Latin America

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From French Amérique latine. Thought to be coined by French Emperor Napoleon III.

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Latin America

  1. Those parts of the Americas which speak Spanish, Portuguese, French or Creoles based on them, which are Latin-derived languages: South America, Central America, Mexico, and most islands of the Caribbean.

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This term sometimes includes the French and French Creole areas in the Caribbean and South America, but does not include French-speaking North America. When used loosely, it includes all of Central America, South America and Caribbean (loose definition of Caribbean, except the Florida Keys), and Mexico.

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