How did Spanish become Panama's official language?

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When Spain colonized panama in the 1500's, they brought spanish with them. It's stayed there ever since.
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How did Spanish become the language of the Americas?

Answer . Spanish language first came to the territory now occupied by the Americas because it was the language of the explorers and settlers who set out from Spain's Caribbean outposts and from New Spain (Mexico) in the early sixteenth century.

How many countries have Spanish as their official language?

There are 14 countries that have Spanish as an official language, six that have it as the primary language and Puerto Rico has it as an official de facto language, but also shares English as the official language. Spanish is an official language only in these 14 countries: 1. Bolivia 2. Colombia 3. Costa Rica 4. Cuba 5. Ecuador 6. El Salvador 7. Equatorial Guinea (with French) 8. Guatemala 9. Honduras 10. Panama 11. Paraguay 12. Peru 13. Spain . 14. México 15 Venezuela * In Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the US, both Spanish and English are official languages. . There are There are actually 20 countries that really have Spanish as their national language. ho Sometimes, however, there are others which are listed as speaking Spanish; like Equatorial Guinea, Andorra, There a or even the United States, etc. As far as I am concerned, these other inclusions are inaccurate because other languages are spoken there also, not simply Spanish; in the case of Equatorial Africa there are three national languages as their official languages : Spanish, French, and Portuguese. So, that's why I give the list reference below. Go to: http:/www.braser.com/spanish-information/spanish-speaking-countries.html

Where is spanish the official language?

Spain Colombia Peru Venezuela Ecuador Guatemala Cuba Bolivia Honduras Paraguay El Salvador Costa Rica Panama Equatorial Guinea Puerto Rico Mexico Argentina Chile Dominican Republic Nicaragua Uruguay

In how many countries is spanish the official language?

Spanish is the primary, official, or co-official language in 21 countries*, but many more have majority or substantial Spanish speaking populations. Most of these were at one time Spanish colonies in the Americas. Spanish is an official language in 14 countries: Bolivia Colombia Costa Rica Cuba Ecuador El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Guatemala Honduras Panamá Paraguay Perú Spain . Mexico (Spanish or Castilian is the everyday language) Venezuela It is the de facto national language in 6 more, and a US territory: Argentina Chile Dominican Republic Nicaragua Uruguay Puerto Rico* In Belize (formerly British Honduras), Spanish is spoken by about 50% of the population, but English is the only official language. *Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, and they speak Spanish there although English is co-official. Spanish is also the second most spoken language in the US with about 35 million speakers. Adjacent to Spain, in Andorra, Spanish is the first language of about 25% of the population. In the British possession of Gibraltar, the population is mostly bilingual in Spanish and English. . There are actually 20 countries that really have Spanish as their national language. ho Sometimes, however, there are others which are listed as speaking Spanish; like Equatorial Guinea, Andorra, There a or even the United States, etc. As far as I am concerned, these other inclusions are inaccurate because other languages are spoken there also, not simply Spanish; in the case of Equatorial Africa there are three national languages as their official languages : Spanish, French, and Portuguese. So, that's why I give the list reference below. Go to: http:/www.braser.com/spanish-information/spanish-speaking-countries.html

What African country has Spanish as a official language?

Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa where Spanish has official status. Guinea Ecuatorial (Equatorial Guinea). 5 local languages are spoken too in this country, but Spanish is the official language.

Should Spanish be the official language?

It already IS the official language-- in Spain, and Mexico and several other countries.. If you mean should Spanish be the official language in the United States? Well not really, I think the United States Shouldn't have an official language. Since it was founded by immigrants.. If not well i guess the official languages should be Spanish/English.

Is spanish an official language in the Philippines?

There are many dialectics, but the main/common one is Tagalog which has many Spanish influences.

Portuguese not spanish is its official language?

Portuguese is the official language of Brazil. Brazil is the onlySouth American country not to have Spanish as its officiallanguage.

Should spanish be the official language in the US why?

