What Is Latin America? Geography, Language and Culture Explained

Updated on February 22, 2017
Festival of San Juan, Bolivia. Latin America is a cultural fusion of Amerindian, African and European  traditions.
Festival of San Juan, Bolivia. Latin America is a cultural fusion of Amerindian, African and European traditions. | Source

What is 'Latin America'?

The words 'Latin America' are used to describe the group of 21 countries (listed below) in the American continent where Latin languages are spoken. These countries are all located south of the US-Mexico border, starting with Mexico in North America, extending through Central America and parts of the Caribbean and down into the southernmost tip of South America - the region known as Tierra del Fuego.

Latin America shares elements of historical experience, language and culture. This group of countries have more in common with each other, in many respects, than they do with Canada and the US.

Having said that, Latin America is also a wonderfully diverse group of countries, as well as a growing political and economic force. This region deserves to be defined on its own terms, beyond dismissive stereotypes, rather than being known simply as the less-well known neighbour of the USA. I hope this brief guide will offer a positive introduction to the varied landscapes, peoples and cultures of Latin America.


The Incas of Latin America has an advanced civilization in the 14th and 15th century.
The Incas of Latin America has an advanced civilization in the 14th and 15th century. | Source

Countries

There are 21 main countries in Latin America, if you go by the definition that it is the region of the Americas where Latin languages are spoken. These languages are Spanish, Portuguese and French - part of the legacy of the colonization of the continent by European powers starting in the 16th century.

I have not included the smaller Caribbean island nations as they speak a variety of European languages including English and Dutch. I have also left out Belize and Guyana because although they are located in the same region, they were colonised by Britain in the past and they are English-speaking counties.


List of Countries in Latin America

COUNTRY
CAPITAL CITY
MAIN LANGUAGE SPOKEN
Argentina
Buenos Aires
Spanish
Bolivia
La Paz and / or Sucre
Spanish, also Quechua, Aymara
Brazil
Brasília
Portuguese
Chile
Santiago
Spanish
Colombia
Bogotá
Spanish
Costa Rica
San José
Spanish
Cuba
Havana
Spanish
Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo
Spanish
Ecuador
Quito
Spanish
El Salvador
San Salvador
Spanish
Guatemala
Guatemala City
Spanish
French Guyana
Cayenne
French
Haiti
Port-au-Prince
French
Honduras
Tegucigalpa
Spanish
Mexico
Mexico City
Spanish
Nicaragua
Managua
Spanish
Panama
Panama City
Spanish
Paraguay
Asunción
Spanish
Peru
Lima
Spanish, also Quechua, Aymara
Puerto Rico
San Juan
Spanish
Uruguay
Montevideo
Spanish
Venzuela
Caracas
Spanish

Latin America stretches from Mexico south to Chile

The Snow-capped Andes are a world away from the Amazon basin.
The Snow-capped Andes are a world away from the Amazon basin. | Source
The rainforests of South and Central America are home to a wide range of colourful wildlife such as this Macaw.
The rainforests of South and Central America are home to a wide range of colourful wildlife such as this Macaw.

Geography and Climate

Latin America encompasses a vast and very diverse area of the world. The main natural features of the region include the pampa grasslands of the southern cone, the Andean mountain range, the Amazonian rainforest, the forests and volcanoes of Central America and some of the tropical islands of the Caribbean.

South America has three main habitats - the high mountain range of the Andes, the lush Amazon rainforests and the dry grasslands of the 'cono sur'.

The Andes mountains stretch from Chile north into Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and southern Colombia. The Andes have many snow-capped peaks reaching over 6,000 metres above sea-level, and are also home to glaciers and active volcanoes. It is a dry, cold climate, difficult to survive though many indigenous people manage to live there in very humble circumstances, supported by the farming of llamas and guinea pigs, and by the cultivation of hardy crops such as quinoa, potatoes and peanuts.

The Amazon river basin covers much of the centre of South America, and is the world's largest and most significant rainforest, covering an area of about 2.5 million square miles. The climate here is hot and humid, supporting lush forest and a vast array of exotic wildlife. Scientists have catalogued:

    • 2500 species of fish
    • 1500 species of birds
    • 1800 species of butterflys
    • 4 types of big cats
    • 200 species of mosquitoes
    • 50,000 species of higher plants

Many medical scientists hope that a cure for cancer will be found among the Amazon's as yet undiscovered plants, but this is endangered as a growing number of settlers are cutting their way into the rainforest and establishing farms where forest once grew. This practice is particularly prevalent in Bolivia and Brazil.

