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Latin America

South of the US border

latin_americaThe people of Latin America all speak Spanish or Portuguese so it's anyone's guess why the region is called Latin America? The Latin language belongs to ancient Rome and is the root language for modern Italian as well as Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, and a few others.

But perhaps Latin refers more to the temperament of the people which is outgoing, passionate and hospitable. Religiously, the majority are Catholic and they pay their tributes to the Vatican. This religious bond does not signify the meaning of Latin either, because other Catholic countries like the Philippines is not referred to as a Latin country although a predominant influence in the past has been Spanish.

The native inhabitants of these islands are almost completely absorbed into the new growing population descended from the British and Spanish colonists and the millions of African slaves who after many generations of freedom form the basis of this colourful population.

The place to find tropical paradise, providing you stay away from the oil spills. From Cuba to Panama and the islands of Bahamas south to to Grenada there is something for everyone from the tropical waters and coral reefs, to hedonistic escapes in the many resorts.

Countries/States/Islands
Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Anguilla (British overseas territory), Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands (British overseas territory), Cayman Islands (British overseas territory), Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe (overseas department of France), Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique (overseas department of France), Montserrat (British overseas territory), Netherlands Antilles (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Puerto Rico (commonwealth of the United States), Saint Barthélemy (overseas collectivity of France), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (overseas collectivity of France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands (British overseas territory), United States Virgin Islands (territory of the United States)

Cover image by Amalijaa

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