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  • Hispanics and Latinos are an ethnolinguistic group of Americans with genealogical origins in the countries of Latin America and Spain. More generally it includes all persons in the United States who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino. Hispanic and Latinos are racially diverse, although different "races" dominate each Hispanic group. For example, Hispanics coming from countries like Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala tend to be mestizo mixed indigenous Aztec/Maya and White Spanish, Cuban Americans tend to be predominantly white, Puerto Ricans and Dominican Americans tend to be mulatto or tri-racial, having high amounts of African, European, and sometimes indigenous Taino ancestry. Mexicans represent the bulk of the US Hispanic/Latino population, and most Mexican Americans are Mestizo, this is the main reason why non-Hispanics equate being Hispanic to being mestizo. As a result of their racial diversity, Hispanics form an ethnicity sharing a language and cultural heritage, rather than a race. American Hispanics are predominantly of Mexican, and to a lesser extant, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, Dominican, Guatemalan, and Colombian ancestry.

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