Queen Sofía Spanish Institute: The ‘mustang’ are Mesteños and ‘alligator’, the lizard: the words that American English took from Spanish | Culture

The Spanish explorers of the sixteenth century came across the dense mangroves of Florida (USA) with menacing and gigantic reptiles never seen before by them. So due to similarity with the peninsular ones they called them lizards, a word that was introduced in English as alligator, deriving directly from “the lizard”, as it was shouted […]

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