Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage month is coming from September 15th to October 15th and GatorCare has an exciting lineup of resources and programming in the works to celebrate! Check back here for more information in September! For now, checkout some of our other cultural wellness resources.

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Hispanic Countries and Fast Facts

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Spain

1. Capital: Madrid
2. Independence day: October 12
3. Currency: euro
4. Major export: cars
5. Fun fact: Spain’s national anthem has no lyrics

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Mexico

1. Capital: Mexico City
2. Independence day: September 16
3. Currency: Mexican peso
4. Major export: cars
5. Fun fact: Mexico is home to 10 percent of the world’s biodiversity

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Guatemala

1. Capital: Guatemala City
2. Independence day: September 15
3. Currency: quetzal
4. Major export: bananas
5. Fun fact: Guatemala is home to Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America

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Honduras

1. Capital: Tegucigalpa
2. Independence day: September 15
3. Currency: lempira
4. Major export: coffee
5. Fun fact: Mayan artifacts can still be found today in Honduras

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El Salvador

1. Capital: San Salvador
2. Independence day: September 15
3. Currency: US dollar
4. Major export: clothing
5. Fun fact: El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America

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Nicaragua

1. Capital: Managua
2. Independence day: September 15
3. Currency: córdoba
4. Major export: gems and precious metals
5. Fun fact: Nicaragua is home to the oldest city in Central America, Leon Viejo

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Costa Rica

1. Capital: San Jose
2. Independence day: September 15
3. Currency: colon
4. Major export: medical instruments
5. Fun fact: Costa Rica is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, containing over 200 volcanic formations

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Panama

1. Capital: Panama City
2. Independence day: November 3
3. Currency: balboa
4. Major export: shrimp
5. Fun fact: Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic

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Colombia

1. Capital: Bogota
2. Independence day: July 20
3. Currency: peso
4. Major export: broadcasting equipment
5. Fun fact: Colombia has more than 4,000 species of orchids

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Venezuela

1. Capital: Caracas
2. Independence day: July 5
3. Currency: bolivar soberano
4. Major export: petroleum
5. Fun fact: Venezuela is home to the world’s largest rodent, the capybara

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Ecuador

1. Capital: Quito
2. Independence day: August 10
3. Currency: US dollar
4. Major export: petroleum
5. Fun fact: Ecuador was the first country in the world to recognize the rights of nature

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Peru

1. Capital: Lima
2. Independence day: July 28
3. Currency: nuevo sol
4. Major export: refined petroleum
5. Fun fact: Peru is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu

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Bolivia

1. Capital: Sucre
2. Independence day: August 6
3. Currency: boliviano
4. Major export: gold
5. Fun fact: the official languages of Bolivia include 36 indigenous languages

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Paraguay

1. Capital: Asunción
2. Independence day: May 14
3. Currency: guaraní
4. Major export: soybeans
5. Fun fact:Paraguay’s nickname is “the corazón de America,” or “heart of America,” referring to its location in the center of Central America

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Chile

1. Capital: Santiago
2. Independence day: September 18
3. Currency: peso
4. Major export: copper ore
5. Fun fact: two Chileans, Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda, have won the Nobel prize in Literature

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Argentina

1. Capital: Buenos Aires
2. Independence day: July 9
3. Currency: peso
4. Major export: soybeans
5. Fun fact: Argentina produced the world’s first animated film in 1917, El Apóstol

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Uruguay

1. Capital: Montevideo
2. Independence day: August 25
3. Currency: peso uruguayo
4. Major export: bovine meat
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Cuba

1. Capital: Havana
2. Independence day: October 10
3. Currency: Cuban peso
4. Major export: tobacco
5. Fun fact: Cuba is home to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their natural importance

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Puerto Rico

1. Capital: San Juan
2. Independence day: July 4
3. Currency: US dollar
4. Major export: food products
5. Fun fact: Puerto Rico boasts El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in America’s national forest system

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Dominican Republic

1. Capital: Santo Domingo
2. Independence day: February 27
3. Currency: Dominican peso
4. Major export: gold
5. Fun fact: the genre of music known as Merengue originated in the Dominican Republic