As someone who works in the USA, and in Portugal, Spain and France on a continual basis due to my work requirements I believe that people need to understand a few facts prior to making assessments based on ignorant terminology.
Latins: People from Latium and their capital Rome. Italian
Hispania: The peninsula ALREADY had a name when the Roman Empire got there. It was IBERIA.
Lusitania: Area that was occupied by the Lusitanians prior to the Roman Empire's conquest in IBERIA.
After aproximately two hundred of fighting, the Romans finally conquered Lusitania and the peninsula was named by the Romans as: Hispania Baetica, Hispania Taraconensis, and Lusitania.
Hispanics: Basicly people that can have some Spanish culture and descent or were heavily influenced by the culture(includes Mexicans, Cubans, Panamanians, etc). DOES NOT INCLUDE BRASILIANS.
Latinos/Latinas: Tries to indentify/lump together people that have a culture/language that was heavily influenced by countries that speak languages derived from old latin. Used primarily for people in LATIN AMERICA.
Since the combination of European blood with African and local Indian tribes produced mixed race people, the ignoramus populace did not have a label for them. Therefore, Hispanic or Latino/Latina became and is still the identifier for people who are not just speaking Spanish but are considered mestizo/mestico, or in other words, not white....
So every time a Spaniard or Portuguese, French or Italian identifies themselves as Hispanic, Latino/a, they are actually stating that they are mixed race when actually they are not.
A good example is when an American out of ignorance congratules or wishes a Portuguese person a happy Cinco De Mayo, or instead of a thank you they say "Gracias". That right there shows you how they see you just because they think that you are Hispanic or Latino.
If Hispanics applies to Spaniards, then it should apply to Holland, Phillipines and Italy because they were colonies of the Spanish empire just like Mexico or Columbia. And Latin should apply to half of Canada and other places in the Caribean because they were colonized by the French (and they still speak French today). But they are not.
So what that tells you is that if you sucumb to the label, then you deserve it. I do not. I am very proud to be of Portuguese descent or Lusitanian. Do not INSULT me by calling me Hispanic or Latino.
If I was a Mexican, then I would not want to be called anything other than Mexican, because to call me Latino or Hispanic would be and insult to my heritage.
Proud to be Portuguese American or Luso American or Portuguese
Professor John D. Pereira Ph.D.: Engineering & Physics
I happened to find your website by accident. My parents were born in the Azores. It's wonderful to see what notable people share my ancestry.
You wouldn't happen to know how I could get information on my family tree as my grandparents' records would all be in the Azores?
Debbie Rainha (maiden name Justa)
Thanks for a great website - it's great to see so many Portuguese people succeeding and doing great things for the world.
My uncle is on your list in the military section. His name is Antonio Henriques Rebelo. He unfortunately passed away last May 21 2006.
His rank is Colonel and our family is from a small rural city called Lourinha.
All the best,
Olá. Chamo-me Madalena e sou de Portugal. Encontrei este site por acaso e devo dizer que estou completamente chocada com tanta ignorância. Não fazia a mínima ideia que os portugueses eram considerados "hispânicos" na América. Desde quando é que somos considerados como tal? Desde que o Governo se lembrou a fazê-lo? Sinceramente. Que falta de inteligência e de consideração. Nós somos PORTUGUESES, LUSITANOS, como queiram, e não hispânicos. Sinto-me ofendida! Onde quer que vamos somos sempre associados a Espanha, à língua espanhola e bombardeiam-nos com palavras em espanhol como se nós soubéssemos falar. E àqueles portugueses que se consideram hispânicos, só tenho uma coisa a dizer, tenham orgulho naquilo que são, ou seja, tenham orgulho em ser portugueses pois somos um povo único, com uma culruta única no Mundo.