Latin American History

Latin America

Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. The 20 republics are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The term Latin America is also used to include Puerto Rico, the French West Indies, and other islands of the West Indies where a Romance tongue is spoken. Occasionally the term is used to include Belize, Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname.

See H. M. Bailey and A. P. Nasatir, Latin America: The Development of its Civilization (3d ed. 1973); J. K. Black, Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise (1984); J. W. Hopkins, ed., Latin America: Perspectives on a Region (1987); B. Keen, A History of Latin America (1988); A. Gilbert, Latin America (1990); E. A. Cardoso and A. Helwege, Latin America's Economy: Diversity, Trends, and Conflicts (1992); J. A. Crow, The Epic of Latin America (1992); E. Williamson, The Penguin History of Latin America (1992).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Latin American History: Selected full-text books and articles

A Companion to Latin American History By Thomas H. Holloway Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence By John Charles Chasteen Oxford University Press, 2008
Colonial Lives: Documents on Latin American History, 1550-1850 By Richard Boyer; Geoffrey Spurling Oxford University Press, 2000
Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000 By George Reid Andrews Oxford University Press, 2004
A Political Geography of Latin America By Jonathan R. Barton Routledge, 1997
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