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Biography: El Cid

Biography: El Cid

El Cid was the nickname given to Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, a military leader born in 1043 near Burgos, Spain. El Cid is derived from the Arabic word sayyid meaning sir or lord. Rodrigo was born into a noble family and was raised in the court of King Ferdinand the Great (1015-1065).  As a young man he served the king’s son, Sancho II and ascended to the level of commander when Sancho became king in 1065.  He quickly became famous for his military prowess in particular in several campaigns against the Muslim Kingdoms in southern Spain in the area known as Al-Andaluz, modern day Andalusia.

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Biography: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Biography: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German poet and theater director. He wrote many poems, dramas and prose literature. He is known worldwide today. As a child, Goethe lived with his family in Frankfurt and received a very good education. He also studied many languages. Later on he studied law, though he only wanted to write and as such […]

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Biography: Severo Ochoa

Biography: Severo Ochoa

Severo Ochoa de Albornoz was a Spanish-American doctor and biochemist. He is best known for winning the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1959. He was born in Spain in 1905.

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Biography: Dolores Huerta

Biography: Dolores Huerta

Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta was born on April 10, 1930 in New Mexico. Her grandparents had come to the United States from Mexico. Her father was a coal miner and agricultural worker. Her parents divorced when she was only three years old and she and her two brothers were raised by her mother in Stockton, California

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Biography: Miguel de Cervantes

Biography: Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes was a Spanish writer who is considered to be the greatest writer in the Spanish language of all time as well as the writer of one of the world’s first novels. Cervantes is best known for his masterpiece Don Quixote which has been translated into more languages than any other book on earth except for the Bible.

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Hildegard von Bingen Biography

Hildegard von Bingen Biography

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was a Benedictine nun and a German mystic of the Middle Ages. She dealt with such diverse disciplines as religion, medicine, biology and music.

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Biography: Selena

Biography: Selena

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was born on April 16, 1971 in Texas. She is known as the queen of Tejano music, which is a combination of music from Texas and Mexico and is very popular among the Mexican-American populations of southern and central Texas.

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Biography: Cesar Chavez

Biography: Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez was a union leader and civil rights activist. He was ‘Chicano’ a term that refers to the descendants of Mexicans living in the United States.

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Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is a famous Chilean author.

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Biography ~ Shakira

Biography ~ Shakira

Shakira is a very popular Colombian singer. She was born in Baranquilla in February 1977. Her father’s family is of Lebanese origin and her mother’s family comes from Catalonia and Italy. Their ethnic roots have had a great influence on the music of Shakira.

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