an elemento compositivo) that is employed to coin compounded formations (similar as franco- in francocanadiense ‘French-Canadian‘, or ibero- in iberorrománico, etc.).The feminine variant Latina was coined retroactively in the US in the late 1980‘s, as the shortened US term Latino became confused with the Spanish adjective latino, which does have a feminine correspondence latina.Its holdings included present-day California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas, all of which were part of the Republic of Mexico from its independence in 1821 until the end of the Mexican–American War in 1848.Conversely, Hispanic immigrants to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area derive from a broad spectrum of Latin American states.This definition encompasses Spanish speakers from both Europe and the Americas.Under this definition, immigrants from Spain and immigrants from Latin America are both Latino.In the United States, many Hispanics and Latinos are of both European and Native American ancestry (mestizo).
This is now the common formal and colloquial definition of the term within the United States, outside of New Mexico.
Hispanic/Latinos overall are the second-largest ethnic group in the United States, after non-Hispanic whites (a group which, like Hispanics and Latinos, is composed of dozens of sub-groups of differing national origin).
Hispanics have lived within what is now the United States continuously since the founding of St. After Native Americans, Hispanics are the oldest ethnic group to inhabit much of what is today the United States. Spain colonized large areas of what is today the American Southwest and West Coast, as well as Florida.
This example is flawed, not just because the US designation Latino is not derived from the adjective latino (see above), but also, because it is possible to express such a group of mixed or unknown gender, in a different, yet still gender-neutral way, viz.
via the nouns persona 'person' or gente 'people, folks', without resorting to the introduction of ungrammatical and artificial morphemes: both las personas latinas and la gente latina are grammatically feminine, but their actual gender is neither alluded nor expressed. English speakers came upon Spanish, deemed it too backwards compared to their own progressive leanings, and rather than working within the language to address any of their concerns, “fixed” it from a foreign perspective that has already had too much influence on Latino and Latin American culture." earlier than any other colonial group of European origin.