South Africans of Hispanic descent

South Africans of Hispanic descent

(Spanish: "Hispano-sudafricanos"), South Africans of Hispanic origins.

The first Spaniards to live in South Africa were refugees who fled Spanish Civil War from 1936–1939 and Francisco Franco’s administration until his death in 1975. Some of them may be native-born Equatorial Guineans who transferred to South Africa also as refugees who escaped harsh administration of Francisco Macías Nguema while the rest are people whose Spanish descent is from one of Hispanic countries of Latin America. They settled South Africa as businesspeople or simple people. Most of them have been assimilated to mainstream white South African society and many of them even intermarried with blacks, other whites, and Asians. Fact|date=December 2007

Most Spanish South Africans are Castilians and Basques. There are some Galician, Catalan, Andalusian, Aragonese, Asturian, Gypsy, Spanish Jewish, and Chinese ethnicities in Spanish population.

Most of them exclusively speak English or Afrikaans. They may also speak one of official South African Bantu languages, like Zulu, Tswana, and Xitsonga. Only a few Spanish South Africans speak Spanish and regional Spanish languages Basque, Catalan, and Galician.

Most Spaniards, like most other South Africans, are Christians, but most in their case, they are Roman Catholics. There are some Protestants among them. Some are Jews, whose ancestors escaped Inquisition.

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