This is an opinion question, so my answer will respond in kind. It is my view that the primary language of a country should be the language spoken by the majority of its citizens. If there are sizable majorities and minorities for multiple languages, then there should be multiple national languages. I feel the the US is a bit backward, being that we are one of the few countries left that had not made more that one language its national language when we at least have a minority of some size, the Hispanics who speak spanish as a language. As it stands now the majority of Americans speak English, which is why it should stay a national language. However, I do feel spanish should be added to the official language list considering the number of people, legal and illegal who speak it in the US. Spanish will ultimately become the second official language of the U.S., like French became the second official language of Canada, not for historical reasons but because of demographics and politics. I do not think Spanish has a high enough population versus the English speakers to have Spanish be considered as an official language. There are about 300,000,000-305,000,000 English speaking Americans. There are only about 11,000,000 Spanish speaking Americans. (Both these figures include native and second language speakers) I think not, English definitely needs to be official though. It is spoken by over 6/7 of the population!

When did English become an official language?

You really need to give a country. In England, English became the official language of the law courts in 1362.

Were is Spanish the official language?

There are 21 countries that have their official language as Spanish: . Spain (in Europe) Equatorial Guinea (In Africa) Mexico (in North America) Guatemala (in Central America) Honduras (in Central America) El Salvador (in Central America) Nicaragua (in Central America) Costa Rica (in Central America) Panama (in Central America) Cuba (in the Carribean) Dominican Republic (in the Carribean) Puerto Rico (in the Carribean) Venezuela (in South America) Colombia (in South America) Ecuador (in South America) Peru (in South America) Bolivia (in South America) Paraguay (in South America) Chile (in South America) Argentina (in South America) Uruguay (in South America).

When did urdu become the official language of Pakistan?

Urdu has long been the language of the Muslims of India. After Indenependence, in 1949 Urdu was declared national language. Then it was subsequently declared national language in the constitutions of 1956, 1962, and 1973. It must be noted that Urdu us not the official language. According to all the three constitutions of 1956, 1962, 1973, English is the official language. Urdu is the national NOT official language.

Which US State has Spanish as an official language?

New Mexico has made Spanish and English the official languages of the state. New Mexico is commonly thought to have Spanish as an official language alongside English, due to the widespread usage of Spanish in the state. Although the original state constitution of 1912 provided for a temporarily bilingual government, New Mexico has no official language. The constitution provided that, for the following twenty years, all laws passed by the legislature be published in both Spanish and English, and thereafter as the legislature should provide. Prior to 1967, notices of statewide and county elections were required to be printed in English and "may be printed in Spanish." Additionally, many legal notices today are required to be published in both English and Spanish. [40] In 1995, New Mexico adopted a State Bilingual Song, New Mexico - Mi Lindo Nuevo México . [41] :75,81

Is Spanish the official language in MiamiFL?

Not at all. Miami, FL is obviously in the US and Spanish is not the official language nowhere in the US. You will find many people (or most) speaking Spanish because of the great cultural influence there is. Most of the population in Miami is Hispanic (especially Cuban) which definetely affects the language spoken there since not everyone speaks English (newcomers). However, most people do speak English and even prefer to. English is also the first language of many Hispanic-Americans who've been born in Miami. In schools and most jobs, English is absolutely required. Hope I answered your question!

What countries have Spanish as the official language?

Spanish is an official language only in these 14 countries: 1. Bolivia 2. Colombia 3. Costa Rica 4. Cuba 5. Ecuador 6. El Salvador 7. Equatorial Guinea (with French) 8. Guatemala 9. Honduras 10. Panama 11. Paraguay 12. Peru 13. Spain 14. Venezuela * In Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the US, both Spanish and English are official languages.

Is Spanish an official language of US?

No, Spanish is not an official language in the United States; English is not even an official language.

Why did spanish become an official language in central America?

