Celebrate Latino Heritage Month, but first, a brief history:
The observation of Hispanic or Latino Heritage Month originated in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson and started as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988 President Ronald Reagan expanded that to 30 days: “It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.” This heritage month celebrates “ …the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central, and South America.”
Within the Latino literary canon, there is rich diversity, not from one country, place, time, or from one language: Tenochtitlan, Iturbide, Salgado, Baca and more ...peruse this list from Ancient to Modern Contributions to the Diaspora.