The background and history of the amazing Spanish Language story is in a large part a story of Europe and the new emergence of the Americas. Spain was instrumental in many massive events that throughout this story, and the influence can be identified clearly in the makeup of the structure of the resulting language.

A history of the Spanish language before worldwide colonization

The ancient story of the Spanish Language shows the background and journey of the country of Spain itself. Latin is there and plays a huge part in this story, especially due to the story of the grand empire of the Romans and their special influence over the unique Peninsula of Iberia. Before Spain became idependent from the Romans, it was part of their grand and dominating empire.

Basque is key, as is Celtic and Germanic influences. These all play an important role in the formation of the the Spanish language as the strong influences, both from geographical proximity and especially the influence of trade routes. As trade, migration and international relations brought the various speaking groups into frequent contact, some parts of each defined language were added and adopted by the local population respectively.

When Rome was no more there were other groups that decided to dominate Spain and this represented the beginning of the Moors reign over Spain. The conquering of Spain by the Moors led to a major influx of Arabic influence which can be seen today in the language and especially in the culture. Some words such as Arroz meaning Rice can still be clearly identified as Arabic in origin. This influence was also seen in culinary habits as well as literature and customs.

What happened to the Spanish language when worldwide colonization begun?

Later Spain became independent from the Moors, it set about a global era of settlement and colonization and Spanish cultural significance around the world. As this culture spread across newly discovered countries and territories,the language was distributed as well. These onetime settlements each had the Spanish Language visited upon them by their reigning nation. Later the settlements began to acquire independence of the Kingdom of Spain, linguistic communication decisions mirrored demographic composition inside those lands.

In the previous Spanish settlement of the Republic of the Philippines, for representative example, the Spanish people immigrant population comprised a low proportion of the total population and the linguistic communication (or language) did not cement itself as Spanish once independence was acquired and Spanish domination had contracted. All the same, on that point there are now numerous Spanish words exhibited in Tagalog, the main language of the Phillippines.

At the same time in places like Mexico, another former Spanish territory, there was far greater mixing of the the two populations and the presence was felt in a much larger fashion. Therefore when independence was gained it was a completely different situation and the language remained the dominant force. So, still in Puerto Rico, at present an associated state of the U.S.A., the Spanish language is of great significance. A lot of the occupants are distant (or not so distant) relatives of former Spanish settlers, and Spanish makes up the co-official spoken language from that island.

The story of the Spanish language didn’t cease with the ending of Spanish dominion in a great deal of the Earth. Because these countries shape their own fates and make their own subsequent stories, they take the Spanish that was left to them and shape it into their own, new and unique culture to be celebrated.

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