# Words for "East" and "West" in Spanish?

The words I learned when beginning Spanish for east and west are este and oeste, which are basically cognates of their English equivalents.But I've been told that there are other words to denote east and west: oriente and poniente. How did these words get those connotations? Are there times when you would use these words and not este and oeste?Also the main words for north and south are norte and sur, which again are basically cognates. Are there non-cognate words in Spanish that connote north and south?

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