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Latinos, or Hispanics, have been part of the Americas for longer than the northern European colonizers, who began arriving in significant numbers and lasting settlement in North America only in the 1600s.

When looking at a photograph such as this one, it is worth remembering that Latinos were living in the lands that became the United States for generations, even centuries, before those lands became states of the Union.

We do not know, but it may well be the case that the brothers Manuel and Pedro were just such Latino citizens of the United States.