The grasslands of the Cono Sur are known as the 'pampa' and have a cooler climate. This region dominates much of southern Argentina and Chile and is ideal for the raising of cattle. Thus Argentinian beef is exported around the world. The cattle-herds who work in this area, mainly travelling on horseback, are known as 'gauchos' and live a semi-nomadic existence.

Central America and Mexico tends to have a hot climate except in mountain areas which are typically cooler. There are significant bodies of rainforest, especially in the east of the region. There are also the rarer but ecologically very important cloud forests - a cooler mountain forest - in Panama and Costa Rica. Again many rare and exotic plants and animals live in this region. There are also many active volcanoes in the area - Nicaragua having the greatest number.

The Caribbean is a group of tropical islands. Many have beautiful sandy beaches and attract large numbers of tourists every year. Unfortunately this has had some negative effects especailly on fish stocks and on coral reefs which have been damaged in places from excessive sunscreen in the water. The climate is hot and sunny, year round again contributing to the popularity of the region as a tourist destination.

Some of the many wild animals unique to Latin America include Capybaras, Tapir, Caimans, Jaguars, Macaw parrots, several species of monkeys including Capuccin and Howler monkeys, and Toucans. Many endangered species live in the Amazon region, including River Dolphins, Manatee and Armadillos.


Introducing the sights and sounds of Latin America

Markets are an important part of the indigenous way of life in the Andes.
Markets are an important part of the indigenous way of life in the Andes. | Source
Afro-Latin Americans have greatly influenced the musical culture of the region. Havana, Cuba.
Afro-Latin Americans have greatly influenced the musical culture of the region. Havana, Cuba. | Source

People and culture

The peoples and cultures of Latin America are many and various, too-detailed to name individually here. However, there are certain elements of population and culture which are broadly common across Latin America and which distinguish the region from English-speaking America.

When European settlers (mainly Spanish and Portuguese) arrived in the 16th century they found a number of thriving indigenous cultures. As well as the hunter-gatherer tribes of the deep forests they encountered highly developed civilisations such as the Incas in South America and the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. Unlike in the US for example, significant numbers of indigenous people survived the process of colonisation - their descendants are an important part of the population culture of Latin America today.

People of 100% indigenous descent are the majority in a couple of Latin American countries - Bolivia being a prime example. However, most countries in Latin America have a majority population of people known as 'mestizos', that is, people of mixed indigenous and European descent. While the pure indigenous have a tendency to hold on to traditional culture such as language and dress, mestizos tend to speak a Latin language and their dress is generally the Western uniform of blue jeans and baseball caps.

Around 10% of the population in most Latin American countries consider themselves to be of fully European descent. At the same time many of the countries in Latin America have significant Afro-Latin American populations - notably Ecuador, Haiti and Cuba. These black Latin Americans are mainly the descendants of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the region to work on sugar-cane plantations.

The arrival of Southern European colonizers brought one unifying common element to the region - the Catholic church. The vast majority of the population of Latin America are Roman Catholic, a fact which distinguishes them from English-speaking America. Thanks in part to the brutality of the Spanish Inquistion, the arrival of Christianity in the region has been almost total - native superstitions have been subsumed and incorporated but the vast majority of the population are church-going Catholics. Evangelical missionaries from other Christian denominations have made some inroads (notably in Central America ) in recent times, including the Mormon Church.

The fusion of indigenous, African and European tradition had lent a great richness to Latin American culture. There are two fields of cultural endeavour where this fusion has caused Latin Americans to gain a worldwide reputation for excellence - literature and music.

Latin American literature is noted for its 'magical realsim', where authors have incorporated the supernatural beliefs common in the local culture into stories told with lyrical and literary language. Famous authors from the region include Nobel prize-winners such as Gabriel Garcia Mazquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, and the ever-popular Isabel Allende.

The music of Latin America is as diverse as its people. The Andes are home to the pan-pipes, while Cuban music is a wonderful fusion of African and Hispanic elements. Nicaragua has an amazing tradition of politically-committed ballads, while Argentina gave us the world famous Tango dance.

To try to describe the character of Latin American people runs the risk of falling into broad generalisations. But in my 14 months travelling this marvellous region I did notice some common characteristics that were very different to the Western culture I grew up in.

People in Latin America have a lot more of what the French call ' joie de vivre'. Even some of the poorest indigenous people always seemed to have time for a joke and a smile with their friends. While people will work very hard there to survive, they are not so motivated to work to get rich - time spent with family is more important to them. And they all seem to be musical - everyone in Latin America can dance like a professional. It was pretty embarrassing for this Irish girl to try a few moves alongside them, I can tell you!

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      a concerned citizen 

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      i am very displeased that Belize is not featured as a country in south america my grandfather went there as a child and got a carving of a parrot.

