Posted on June 27, 2008

Proposed License Plate States ‘Hispanics Discovered Florida’

Victor Manuel Ramos, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 26, 2008

Honk if you love Hispanics.

A license plate that touts “Hispanics Discovered Florida” may soon join the 109 specialty tags drivers can choose from.


Danny Ramos, the group’s president [National Hispanic Corporate Achievers, a Longwood group that sponsors minority job fairs], said the tag’s message is about cultural pride for Florida’s 3.6 million Hispanics—even if not all of Latin American or Spanish descent identify with the term.

“Every community wants to be recognized for its contributions to society,” Ramos said. “I think this is just part of our assimilation process and our acceptance in Florida.”

A preliminary concept for the plate seeks to unify Hispanics by going back to their historical roots—when Spaniards colonized the peninsula before the arrival of English-speaking settlers.

One concept features the image of a Spanish galleon and the date 1513—the year Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon first landed in what is now Florida.