The chronological history of the Spanish
in Mexico, Central America, and South America!
(the coolest page on the web!)
The following map displays the history of the spread of the Spanish language
throughout Latin America.
How does a language "arrive" in a particular country, you ask? We have determined
the arrival of the Spanish language to correspond with the point in time when
colonial forces from Spain first established permanent colonies within the
It is important to remember that the present day political boundaries between
nation-states which are displayed on this map did not exist during the time
periods indicated. Therefore, while we have chosen to highlight the entire
country, the Spanish language actually only arrived at the spot where the
colonists established their settlement. The actual spread of the language
throughout the neighboring regions of the nation-state and its assimilation
into native customs would have taken place over a longer period of time.
Despite our lack of historical accuracy, we still believe that the following
map is a useful "ballpark" estimate of the spread of the Spanish language
throughout this region of the world. Please click on any of the countries
highlighted in yellow to check out cool information on its political history.