBER
Mets vs Nationals
Thu, Jul 12
Fri, Jul 13 (Free Shirt Friday)
Sat, Jul 14 (Reversible Rally Cap)
Sun, Jul 15 (W.B. Mason Toy Truck)

‘Exquisita Agonía’ new Cuban drama at Repertorio Español

Written by Nilo Cruz
Directed by José Zayas
Starring Hannia Guillen & Germán Jaramillo
Love story about a middle-aged woman’s obsessive quest to find love in a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he gets a new heart.
REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Sunday, July 15, 2018

New York Yankees vs Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium
Concourse, The Bronx
March – September
YANKEES VS METS
Subway Series
Fri, July 20
Sat, July 21
Sun, July 22

Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

New York Mets vs Washington Nationals at Citi Field

Cuban, Dominican, Italian, Mexican & Venezuelan players.
Citi Field Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Queens
MARCH – SEPTEMBER
Mets vs Nationals
Thu, Jul 12
Fri, Jul 13 (Free Shirt Friday)
Sat, Jul 14 (Reversible Rally Cap)
Sun, Jul 15 (W.B. Mason Toy Truck)

New York Yankees vs Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium
Concourse, The Bronx
March – September
YANKEES VS METS
Subway Series
Fri, July 20
Sat, July 21
Sun, July 22

Repertorio Español is NYC’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

300 shows a year of 15 plays selected from repertory and new productions.
(In Spanish with English titles)
Kips Bay, Manhattan

REPERTORY

Catalan Spanish comedy ‘El Credito’
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Spanish Golden Age comedy ‘Valor, Agravio y Mujer
Friday, July 20, 2018

Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

‘Once on This Island’ at Circle in the Square, a Broadway musical about love

This Caribbean version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ wins hearts.

TONY AWARDS
“Best Musical Revival”

DRAMA DESK NOMINATION
“Outstanding Revival of a Musical”

CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE
Times Square Theater District
Through December 31, 2018

Veterans Day Weekend

Friday – Sunday
November 9 – 11, 2018

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the patron saint of Haiti

Patron saint of Haiti
June 27
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

New York Yankees vs Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium
Concourse, The Bronx
March – September
YANKEES VS METS
Subway Series
Fri, July 20
Sat, July 21
Sun, July 22

Repertorio Español is NYC’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

300 shows a year of 15 plays selected from repertory and new productions.
(In Spanish with English titles)
Kips Bay, Manhattan

REPERTORY

Catalan Spanish comedy ‘El Credito’
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Spanish Golden Age comedy ‘Valor, Agravio y Mujer
Friday, July 20, 2018

‘Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 – 1985’ at the Brooklyn Museum

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Costa Rican, Cuban, Guatemalan, Mexican, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican & Uruguayan artists.
Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Wednesday – Sunday
April 13 – July 22, 2018


South American



World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France vs Croatia

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet Live Music Milonga at The Django

The Django at the Roxy Hotel
Tribeca, Manhattan
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

VolvoTango Pier 45 is an outdoor milonga with stunning river views

APRIL – NOVEMBER & warm
WEDNESDAYS & SUNDAYS
Pier 45, West Village
Wednesdays Summer 2018

VolvoTango LIC Landing is an outdoor milonga in Queens with city views

LIC Landing
Long Island City, Queens
Spring + Summer + Fall
Warm-weather Thursdays
FREE

Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France vs Croatia

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Spain drops, Uruguay & Costa Rica rise

June 7, 2018 ~ Top ten are Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile & Spain.
NEXT UPDATE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dance on Camera Festival 2018 is the world’s oldest dance film festival

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Lincoln Square, Manhattan
July 20 – 24, 2018

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2018 ~ African, Colombian, Chilean, Mexican

African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film.
JUNE – JULY
Prospect Park Bandshell
THURSDAY ~ JULY 12, 2018
Antibalas (Afrobeat), Combo Chimbita (Colombian), DJ Nickodemus (World)
FRIDAY ~ JULY 13, 2018
Ana Tijoux (Chilean), Girl Ultra (Mexican)
SATURDAY ~ JULY 14, 2018
Kronos Quartet with Trio Da Kali (Malian)
FREE

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Spain drops, Uruguay & Costa Rica rise

June 7, 2018 ~ Top ten are Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile & Spain.
NEXT UPDATE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

‘Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 – 1985’ at the Brooklyn Museum

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Costa Rican, Cuban, Guatemalan, Mexican, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican & Uruguayan artists.
Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Wednesday – Sunday
April 13 – July 22, 2018

Celebrate Costa Rican Mother’s Day

The Assumption of Mary.
August 15
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France vs Croatia

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2018 ~ African, Colombian, Chilean, Mexican

