A Spanish American is a citizen or resident of the United States with ethnic origins in the southwestern European nation of Spain. Spanish Americans are the earliest European American group, with a continuous presence since 1565. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_American For 2008, the American Community Survey estimates give a total of 625,562 Americans classified as "Spaniard". Of these, 86% (538,746) were U.S.-born. Of the 86,816 who were born abroad, 62.7% were born in Europe, 28.0% in Latin America, 7.8% in Asia, 0.7% in Africa and Northern America each, and 0.1% in Oceania. A further 474,283 were estimated to identify as "Spanish", and another 57,554 as "Spanish American". For more on these latter two groups, see the section titled Number of Spanish Americans.