Almost all of the countries of South and Central America were at one time Spanish colonies in the New World. The Spaniards were the first Europeans to explore (and plunder) the lands of the Americas, under the conquistadors of the 1500's. Although they were outnumbered by the native populations, Spanish became widely used by the various populations, and eventually Spanish language and names became dominant. Weapons of the Spanish Conquistadors With the exception of British Honduras (Belize) British Guinana (Guyana) French Guiana, Dutch Guiana (Suriname) and Brazil (Portugese), the Spanish Empire included all countries from the Rio Grande in Mexico to Cape Horn in Argentina. This was largely due to two Spanish explorers: Cortez and Pizarro. When Hernando Cortez landed in the Western hemisphere from Spain, he and about 35 soldiers appeared before the natives. To the natives, they were considered gods, simply because they were riding horses, both clad in plated armor. They also had with them, a Catholic priest. When Cortez met with the Mayan Chief and subsequently gave the Chief a Bible, the chief threw the Bible on the ground and said something to the effect that bibles and the Spanish Gods weren't needed, nor their beliefs. This ensued a major battle against approximately 500 to 5,000 Mayan warriors, which the Spanish quickly defeated because of their steel swords and body armor, and because they fought on horseback. To Mayans, they seemed like strange creatures having four legs and two-heads and covered by steel. When Cortez looked down at the valley below, and saw more than 80,000 Mayans, he intended to conquer, civilize and culturize them. He had no idea of the fact that the Mayans, Aztecans, Incas and the Toltecs (a committee of Elders, from all the tribes) were already "civilized" with their own laws and their own gods. Unbeknownst to Cortez, the Europeans had a secret weapon even they didn't know about: diseases. These were mainly diseases of Europeans and animals, which came from the Middle East, and from Asia. These were diseases for which the Central American Tribes had no antibodies to protect them. Diseases such as, smallpox, flu, tuberculosis, malaria, plague, measles, diptheria and cholera infected tens of thousands of Mayans, helping to decimate the tribes and empires.

Where is Portuguese the official language instead of Spanish?

A country in which one logically might expect the official language to be Spanish is Brazil . For Brazil is South America's largest country. Yet it's one of four South American countries in which Spanish isn't the official language.. There are three important reasons for the unexpected status of Portuguese as the official language of Brazil. One is its accidental discovery by a Portuguese expedition that strayed off course while following a newly identified sea route to India by way of rounding the southernmost tip of Africa.. For Pedro Alvares Cabral [1467/1468/1469? - c. 1520] was charged by King Manuel I [May 31, 1469-December 13, 1521]of Portugal with leading an expedition around southern Africa, and on through the Indian Ocean to India. One of his fleet captains, Bartolomeu Dias [c. 1450-May 29, 1500], had discovered the route just two years earlier, on the expedition of 1487-1488.. Cabral's expedition swerved southwestwards into the Pacific, to avoid the calms of the coast off the Gulf of Guinea. They ended so far off course that on April 21, 1500, expedition members sighted a mountain, which they named Monte Pascoal, in the subsequent land of Brazil.. And so it was that Brazil came to be settled by Portuguese colonizers , in the 16th century, when the rest of South America was settled under the commands and direction of the Spanish monarchy and their Spanish conquerors.. And yet that division in settlement, of the Portuguese claiming Brazil, and of the Spanish claiming the rest of South America, was no accident. In fact, it was regulated by treaty. For the Treaty of Tordesillas , of 1494, had divided the non-Christian world into zones of influence for Spain, and zones for Portugal. And the line of division was far enough west of the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Senegal that Portugal had legal claim to what came to be the Brazilian part of South America.. And, finally, the Portuguese control over Brazil lasted three centuries . Brazil declared independence on September 7, 1822. And Portugal officially recognized that claim on August 29, 1825. But by that time, the control over the direction of the Brazilian economy, and the spread of Portuguese as the main language of communication, was set..

Which country does NOT have Spanish as an official language?

Most countries in the world do not have Spanish as an Official language, such as: Australia Brazil China Djibouti Estonia France Germany Hungary Israel Japan Korea Luxembourg Malta New Zealand Oman Papua New Guinea Qatar Russia Somalia Turkey United States Venezuela Western Sahara Yemen Zimbabwe

Is Spanish an official language in Africa?

Africa has 54 countries. 2 of them have Spanish as an official language. They are Equatorial Guinea and the disputed area often referred to as Western Sahara.

Why does Belize not have spanish as a official language?

Well in my opinion it should be English and spanish as an official language but probably because despite some belizeans speaking both, Belizean creole which is English based is the preferred language.. However different districs within Belize speak different languages.. Belize city has a lot of Creole, Cayo has a lot of spanish, Stann Creek speaks mostly Garifuna, etc...... a lot of languages can be heard around the country!

What is the official name of the Spanish language?