African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film.
JUNE – JULY
Prospect Park Bandshell
THURSDAY ~ JULY 12, 2018
Antibalas (Afrobeat), Combo Chimbita (Colombian), DJ Nickodemus (World)
FRIDAY ~ JULY 13, 2018
Ana Tijoux (Chilean), Girl Ultra (Mexican)
SATURDAY ~ JULY 14, 2018
Kronos Quartet with Trio Da Kali (Malian)
FREE

Tour de France 2018

Colombian, French, Italian & Spanish riders.
Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Paris
July 7 – 29, 2018
S T A G E ~ 6
Latin riders in top 10:
Alaphilippe (French)
Uran (Colombian)
Valverde (Spanish)
S T A G E ~ 7
Fougères ~ Chartres
Friday, July 13, 2018
S T A G E ~ 8
Dreux ~ Amiens Métropole
Gaviria disqualified for headbutt
S T A G E ~ 9
Arras Citadelle ~ Roubaix
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018 free music, dance, movies and word

Lincoln Center
Also Pregones Theater and Harlem Meer
July 25 – August 12, 2018

Celebrate Ecuadorian Independence Day

Criollo rebels took Quito on August 10, 1809
Friday, August 10, 2018

Celebrate Costa Rican Mother’s Day

The Assumption of Mary.
August 15
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France vs Croatia

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Spain drops, Uruguay & Costa Rica rise

June 7, 2018 ~ Top ten are Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile & Spain.
NEXT UPDATE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

‘Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 – 1985’ at the Brooklyn Museum

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Costa Rican, Cuban, Guatemalan, Mexican, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican & Uruguayan artists.
Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Wednesday – Sunday
April 13 – July 22, 2018

Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day

July 28, 1824
Saturday, July 28, 2018


North American



Afro-Latino Fest celebrates our African roots

Afro- Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Haitian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican talk, movies and music.
TALKS
Schomberg Center
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday, July 13, 2018
FILM FESTIVAL
Abron Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Saturday, July 14, 2018
CONCERT
The Well
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 15, 2018

World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France vs Croatia

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2018 ~ African, Colombian, Chilean, Mexican

African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film.
JUNE – JULY
Prospect Park Bandshell
THURSDAY ~ JULY 12, 2018
Antibalas (Afrobeat), Combo Chimbita (Colombian), DJ Nickodemus (World)
FRIDAY ~ JULY 13, 2018
Ana Tijoux (Chilean), Girl Ultra (Mexican)
SATURDAY ~ JULY 14, 2018
Kronos Quartet with Trio Da Kali (Malian)
FREE

New York Mets vs Washington Nationals at Citi Field

Cuban, Dominican, Italian, Mexican & Venezuelan players.
Citi Field Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Queens
MARCH – SEPTEMBER
Mets vs Nationals
Thu, Jul 12
Fri, Jul 13 (Free Shirt Friday)
Sat, Jul 14 (Reversible Rally Cap)
Sun, Jul 15 (W.B. Mason Toy Truck)

Celebrate Costa Rican Mother’s Day

The Assumption of Mary.
August 15
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

September 15 – October 15

Hispanic Day Parade 2017

Fifth Avenue
44th to 69th Street
Midtown / Upper East Side
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

Central American artifacts
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
Financial District
EXTENDED
Through October 2018
FREE


European



France World Cup 2018 Final

Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow, Russia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France vs Croatia

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bastille NYC ~ French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

60th Street
Fifth Avenue to Lexington
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tour de France 2018

Colombian, French, Italian & Spanish riders.
Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Paris
July 7 – 29, 2018
S T A G E ~ 6
Latin riders in top 10:
Alaphilippe (French)
Uran (Colombian)
Valverde (Spanish)
S T A G E ~ 7
Fougères ~ Chartres
Friday, July 13, 2018
S T A G E ~ 8
Dreux ~ Amiens Métropole
Gaviria disqualified for headbutt
S T A G E ~ 9
Arras Citadelle ~ Roubaix
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tour de France 2018

Colombian, French, Italian & Spanish riders.
Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Paris
July 7 – 29, 2018
S T A G E ~ 6
Latin riders in top 10:
Alaphilippe (French)
Uran (Colombian)
Valverde (Spanish)
S T A G E ~ 7
Fougères ~ Chartres
Friday, July 13, 2018
S T A G E ~ 8
Dreux ~ Amiens Métropole
Gaviria disqualified for headbutt
S T A G E ~ 9
Arras Citadelle ~ Roubaix
Sunday, July 15, 2018

New York Mets vs Washington Nationals at Citi Field

Cuban, Dominican, Italian, Mexican & Venezuelan players.
Citi Field Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Queens
MARCH – SEPTEMBER
Mets vs Nationals
Thu, Jul 12
Fri, Jul 13 (Free Shirt Friday)
Sat, Jul 14 (Reversible Rally Cap)
Sun, Jul 15 (W.B. Mason Toy Truck)

