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Mainly people recognized in the United States today as Hispanic or Latino are immigrants or descendents of immigrants from countries that was under the rulings of the immense Spanish empire in the earlier days Hispanics are one of the fastest growing groups in the United States today At some indefinite moment within the next seven years the Latino population in the United States will go beyond forty million which will make the group the largest minority population US Bureau of the census 1998 The three largest groups of Hispanic Americans are Mexican Americans 57 who live mainly in the Southwest the area conquered in 1848 by the US during Mexican War Puerto Ricans 10 living mainly in the industrial Northeast and Cuban Americans 5 concentrated in Florida This group was comprised largely of political and economic refugees and their descendents who immigrated to the United States following the Cuban Revolution in the mid 1980s Since World War Two these three oldest and largest Latino communities have been joined by new migrants making the Latino population in the US more diverse Other Hispanic groups gaining in importance are Dominicans 520151 of whom 1990 have settled mainly in and around New York City where they have quickly gained political representation and improved their economic status Political disorder in Central America has led to a recent flow in immigration from that area 0f 1323830 Central American residents 565081 have come from El Salvador 268779 from Guatemala and 202658 from Nicaragua The largest group from South America is the Colombians who in 1990 numbered 378726 many of them living in the borough of Queens in New York City Colombians have been unique in importing their lifestyle to the United States Friends occupations servants goods all have been replicated US bureau of the census
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