Bonus List

LARGEST U.S. CITIES WITH A SPANISH NAME

This will be the first of several weeks in a row featuring foreign language origins of U.S. cities. Eleven of the 50 largest U.S. cities have Spanish names (not including Colorado Springs, which has some English in its name). All eleven of these cities used to be part of Mexico, before they were ceded to the U.S. (in Texas' case, the Republic of Texas was in existence between the time of ownership by Mexico and ownership by the U.S.).

The largest city not formerly within Mexican or Spanish territory with a Spanish name is Toledo, Ohio.

1. Los Angeles, California
2. San Diego, California
3. San Antonio, Texas
4. San Jose, California
5. San Francisco, California
6. El Paso, Texas
7. Las Vegas, Nevada
8. Albuquerque, New Mexico
9. Fresno, California
10. Sacramento, California

Honorable mention (#11 and growing fast): Mesa, Arizona.

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