Mexico and the United States (2)


A large percentage of the cities in these states have Spanish names from the period when they were Mexican/Spanish - San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, El Pas, etc.

"San" means saint in Spanish, and the word after San is the name of the Catholic saint.  For example, San Francisco would be Saint Francis (or Saint Frank) in English
These cities and towns were called San___ because they were Catholic missions (places where the Catholics built churches and tried to spread their religion to the local people).

The Mexicans lost a lot of this land in the Mexican-American war in the 1840s and most people don not know this but until the 1840s, places such as San Diego and Phoenix, Arizona were part of Mexico.  

Visiting the older catholic churches of Southern California and the American Southwest (Arizona and New Mexico), you will feel like you are in Mexico.  Some very old homes and other buildings still remain from the Mexican period of these states' history.                    (J.F)

お役立ち英会話表現 その200
a large percentage of 〜      〜のかなりの割合
saint                               聖人
places such as 〜         〜のような場所
Visiting 〜            〜を訪れると(分詞構文)
feel like 〜           〜のような気がする

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