9.27.2007

A U.S. Latino Press Since 1808

The 150 Spanish language newspapers published in the United States today are the most ever, right?

WRONG!

According to Jose de la Isla in A tradition written in Spanish, Latino newspapers are as old as the U.S. itself. Not only did the first printing press in Spanish predate the first in English by 100 years in the Americas, but Latino newspapers have been published in the U.S. since 1808.

Furthermore, records show that between 1813 and 1937 some 431 Latino newspapers were published in communities across the U.S., nearly all in Spanish.

Of course, the presence of Latinos and a whole Latino press are inconvenient truths to the preferred myth of anti-Latino bigots that we are latecomers.

Welcome to America!