Spain is a country in Europe. Its leaders have shaped parts of the world for hundreds of years. In the past, Spain showed its power through the exploration and takeover of lands in parts of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands.
Over time, places such as Mexico and Cuba won independence from Spain. But Spanish culture is still strong in those countries.
In the United States, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15. It honors the traditions and ways of life of people whose ancestors can be traced back to Spanish-speaking countries.