Romance languages are widely the most spoken languages in Spain.However Spanish also called Castilian is the only language that hasofficial status in Spain and is spoken throughout the wholecountry. In 2005 about 89% of Spaniards spoke Spanish.

Is Spanish an official language in the US?

No. The US has not adopted any language as its official language, even English. However it is the official language of Puerto Rico (as well as English), a territory of the US. New Mexico is also very close to having Spanish as an official language.

How did spanish become the language of Americas?

Spanish is not the language of the Americas, although it is the language of the majority of countries in the Americas because these countries were once colonies of Spain.

How did Spanish become an official language in Mexico?

Mexico was colonized by the spanish around the 15-16 centuries, and when Mexico gained independence in the 19th century, the spanish language was spoken by the whole country. Therefore, it made sense to make it an official language.

Why is spanish the official language of venezuela?

The country of Spain colonized Venezuela, and for many years it waspart of the vast Spanish Empire in the New World. Since Spanish wasspoken by the colonists and their descendants, it became theofficial language of Venezuela.

What are the four continents where Spanish is the official language?

Well, there aren't whole continents that speak Spanish as their official language. Almost all of South America has Spanish as their official language, except for Brazil, which speaks Portuguese. Parts of Africa speak Spanish, Spain obviously, and then Mexico.

How did spanish become the language of the amaricans?

Shortly after Colombus discovered Hispanola (an island close to Florida) other explorers from Spain and Portugal began to discover and colonize land along the Atlantic ocean from the Carolinas to the sourthern tip of Argentina. With them they brought their Spanish language. The Treaty of Tordesillas divided the "New World" and allowed Portugal to claim the area that is today Brazil and Spain to control the rest of South America. The Indians were forced to learn Spanish and Portugese in order to trade and communicate with the Europeans and even after the wave of revolutions in the 1800s the language stuck. This is why Spanish and Portugese are spoken in many parts of the Americas. Some Indian languages are still found; however, they are concentrated mostly in remote areas in the Yucutan and closer to the Pacific Ocean, farther from the Spanish and Portugese influence.

Is Spanish an official language in Managua?

In all technicality, no. Nicaragua has no official language, although since Spanish is the de facto official language, it is effectively the official language in Managua.

Is Spanish an official language of Zimbabwe?

No. The official language of Zimbabwe are English, although Shona and Ndebele are very widely spoken and actually officially recognized languages.

What 21 countries have Spanish as their official language?

Spanish is an official language only in these 14 countries: 1. Bolivia 2. Colombia 3. Costa Rica 4. Cuba 5. Ecuador 6. El Salvador 7. Equatorial Guinea (with French) 8. Guatemala 9. Honduras 10. Panama 11. Paraguay 12. Peru 13. Spain 14. Venezuela * In Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the US, both Spanish and English are official languages. Spanish as the Primary Language There are 6 other countries where Spanish is the dominant language: Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Uruguay. The following countries do NOT have Spanish as an official or primary language, but Spanish is heavily spoken there: . Andorra . Aruba . Belize . Brazil . Curacao . Gibraltar . Guyana . Haiti . Jaimaca . Philippians . United States

What are three countries that have Spanish as their official language?

There are 14 countries with Spanish as their official language, and 6 more where it is the national language, not including the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Three in Central America are Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras.

In the Caribbean which countries official language is Spanish?

Cuba is the only Caribbean country that has Spanish as an official language. Puerto Rico has Spanish and English as official language, but it is a U.S. Commonwealth. The Dominican Republic also speaks Spanish, but does not have it as their official language.

When did English become the official language of americae?

Hadn't happened yet. Even though English is the common language in the USA, but there is no law specifically state that English is THE OFFICIAL language of the country. Many politicians have tried to make it so but none had succeeded yet.

Why is Castilian Spanish the official language of Spain?

The Real Academia (Royal Academy) of Spain has declared Castilian Spanish as the the only "proper" Spanish, not the "Official" language. Castilian refers to the region in which the official version of the Spanish language is spoken. All of Spain speaks Spanish, but with different accents and some slight difference in words or phrases. The same thing occurs with English within the British Isles and with English within the US. Many English speakers feel that English as spoken by the English nobility is more proper than other versions. Try convincing Billy Bob in Alabama about that some time! That declaration doesn't make it so. Languages are living, dynamic things. Who is to say what is proper and what is not? What makes these academics think they can impose their opinions on all the people around the world that speak the third most spoken language on the planet? What is proper is what gets the communicating job done between the people trying to communicate! People from Castile feel quite free to correct other people in Spain who don't speak Castilian. What a bunch of nonsense!

