CHAPTER TWO

WHY MEXICANS SPEAK SPANISH

Sources of Cultural Identity

The continuing existence of different languages and cultures around the world might seem out of step with the homogenizing forces of globalization. However, culture and our cultural identity have a profound influence on how we think, feel, and act. The history of how cultures develop helps us understand the persistence of cultural influence and the importance of multiculturals.

Before the European discovery of what is now Mexico, a small number of shipwrecked sailors showed up on the shores of the Yucatán Peninsula. One of these was a Castilian named Jerónimo de Aguilar. After narrowly escaping being the featured actor in a Maya ritual sacrifice, de Aguilar and another shipwreck ...

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