Did you know that more than 360 million people speak Spanish and they are scattered among a number of Spanish speaking countries. If you assume that Spain makes up 48 million of the 360 million, that leaves a massive 312 million, which in fact makes Spanish the 2nd most natively spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese). Maybe it’s not so surprising when we remember that Spain conquered the vast South American continent, but that isn’t where all the Spanish speaking countries are found. Let’s take a look at a few.
The Taínos, Ciboneys, and the Guanajatabeyes were tribes that lived and farmed on the island now known as Cuba. In 1495, the island was claimed by Spain after Christopher Columbus had discovered it in 1492 and Cuba became one of the first Spanish speaking countries outside of Europe. The Spaniards were harsh rulers and most of the indigenous tribe populations died from various diseases after numbers of slaves were brought to Cuba. The Tainos tribe slept in a type of hammock, which was later introduced to the world by the Spanish.