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Spain drops, Uruguay & Costa Rica rise

June 7, 2018 ~ Top ten are Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile & Spain.
NEXT UPDATE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

‘Like Life Sculpture, Color, and the Body’ at The Met Breuer

Upper East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
March 21 – July 22, 2018

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2018 ~ African, Colombian, Chilean, Mexican

African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film.
JUNE – JULY
Prospect Park Bandshell
THURSDAY ~ JULY 12, 2018
Antibalas (Afrobeat), Combo Chimbita (Colombian), DJ Nickodemus (World)
FRIDAY ~ JULY 13, 2018
Ana Tijoux (Chilean), Girl Ultra (Mexican)
SATURDAY ~ JULY 14, 2018
Kronos Quartet with Trio Da Kali (Malian)
FREE

‘A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection’ at Hauser & Wirth

This Brazilian collection is a like a good museum of modern, post-war and contemporary art.
MUST SEE
Hauser & Wirth
Chelsea, Manhattan
Tuesday – Saturday
April 26 – July 27, 2018

Rosh Hashanah 2018 starts the Jewish Year 5779 ~ L’shanah tovah

L’shanah tovah
Wednesday-Friday
September 9 – 11, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

September 15 – October 15

World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France vs Croatia

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Spain drops, Uruguay & Costa Rica rise

June 7, 2018 ~ Top ten are Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile & Spain.
NEXT UPDATE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Celebrate Costa Rican Mother’s Day

The Assumption of Mary.
August 15
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Assumption of Mary celebrates the Virgin’s journey into heaven

August 15

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Spain drops, Uruguay & Costa Rica rise

June 7, 2018 ~ Top ten are Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile & Spain.
NEXT UPDATE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Celebrate Costa Rican Mother’s Day

The Assumption of Mary.
August 15
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Assumption of Mary celebrates the Virgin’s journey into heaven

August 15

Veterans Day Weekend

Friday – Sunday
November 9 – 11, 2018

Django Reinhardt NY Festival keeps the Gypsy Jazz legend alive

Birdland
Hell’s Kitchen
Tuesday – Sunday
July 10 – 15, 2018

Veterans Day Weekend

Friday – Sunday
November 9 – 11, 2018

Celebrate International Romani Day

Celebrates Romani (Gypsy) culture
April 8
Monday, April 8, 2019

PEN World Voices Festival 2018 Resist and Reimagine

165+ writers and artists from over 50 countries gather in NYC to talk about the theme ‘Resist and Reimagine.’
April 16 – 22, 2018

World Cup 2018 Russia Final ~ France vs Croatia

WORLD CUP
June 14 – July 15, 2018
LATIN ROUND OF 16
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain & Uruguay
LATIN QUARTER FINALS
Brazil, France, Uruguay
LATIN SEMI FINALS
France 1 – 0 Belgium
LATIN FINAL
France vs Croatia
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tour de France 2018

Colombian, French, Italian & Spanish riders.
Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Paris
July 7 – 29, 2018
S T A G E ~ 6
Latin riders in top 10:
Alaphilippe (French)
Uran (Colombian)
Valverde (Spanish)
S T A G E ~ 7
Fougères ~ Chartres
Friday, July 13, 2018
S T A G E ~ 8
Dreux ~ Amiens Métropole
Gaviria disqualified for headbutt
S T A G E ~ 9
Arras Citadelle ~ Roubaix
Sunday, July 15, 2018

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Spain drops, Uruguay & Costa Rica rise

June 7, 2018 ~ Top ten are Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Poland, Chile & Spain.
NEXT UPDATE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Repertorio Español is NYC’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

300 shows a year of 15 plays selected from repertory and new productions.
(In Spanish with English titles)
Kips Bay, Manhattan

REPERTORY

Catalan Spanish comedy ‘El Credito’
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Spanish Golden Age comedy ‘Valor, Agravio y Mujer
Friday, July 20, 2018

The meaning of the word Latin changes with time. Today it generally refers to the Native + European + African mix of the Americas. However, the origins of Latin culture are the very foundation of Western civilization.

Like the Tree of Life itself, any honest examination of the human story leads away from branches of difference towards shared roots.

Our shared Western heritage is Greek. Greeks started the process of humanizing the gods and empowering the individual. This process continues today in a proverbial “two steps forward, one step back” dance across the ages.

Latin culture begins in Italy. Greek culture wasn’t copied, it was absorbed from Greek migrants in the boot of Italy and the shores of Sicily. Migrants still seek these shores today.

The Romans spread Latin culture around the Mediterranean (27 BC – 476 AD). Romans loved silk. Venice controlled the oriental trade and absorbed oriental influences.

