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10 Milestones in the Immigration of Latin Americans

How the US Hispanic population grew so large

Mother of dead soldier in El Salvador

The mother of a dead soldier receives his coffin during the civil war in El Salvador. — Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

1979-1988

The poverty and political instability that accompanies the Sandinistas' rise to power and Nicaragua's contra war, as well as the civil war in El Salvador, trigger the migration of hundreds of thousands of citizens from the two Central American countries.

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