What is a barrio and What does the word barrio mean in Spanish?

Barrio is Spanish for “neighborhood.” In the United States, it refers to a section of a city where Mexican Americans and other Latinos live.

In the early part of this century, segregation often forced Mexican immigrants to settle in the barrios, even though these ghettos were dirty and dangerous.

The one benefit was that Mexican Americans could stay close to other people who knew their native language and culture.

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