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About 65% of Hispanic Americans are of Mexican descent. Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth. Americans of Puerto Rican origin make up 9.4% of the Hispanic American population.
An estimated 3.6% of Hispanic Americans have a Cuban background. Cuba is a multicultural island nation.
People of Salvadoran descent make up 3.4% of the Hispanic American population. El Salvador is the most densely populated country in Central America.
About 3% of Hispanic Americans have roots in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.