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GEOG 100 September 14, 2010 Latin America and the Caribbean Defining Latin America o Nothing explicitly LATIN about Latin America An early concept used to separate Angle-America (US, Canada, British Protectorates) from Spanish, Portuguese, and French- speaking countries o Moving north to south, Latin America includes: Mexico Central America South America – The Guyanas o Remember, though, regional borders transcend country borders Are Miami, FL, San Antonio, TX, or even Plsen. Chicago, IL part of Latin America? o 17 countries all except one (Brazil) primarily speak Spanish o Regional Population: ~527 million Largest countries Brazil, 190 million Mexico, 107 million Colombia, 43 million Smallest countries Belize, 285,000 Panama, 3.1 million Uruguay, 3.4 million o An urban region 75% live in cities High urban primacy in many countries Megacities and world cities o Situated largely within the tropics (23.5 ° N to 23.5
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