Spanish is the official language of 21 countries and is predicted to be the most widely spoken language in the Western World after English. Not surprisingly, Spanish is one of the official languages of the United Nations. Spanish is also an important trading language in the Asia Pacific region.
The occupations in which Spanish students can make direct use of the language include:
Business, science and commerce
Professional interpreting and translating
Teaching at all levels
Tourism: 21 countries to chose from and only one language to learn
(Center for Portuguese Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 1995) Richardson, W A R
The author examines the writings and maps of Manuel Godinho de Eredia from the early 1600s, and concludes that Eredia's "increasingly contradictory and far-fetched written and cartographical portrayals of India Meridional" should not be used to prove an earlier discovery of Australia.