Why do non-Hispanic Americans think that people who speak spanish come from Mexico?

I moved to Georgia from Miami a year ago and I immediately noticed that people would just categorize me as a Mexican just because i look Hispanic and speak spanish. And no matter who much i try to explain to these people that just because one speaks spanish one isn’t from Mexico( or Guatemala or anywhere from Central America) they don’t get it.

So question is: Why do non-Hispanic Americans think that people who speak spanish come from Mexico?

(P.S. I’m Dominican-American)

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