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      Nathan 

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      Jacinda Jones 

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      This seems like an interesting article. Thanks, Marie Mckeown

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      what you do in the mean time

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      Jonathan69 

      6 months ago

      How to make my delicious avocado soup:

      Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, chile and the garlic and cook until slightly soft, about 2 minutes.

      Season with salt, to taste. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

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      chicken 

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      this helped thanks

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      Marie McKeown your articles are very helpful! Keep up the great work! :)

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      8 months ago

      @Fior

      this sounds very interesting. i hope you have adapted well. could you maybe tell us more about you culture and who you are?

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      Still patrick star 

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      I don’t care what color your skin is I’ll stil treat you the same. Even if you were blue. :D

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      Latin America made tomato jelly :O

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      Fior 

      15 months ago

      I am a Latina educated woman, immigrated to the USA in 1969, education was very important for me as I told myself that I was not going to be like many of my older family members who were illiterate from books but were well disciplined and hard working individuals. I prayed to God always not to allow me to forget about family values. It is very sad how our youngsters are destroying themselves doing negative stuffs that do not help them obtain or gain positive results, or be self sufficient in society, self respect, and hey forget their cultural values from their parents. May the higher power help all of us

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      FGTeeV 

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      well F U jeff lemmer!!!

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      Johnny Cena 

      18 months ago

      Jeff Lemmur, how dare insult dark skinned black boys.

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      i do not agree FGTeeV, so BEGONE THOT

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      yea I agree. blacks should be treated better. just because there skin is differint doesnt mean we can do what we want with them

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      Martin Luther K 

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      No it's because of how black peeps are treated today. Black Lives Matter!

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      FGTeeV 

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      was it about black people still segregated?

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      Martin Luther K 

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      I had a nightmare

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      allll of you r burnt crackers

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      John Oates 

      19 months ago

      I would like to argue on my behalf that I am an Italian Legal Immigrant and not mexican. You can find this information on google and my birth certificate.

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      Gordon Ramsay 

      19 months ago

      You can't spell like Gordon Ramsay you dumb child. Go back to your homeland...

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      u sure u not gay cuz i am way more populer than u. so get ure gay fagot face outa here.

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      Gordon Ramsay 

      19 months ago

      FGTeev: You are not a champion boi. You can't cook like me. I got way more subscribers. You be gay. I cook you and eat you for breakfast.

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      I've paid my dues

      Time after time

      I've done my sentence

      But committed no crime

      And bad mistakes

      I've made a few

      I've had my share of sand kicked in my face

      But I've come through

      We are the losers, my friends

      And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end

      We are the losers

      We are the losers

      No time for champions

      'Cause we are the losers of the world

      I've taken my bows

      And my curtain calls

      You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it

      I thank you all

      But it's been no bed of roses

      No pleasure cruise

      I consider it a challenge before the whole human race

      And I ain't gonna lose

      We are the losers, my friends

      And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end

      We are the losers

      We are the losers

      No time for champions

      'Cause we are the losers of the world

      We are the losers, my friends

      And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end

      We are the losers

      We are the losers

      No time for champions

      'Cause we are the losers

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      I've paid my dues

      Time after time

      I've done my sentence

      But committed no crime

      And bad mistakes

      I've made a few

      I've had my share of sand kicked in my face

      But I've come through

      We are the champions, my friends

      And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end

      We are the champions

      We are the champions

      No time for losers

      'Cause we are the champions of the world

      I've taken my bows

      And my curtain calls

      You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it

      I thank you all

      But it's been no bed of roses

      No pleasure cruise

      I consider it a challenge before the whole human race

      And I ain't gonna lose

      We are the champions, my friends

      And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end

      We are the champions

      We are the champions

      No time for losers

      'Cause we are the champions of the world

      We are the champions, my friends

      And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end

      We are the champions

      We are the champions

      No time for losers

      'Cause we are the champions

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      Gordon Ramsay 

      19 months ago

      I got my frying pan....RiceGum your next........

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      Hcgvbdlkysxujhcb, ms five,jhbsgcf ean cain

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      Solomon Tims 

      19 months ago

      Is Ean Cain On?

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      Solomon Tims 

      19 months ago

      Hi.............................

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      Don't do drug's kids.

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      wuz dat funee

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      there was a guy named Sal. and he was high all the time. once he mixed crack, cocaine, weed, meth, and beer. then he was high as F*CK! so he went to the jungle and raped a hippo. but then he got squashed. and the hippo bit off his tits. then he saw some monkeys that he thought looked like Donald Trump so he beat the $#!t out of them saying my you trapped my brother in Mexico. then the monkeys bit his fingers off and tore off his d*ck then the hippo came back and raped him. and that was his death.

