Latino history is American history. Latinos trace their origins to Latin America and other Spanish colonies, both in the Caribbean and in the contemporary United States. These groups include, but are not limited to, Indigenous, Mestizos, Afro-Latinos, and other mixed-race people. Currently representing the largest ethnic minority in the country, Latinos have participated in the creation and growth of this nation well before it was named the United States. Complex stories of colonization, immigration, and slavery make Latino history an infinite source for inquiry and knowledge. Explore many complex Latino narratives through our exhibits, collections, archives, programs, and blogs.

Visit the Program in Latino History and Culture website to learn about the Museum’s efforts to support and expand Latino scholarship. 

Podcasts

Al Cine Vámonos - Braceros (November 14, 2016)

Pedro Pan (August 31, 2016)

Diosa Costello (August 16, 2016)

 

From Our Blog

The Washington Senators’ losing record often obscures one of the important but lesser-known stories in baseball history: the role that the Washington, D.C., ball club played in integrating Latino players into the major leagues.
Photo of Jose Feliciano playing guitar at Smithsonian

José Feliciano will remain forever celebrated for his perennial Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad," one of his many hit recordings that have resulted in 45 Gold and Platinum records and eight Grammy awards.

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