When did bengali become the official language of Pakistan?

Bengali has no official status in Pakistan. The official languages are English and Urdu. The Government also recognizes Balochi, Pashto, Punjabi, Saraiki, and Sindhi

Should Spanish be an official language of the US?

The United States does not consider any one language to be "official." One reason this might be so is a way of recognizing the immense diversity of American culture.

What countries is Spanish spoken but not the official language?

There are several but the only Spanish-speaking nation where the language has limited status is the United States where it is widely spoken but not used officially by the government.

What is the official language of quebec and when did it become official?

The official language of Quebec is French. It became official in 1974 when their minister of labour and immigration, Pierre Laport was murdered by a suspected separatism supporter group.

How did the spanish language become a language?

Because of the slow but intensive evolution of Latin throughout thecenturies: Verecundia> vergüenza Tristitia > tristeza Bonitatem > bondad Dicere > decir Spaventare > espantar Amicus > amigo Filia > hija ...

When did Hebrew become an official language?

It became an official language in 1948, when the government of Israel voted on it.

Is Spanish official language of Europe?

Europe is a continent. Continents do not have official languages. Spanish is the official language of one country in Europe - Spain.

How did German become an official language in Switzerland?

German is one of the 4 official languages of Switzerland, the others are French, Italian and Romansh. German became an official language because about 2/3 of the Swiss speak it as their first language.

Which countries have latin spanish as the official language?

Answer 1 "Latin Spanish" is not a language... "Latin" is a language and "Spanish" is another language. Answer 2 The designation of "Latin Spanish" or "Latin American Spanish" is used to prevent confusion among younger individuals when they see that a word like "tarea" which has certain meanings when used in Europe may not have those meanings in Latin America even though both speak Spanish. It is similar to the distinction between "American English" and "British English". Neither pairs of dialects are uniform (the word "y'all" is not used in Maine, but it is used in Texas) nor are they considered proper languages. English as a whole is one language. Spanish as a whole is another language. If the question is asking, which countries in the world use what could be designated as "Latin Spanish", the answer is every mainland country in the Americas except Canada, the United States, Belize, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, and France (French Guiana). Additionally, the island countries of Cuba and the Dominican Republic should be counted. It is also worth noting that there is such as a thing as Spanish Latin or Hispanic Latin, but this describes the language used in the Late Roman Period in Spain (around 300s-1000s) prior to Spanish becoming fully unintelligible with other Romance Languages.

When and why did English become the official language of Barbados?

Barbados was an British Colony from 1627-1966. By the time of the country's revolution English was the de facto language of the Island and became the official language under the new government.

Which country speaks spanish but it is not their official language?

The following countries speak Spanish as a main language, but not as an official language: Mexico Argentina Chile Dominican Republic Nicaragua Uruguay

When did Panama's flag become official?

The current Panama flag was adopted in 1903 and provisionallyapproved in 1904 by the Constituent Assembly. It was not definitelyapproved until 1925

Was there an official language in Mexico before spanish?

This question calls for a little history. Before the Europeansarrived in America, the countries we know now did not exist. Infact, Mexico didn't exist until the independence war which tookplace from 1810 to 1821. Mexico and a vast area of Latin America were known as the "NewSpain" and were ruled by Spain. It was only after many regions inNew Spain raised against Spain that countries such as Argentina,Bolivia, Chile, etc, were founded. In the case of Mexico there were several native tribes and cultureswho had settled down in Mexico before the Spanish arrival. Eachindigenous group with their own language. There were cultures whospoke Nahuatl (like the Aztecs, for example) some others Mayan,Olmec, etc. Many of those languages survive still and spoken insecluded areas.

What are some countries that have Spanish as an official language?

Many countries in South America count Spanish as their official language. Peru, Colombia and Ecuador are some of these countries. This is due to the Spanish Conquistadors that explored the world in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

Is Spanish the official language of Egypt?

No, Spanish is not the official language of Egypt. Arabic is theofficial language of Egypt.