America. The Land of Opportunity – The “Melting Pot” of Cultures. America’s variety in race has been one of its greatest strengths. Within all the different ethnicities that consist of America, Hispanics have had vital contributions towards the development of our heritage, rich culture, and the building of this great nation. The U.S. Census reports that the estimated number of Hispanics in the United States has exceeded 55 million, making it one of the nation’s largest ethnic minority. That number is projected to more than triple by the year 2050! Florida alone is home to 5 million Hispanics. When we get a little closer to home in Hillsborough County, we can account for 1.5 million Hispanics and in Tampa, there are 350,000 Hispanics whose dedications to faith and family have helped increase the importance of those values in our society. Hispanic culture has been a part of American society in several ways, with the inclusion of food, film, and music, Florida and America have become a livelier place to live.