How many U.S. States have Spanish names and Where did the American dollar come from?

Nine U.S. states have Spanish names: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas.

Spanish place names can be found in North American localities from El Paso, Texas, to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

But perhaps the most intimate sign of the Spanish presence in early American history can be found in your wallet. The American dollar derives from the “Spanish dollar” or peso, a reliable unit of currency in colonial times.

Even the dollar sign is believed to be of Spanish origin.

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