When Rome declined, what is now Spain and Portugal did not decline as badly. French are a Germanic people who remained “Latinized” from their Roman period. The Germanic mind and the Latin heart in the French are an enviable combination when they work together.

For better or sometimes for worse, the Roman Catholic church was for a long time the last pillar of Western Civilization. The church’s influence on life and therefore culture was profound, even as it began dividing into Oriental and Eastern orthodoxy, and later Protestant religions.

The Mediterranean Sea is essentially a big lake. Phoenicians (Lebanese), Greeks, and Jews settled around its shores. Their cultures added important elements to the mix.

The Moorish conquest of Spain between (711 and 1492) and Sicily (827-902) added Islamic influences. When they worked together, Christians, Jews, and Muslims created the most advanced civilization of their time and resurrected the ancient roots of Western Civilization.

The Italian Renaissance (circa 1300s – 1500s) began to bring light back to Europe. The Renaissance is the foundation of contemporary Western civilization.

The Portuguese began exploring the African coast  in 1419. They eventually made it to the Orient.

The Ottoman takeover of Constantinople (1453) closed ancient trade routes. This pushed traders to the sea looking for another way to the Orient.

The Spanish Golden Age (1492-1659) brought Europeans, and forced Jews and Africans to the Americas. The conquistadores planted the first orange trees in Florida. The Spanish conquest of the Aztecs (1521), the Incas (1572), and the Maya (1697) folded Native American cultures into the mix.

Cuba was the main port of the Spanish transatlantic trade in plunder and slaves. There African and Spanish mixed into what we now think of as Latin. This culture spread across the Spanish-speaking Americas.

In 1524 Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered New York Bay for a French king.

The first African slaves arrived in what is now New York City in 1626. There was a slave market on the east end of Wall Street. New York slaves came from Cuba.

The French coined the term “Amérique latine” (Latin American) while trying to conquer Mexico in the 1830s. Latin American leaders adopted the term because of its connection to the great military and cultural power of the time.

Colonial power in the Americas led Latin Americans to look to European culture as the best. Colonization left diverse and rich cultural blends. It also left dysfunctional political and economic structures which are still unwinding today.

Jazz became recognizable in African communities at the turn of the 20th century. Jelly Roll Morton’s “Spanish tinge” was Cuban. The ferry ran twice a day between New Orleans and Havana.

The main wave of Italian immigrants to New York City came between 1900-1910. They first settled in East Harlem.

In 1940, Cubans Mario Bauzá and Machito Grillo formed the Machito and his Afro-Cubans orchestra. They created Latin Jazz as we know it and caught the ear of Dizzy Gillespie.

World War II (1939-1945) moved the world’s cultural center from Paris to New York.

In the 1950s Celia Cruz popularized Cuban music across Latin America. Tito Puente and others popularized Cuban music in the United States. Since the 1950s, Latin has meant Latin American, or the countries south of the United States.

The “Great Migration” from Puerto Rico to New York City in the 1950s gave “Latin” a Puerto Rican meaning. East Harlem became known as “Spanish Harlem” or “El Barrio.”

In the 1970s, Cuban music played mostly by New York Puerto Ricans went global out of New York City. It was called Salsa. That music and dance went everywhere and has spawned endless variations.

Latin culture is so popular now that even people who aren’t Latin by birth are part of the culture.

Mexico is the global center of all forms of Spanish-language publishing. Mexican-Americans are the Hispanic majority in the United States. So Latin is beginning to mean Mexican-American.

Most Hispanic immigration to New York City is now coming from the Caribbean (Dominican) and South America (Ecuadorian and Colombian).

Mexico has the world’s largest Spanish-speaking population. The United States is second. Brazil has the largest Portuguese-speaking population. France and Canada are the second and third largest French-speaking countries.

There are large Middle Eastern and Asian communities in Central and South America.

The global icon of New York City, the Statue of Liberty, is French.

So who is Latin? Whatever you are, we are all a little bit Latin.

Central America is actually part of the North American continent. Central America is a cultural concept like the distinction between Europe and Asia. There is no divide except in the minds of some politicians.

In fact about one-third of the United States was Mexico until gold was discovered in California. Then we cooked up a war to take the land. There is an old saying that, “We didn’t cross the border. The border crossed us.”

Central America is the ancient home of the great Olmec, Maya, and Aztec cultures.

Mexico City, the ancient capital of the Aztecs, was the old Spanish capital of North America. Later Central America was controlled from Guatemala.

Panama was originally part of Colombia and was considered part of South America. Then we convinced the Colombians to give it up so we could finish the Panama canal started by the French.

The amount of silver taken by the Spanish out of Mexico paid for those beautiful old buildings in Spain and created financial imbalances around the globe. It’s an old story, but it is incredible to think that globalization has been going on for hundreds of years.


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