What were Hispanics interested to improve about their lives in modern and contemporary time? We can tell from the inventions they made to ease their lives, without probably knowing they will change the lives of millions of other people on the planet. One thing is sure, there is something REVOLUTIONARY in many aspects, about the Hispanic Heritage.
Let’s take a deep breath into the Hispanic Heritage and what it gave to the world. Thank you to the Latino world for its precious spirit! Hispanic Heritage Month is a big Thank You party!
#1 Guacamole, Salsa, Empanada
From “pass me the salt” to “it was delicious”, many households and public places run the famous Latino dish parade that makes an Asia dream for more, a European look up recipes on the Internet to reproduce it at home, and an American go out with friends to get some. Yes! We’re talking about the Latino stars on the table.
Guacamole entered the international vocabulary easily. The famous greenish paste is labeled Hispanic Heritage, more specifically Mexico. On a simple Google search, you’ll find more than 5 million Guacamole recipes in English alone. If you didn’t Play the Hispanic Heritage record in your kitchen, here is a brief version of this homemade dish for you:
- 2 ripe avocados.
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt.
- 1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice.
- 2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion.
- 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced.
- 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped.
- A dash of freshly grated black pepper.
Salsa, the sauce, became famous for centuries worldwide. Hispanic travelled with it in their bag, or once abroad they cooked it for new friends and their own delight. Secondly, travellers in the Hispanic regions fell in love with the taste and reproduced it when they got to their motherland.
Empanada is present at every respectable Hispanic Heritage food festival. It is highly popular in Latin and South America and is thus consider of Hispanic Heritage. Can you believe there are also Empanada festivals in the world?
#2 Salsa, the dance
Google accounts for over 2 million salsa festival mentions worldwide. The dance is a mix of Latin musical genres and that’s why it is considered as part of the Hispanic Heritage. But its primary component is Cuban dance music. The roots of salsa are in Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, the Eastern part of the country. Influences comprise the Afro-Cuban dance like Afro-Cuban rumba.
There are more than 30 million salsa clubs in the world. So, here’s a natural question. Why do people enjoy salsa so much? Do they want to carry on the Hispanic Heritage for some strange reason? No way, Jose!
It’s definitely more energetic and fun than others. And more social and playful. When my salsa lessons end I feel like a little kid when recess is over and I have to go back to boring school. Hehe. Especially… when he decides to switch to… tango. (Wonderwoman on the dance-forums.com)
#3 The color TV set
Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena was a Mexican born in Guadalajara, living later in Mexico City, who worked on one of the early color television sets, a system called “Chromoscopic adapter for television equipment.” For specialists it makes more sense, but for the rest of us it’s worth remembering for a mime game or to play smart among your party if friends.
Actually, he is the man who also introduced color television to Mexico. Wow, right? His passionate contribution made it to the Hispanic Heritage in Latina America, as well as the Hispanic Heritage of the whole world.
Mr. Camarena, was an electrical engineer as an adult, but as a kid, a curious player and inventor. At 12 he made his first major achievement in the field of radio transmissions. Wow must go on!
#4 The famous Pen
There is a nice expat story behind the Pen and its invention. In Argentina, people use the term “birome” to make reference to László József Biró who invented the Pen in the name of Argentina. Although he was Hungarian by birth, he considered himself and lived as an Argentinian.
Do you like photography as an observer or a doer? Time to say Thank You for this invention to Hércules Florence. He was partly Brazilian, partly French. His photograph, that occurred 3 years before the famous Daguerreotype, is worth a big hand and is now part of the Hispanic Heritage of the world.
#6 Capcha Codes
Did you know that the online access code format meant to avoid spam was created by Dr. Luis Von Ahn? Well, yes! Guess why this cool invention is part of the Hispanic Heritage? Because Dr.Luis Von Ahn was born in Guatemala.
#7 Hammock Support
The hammocks are one of the most helpful and relaxing invention on the planet. It started to be used by Caribbean people first, and were made from the woven bark of the Hamack Tree, hence “hamacas” before it got so popular in South America and then the rest of the world. But lately, when trees are not so much an urban element to find at every step, the hammock support is vital. It may be only an accessory, but without it it would be no functionality for the hammock in certainspaces.
It was Graciela V.O. de Cuadros from Ecuador, who invented the collapsible hammock support.
#8 Bandages that deliver medicine
Do you know the medicine patches for people with heart diseases? The Uruguayan Alejandro Zaffaroni is behind it. He developed the bandage that delivers drug through the skin. It is a revolution in the medicine world!
#9 Hypertension treatment
Thank Miguel Angel Ondetti for being a skilful Angel and developing the Proline Derivatives and Related Compounds, now used to treat your grandma’s or friend’s hypertension. It’s a cherry on the cake of the Hispanic Heritage. In case you wonder, the inventor was an Argentine-born American.
#10 Saviour Stents
Do you anyone who went through a surgery for a Stent that saved his/her life? Do you know 1 out of 4 people in the USA dies of coronary heart disease that require a Stent? Now imagine the greatness of this invention. It belongs to Argentine Julio C. Palmaz, a doctor who moved to Texas after living much of his life in Argentina. He actually studied at the National University of La Plata in Argentina.
#11 Essential part that make circuit breakers work
The full name of Hoyma J. Mazar’s invention that changed our comfort for ever, is “Electrical switching apparatus and terminal connector.” The invention, which can be used in circuit breakers. Mr. Mazar worked on its invention in Dominican Republic, his motherland.
#12 The neonatal artificial bubble
Babies who are born too early have a huge chance to live happily after that moment thanks to the Peruvian Claudio Castillón Lévano, who invented the neonatal artificial bubble. One of the back bones of the Hispanic Heritage that changed the world.