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5 Ways U.S. History Is More Latino Than We Think

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New Mexico repeatedly rejected as a state because it was too Hispanic, recounts the author of a new book, "Our America." Alamy

The idea for historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto's new book came from a chance encounter while on the lecture circuit in 2007. The Notre Dame professor was in Colorado Springs, delivering a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy, when one instructor mentioned that he wanted the U.S. to be welcoming to immigrants. The instructor also said: “people who come here must learn the native language.”