By Christine Stoddard
Long before the adventures of John Rolfe and Pocahontas, Spanish ships reached Virginias shore. In the centuries that followed, Hispanics and Latinos settled in Virginia to seek new opportunities away from home. The 1980s saw the beginnings of el Nuevo Sur, or the New South, as Virginias Latin American population surged. Since then, the now-defunct Virginia Center for Latin American Art briefly showcased Virginias Latino and Hispanic evolving arts heritage. Restaurants like Pollo Campero and La Tasca have joined the local culinary scene, and schools and churches have forged plans for their changing communities. Join author Christine Stoddard as she traces the vibrant history and culture of Hispanics and Latinos in Virginia.