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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