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Pathways to the Spanish- and French-speaking worlds! 

The most comprehensive site linking you quickly to any aspect of the Spanish-speaking world:  http://blogs.lawrence.edu/gustavofares/www-sites-in-spanish/www-sites/www-sites-spanish-language-and-culture

To start general research on a particular country, the CIA World Factbookhttps://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.htmll can be useful.   You will find the most recently updated statistics and maps for any country in the world. 

For a general history of Spanish language and literature:
http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/Spanish/Spanish.html

For exploring the Latino American experience, the PBS series The Latino Americanoshttp://video.pbs.org/program/latino-americanos/episodes/

For exploring African heritage in Latin America with Dr. Henry Louis Gates (includes many extra resources and activities): http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america

For exploring Latin Music in the USA:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/latinmusicusa/

To plan  and organize your research for projects, use the Research Project Calculator:  http://rpc.elm4you.org

To explore art from the Spanish-speaking world see Khan Academy Videos:  http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history

Sound Files and Texts for Listening and Reading Practice

BBC Mundohttp://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/news - excellent listening and reading on a wide range of topics

El Mundo
http://www.elmundo.es/multimedia - reading practice from a major Spanish news source.

Radio Naciones Unidashttp://www.un.org/radio/es - radio, podcasts and articles from the United Nations radio service

Spanish Audio Gazette from the University of Toronto.  http://lab.chass.utoronto.ca/rescentre/spanish/index.html - excellent practice in listening to various dialects in articles on various culturally relevant topics