38 Facts About Latin America


The term "Latin America" is broader than categories such as Hispanic America, which specifically refers to Spanish-speaking countries; and Ibero-America, which specifically refers to both Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries.

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The term Latin America was a part of its attempt to create a French empire in the Americas.

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Latin America's argument is that French imperialists used the concept of "Latin" America as a way to counter British imperialism, as well as to challenge the German threat to France.

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For Bilbao, "Latin America" was not a geographical concept, as he excluded Brazil, Paraguay, and Mexico.

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Distinction between Latin America and Anglo-America is a convention based on the predominant languages in the Americas by which Romance language- and English-speaking cultures are distinguished.

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Latin America can be subdivided into several subregions based on geography, politics, demographics and culture.

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In Spanish Latin America, manufactured and luxury goods were sent from Spain and entered Spanish Latin America legally only through the Caribbean ports of Veracruz, Havana, and Cartagena, as well as the Pacific port of Callao, in Peru.

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Many regions of Spanish Latin America that were not well supplied by Spanish merchants, such as Central Latin America, participated in contraband trade with foreign merchants.

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In Spanish Latin America, it set off a new wave of struggles for independence.

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Central Latin America opted out of joining the new federated republic of Mexico, with no real conflict.

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Previously Poinsett had traveled widely in Latin America and had concluded a trade agreement with independent Argentina.

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For Britain, asserting economic dominance in Latin America meant that nation-states were sovereign countries, but were dependent on other powers economically.

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Great Britain invested significant capital in Latin America to develop the area as a market for processed goods.

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Latin America's presidency did not last long, however, as he was met with much opposition in Nicaragua and from neighboring countries.

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In general, Latin America stayed out of direct conflict in World War I, but the Great Powers were aware of the region's importance for the short and long term.

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Latin America played an important role in the International Court of Justice.

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Latin America abandoned the routine U S interventions in Latin America that it had claimed as its right and initiated the Good Neighbor Policy in March 1933.

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Latin America sought hemispheric cooperation rather than U S coercion in the region.

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Those who supported a return to the export of commodities for which Latin America had a competitive advantage disagreed with advocates of an expanded industrial sector.

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Latin America struggled in the post-war period without large-scale aid from the U S, which devoted its resources to rebuilding Western Europe, including Germany.

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In Latin America there was increasing inequality, with political consequences in individual couthentries.

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Latin America's government established diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union in April 1945, when the Soviet Union and the U S were allied against the Axis powers.

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Latin America was assassinated on 24 March 1980 while saying mass.

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Latin America was succeed six-years later by another conservative, Felipe Calderon, who attempted to crack down on the Mexican drug cartels and instigated the Mexican drug war.

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Inequality in Latin America has deep historical roots in the Latin European racially based Casta system instituted in Latin America during colonial times that has been difficult to eradicate because of the differences between initial endowments and opportunities among social groups have constrained the poorest's social mobility, thus causing poverty to transmit from generation to generation, and become a vicious cycle.

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Latin America has the highest levels of income inequality in the world.

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The following table lists all the countries in Latin America indicating a valuation of the country's Human Development Index, GDP at purchasing power parity per capita, measurement of inequality through the Gini index, measurement of poverty through the Human Poverty Index, a measure of extreme poverty based on people living on less than 1.

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The rest of Latin America, including Mexico, northern Central America, and central South America (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay), are dominated by mestizos but have large white and indigenous minorities.

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Creole languages of mainland Latin America, similarly, are derived from European languages and various African tongues.

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Studies have shown that Latin America contains the majority of the world's most dangerous cities.

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Water supply and sanitation in Latin America is characterized by insufficient access and in many cases by poor service quality, with detrimental impacts on public health.

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Homophobia in Latin America has historically affected HIV service provision through under reported data and less priority through government programs.

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Transport in Latin America is basically carried out using the road mode, the most developed in the region.

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The 15 busiest ports in South Latin America are: Port of Santos, Port of Bahia de Cartagena (Colombia), Callao (Peru), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Buenos Aires (Argentina), San Antonio (Chile), Buenaventura (Colombia), Itajai, Valparaiso (Chile), Montevideo (Uruguay), Paranagua, Rio Grande, Sao Francisco do Sul, Manaus and Coronel (Chile).

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Venezuelan Armando Reveron, whose work begins to be recognized internationally, is one of the most important artists of the 20th century in South Latin America; he is a precursor of Arte Povera and Happening.

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Venezuelan television has had a great impact in Latin America, is said that whilst "Venezuelan cinema began sporadically in the 1950s[, it] only emerged as a national-cultural movement in the mid-1970s" when it gained state support and auteurs could produce work.

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Latin America has produced many successful worldwide artists in terms of recorded global music sales.

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Latin America has produced world-class classical performers such as the Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau, Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire and the Argentine pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.

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