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General Latin America

Latin America, in the broadest sense, the entire American land mass south of the United States. In a more restricted sense Latin America comprises those countries of the Americas that developed from the colonies of Spain, Portugal, and France. Because these European powers used languages derived from Latin, the term Latin America was devised to designate the parts of the New World that they colonized.

MSN Encarta: Latin America
Photo by Ph.D. Candidate Hilary Smith, Stone Center for Latin American Studies