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      Did Ean post dat?

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      That is so funny. by the way, is Jarrett on?

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      Jackie Chan Pow 

      19 months ago

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      Wat Da F*k

      Ching Chong Pow

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      i dont smoke i dont cus i just want to sit in the front of the bus

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      noooooo that is bad

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      Bill Cosby 123 

      19 months ago

      Bibity Bam Bop De Boo I got some drugs for you

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      Thnx

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      Bill Cosby 123 

      19 months ago

      I got some nice wine if ya'll want it......

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      rice gum is amazing

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      FGTeeV 

      19 months ago

      Yoyoyo wuts hapinin

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      james peach 

      19 months ago

      FGTeeV is foolish

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      RiceGum 

      19 months ago

      Buy my new album: "Rice is Life" on Itunes.

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      RiceGum 

      19 months ago

      I COOK YOU LIKE RAMEN BOI.

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      RiceGum 

      19 months ago

      I DROP DAT DISS TRACK LIKE 2016 MUTHA TRUCKA.

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      DrPhil123therapy 

      19 months ago

      I'm here if anyone needs me.....

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      Tom Cruise 

      19 months ago

      Top Gun was a good movie

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      nicky cage 

      19 months ago

      i really appreciate the article for it was very helpful for my assignment, but it would be better to put more logic in it for latin america is in scotland land of the ass eaters

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      ?? 

      19 months ago

      Post more info on people and dates

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      A very sad mexican 

      19 months ago

      Why can't I ever get out of here.

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      Billy Billyson 

      20 months ago

      I'm sorry I now understand my mistake. So I can now infer that Latin America is where Obama is from. Thanks.

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      Billy Billyson 

      20 months ago

      My whole world is gone. My life is a lie. I even had a T-shirt that read "Latin America be in Egypt my boi" I guess T-shirts can lie. Thanks for the help

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      James 

      20 months ago

      really interesting but why would they think latin america is in egypt.

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      clara 

      20 months ago

      hi love this

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      W0T M8 

      20 months ago

      Why would you think Latin America was in Egypt? Latin America is its' own place.

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      Billy Billyson 

      20 months ago

      Is Latin America in Egypt?

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      bobitybob 

      21 months ago

      This would probably be my go to IF i was locked in a big room having to learn about Latin america. :)

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      I’m slowly forgetting English 

      22 months ago

      Way too many words I literally got dizzy reading it

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      Anoymous 

      22 months ago

      I didn't know Latin America made ketchup, the american pastime in dipping sauces!

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      Brya 

      22 months ago

      i did not know gum was a Latin American food

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      Alex 

      22 months ago

      To much reading

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      ciara 

      22 months ago

      i agree with Jordan it is interesting but don't really know about but i would recommend it for people that are inserted.

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      jordan 

      22 months ago

      very interesting i did not know alot about latin america but now i know alot more about its culture!!

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      Joob 

      22 months ago

      Mayas????

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      Jur 

      22 months ago

      Hey everybody. Maybe someone can recommend me some book about Latin America? something similar to this topic?

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      fer 

      23 months ago

      and what about the mayas??

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      piggies 

      23 months ago

      i agree

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      2 years ago

      I don't see how you take the time to do this?

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      Harlie 

      2 years ago

      There are a lot of mistakes in some of the paragraphs. But other than that awesome article i really loved reading this.

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      Martins 

      2 years ago

      guyana and haiti are not latin americans

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      Mary Clement 

      2 years ago

      Thank you, Marie, for your article. You have information for which I was looking and your site allowed me to print it. You certainly made me want to travel there!

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      dick 

      2 years ago

      this is nice

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      Cane 

      3 years ago

      This was very interesting I loved it

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      Yari 

      5 years ago

      Spanish is also spoken in Belize and is considered a Latin country since it was not to long ago part of Guatemala. They share the same traditions, foods, dances, and even Spanish accent. I know because I am Guatemalan. :)

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      Marie McKeown 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Glad you liked it!

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      lerornardo garzon 

      6 years ago

      i thing that is a good things for the kids besause they can learne more of latin america

    • Marie McKeown profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie McKeown 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Partly yes, but also from Anglo Saxon which is a Germanic language.

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      niceperson 

      6 years ago

      English is also derived from Latin

    • Marie McKeown profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie McKeown 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks. Its in now. There are a lot of smaller Caribbean islands and it is hard to include them all!

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      jay 

      7 years ago

      You forgot Puerto Rico

    • Marie McKeown profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie McKeown 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Within the last year.

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      John Smith 

      7 years ago

      When was this last updated?

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Great information and research here Marie! I learned a lot ~ voted UP and USEFUL!

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