What is the origin of spanish?
The Spanish language was brought across the Atlantic to the Americas by Spanish explorers and Conquistadors in the 16th and 17th centuries, and it spread rapidly throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The proliferation of Spanish as an adopted language is evident in the fact that today, Spain, the birthplace of the language, does not have the largest Spanish-speaking population. Both Mexico and Columbia have larger groups of native speakers.
And today, with more than 430 million native speakers in 20 countries, Spanish is truly a world language, and the second most spoken language on the planet after Mandarin Chinese. Spanish is the official language of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and the majority of Central and South America. In the United States, over 45 million people are native or second-language Spanish speakers and make significant cultural contributions to the nation. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the US, and the number of speakers is growing.
Spanish or Castilian (español or castellano) is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that originated in northern Spain and gradually spread in the Kingdom of Castile, evolving into the principal language of government and trade in the Iberian peninsula. It was taken most notably to the Americas as well as to Africa and Asia Pacific with the expansion of the Spanish Empire between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
lol. my general knowledge isn't as good as whitechocolate's but from what I have learned, spanish originated from spain and spread around to other countries wiping out many cultural languages of their own. there are many sacred languages that have been lost for centuries because of it. hope this answers your question in some way. :)
Latin is the "mother" language for all romance languages. and spanish just happens to be a romance language. so, I believe that spanish comes from latin. =]