The English word vanilla comes from the Spanish word vaina, meaning “sheath” or “little pod.”
While Spain had done well for itself in the Age of Imperialism, they didn’t do well in Africa. As such, today only the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea speaks Spanish as the official language.
Egica was a king in the 7th century ruling over what is now modern-day Spain. One of his worst actions as king was enslaving Jewish people and force converting their youngest children to Christianity.
The root word of the English word tornado comes from the Spanish word tronar meaning “to thunder.”