09/18/2013 12:49 pm ET

Oldest U.S. Spanish-Language Daily Approaches 100

El Diario/La Prensa

“El Diario La Prensa” (El Diario, for short), the oldest publishing Spanish-language newspaper in the U.S., will celebrate its centennial next month, but the festivities have already kicked off.

Founded in 1913 as the weekly “La Prensa” by Spanish businessman Rafael Viera, it became a daily when José Camprubí —brother-in-law of future Nobel laureate in Literature Juan Ramón Jiménez— purchased it four years later.

Back then, Spaniards and Cubans made the bulk of New York’s Latino population. Puerto Ricans began arriving in large numbers in the 1920s and a decade later they became the dominant Hispanic group. Since those early days to the multinational metropolis of today, El Dario has been the historical record of New York’s Hispanic community.

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