Searching for origin of the word ‘Gringo’

More than any other destination for North American expats, Cuenca has laid claim to the word “gringo.” There are gringo nights, gringo meet-ups, Gringolandia, gringo invasions and, not to mention Gringo Post and Gringo Tree. Of the two dozen or so websites and blogs that include the word “gringo” in their url worldwide, more than half are based in Cuenca. Not only is the word bandied freely about among expats, it is a handy way for Cuencanos to identify not just North Americans, but Europeans, Aussies, and the odd Kiwi as well. With all the talk about gringos in Cuenca,…

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