Spanish, a Western Romance language originated in the Castile region of Spain. In fact, its considered the world’s second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese. It’s part of the Ibero-Romance group of languages, which evolved from several dialects of Vulgar Latin in Iberia. The oldest Latin texts with traces of Spanish come from mid-northern Iberia in the 9th century, and the first systematic written use of the language happened in Toledo, the capital of the Kingdom of Castile, in the 13th century. Beginning in the early 16th century, it took to the viceroyalties of the Empire, most notably to the Americas, as well as territories in Africa, Oceania and the Philippines.
Around 75% of modern Spanish vocabulary derived from Latin. Ancient Greek has also contributed substantially to the vocabulary, especially through Latin, where it had a significant impact.
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