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  1. Latin America [c], also spelled Latam [d] is the large portion of the Americas that are regions where Romance languages —languages that came from Latin, e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, and French –are predominantly spoken.

  2. Of the more than 469 million people who speak Spanish as their native language, more than 422 million are in Latin America, the United States and Canada. [1] [when?]. The total amount of native and non-native speakers of Spanish is approximately 592 million. [2] There are numerous regional particularities and idiomatic expressions within Spanish.

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    • 20,111,457 square kilometers (7,765,077 square miles)
    • 31 per square kilometer (80 per square mile)
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    The Spanish conquest of the Americas began in 1492, and ultimately was part of a larger historical process of world discovery, through which various European powers colonized a considerable amount of territory and peoples in the Americas, Asia, and Africa between the 15th and 20th centuries. Hispanic America became the main part of the vast Spanish...

    Ethnology

    The population of the Hispanic America is made up of the descendants of three large ethnic groups and their combinations. • The Indigenous peoples of the Americas, descendants of Incas, Aztecs, Mayanand others. • Those of European ancestry, mainly Spanish, and Italian; less, German, and French. • Those of African ancestry, mainly of West and Central African descent. Unlike in the United States, there were no anti-miscegenation policies in Latin America. Though still a racially stratified soci...

    Languages

    Spanish is the official language in most Hispanic American countries, and it is spoken by the vast majority of the population. Native American languages are widely spoken in Chile, Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia, Paraguay and Mexico, and, to a lesser degree, in Panama, Ecuador, Colombia,and Venezuela. In some Hispanic American countries, the population of speakers of indigenous languages tends to be very small or even non-existent (e.g. Uruguay). Mexico contains the largest variety of indigenous la...

    Cuisine

    Hispanic cuisine as the term is applied in the Western Hemisphere, is a misnomer. What is usually considered Hispanic cuisine in the United States is mostly Mexican and Central American cuisine. Mexican cuisine is composed of mainly indigenous—Aztec and Mayan—and Spanish influences.[citation needed] Mexican cuisine is considered intangible cultural heritageby UNESCO and can be found all over the United States. In the United States, with its growing Hispanic population, food staples from Mexic...

    Religion

    The Spanish and the Portuguese took the Roman Catholic faith to their colonies in the Americas, Africa, and Asia; Roman Catholicism remains the predominant religion amongst most Hispanic Americans. Membership in Protestant denominations is increasing, particularly in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and other countries. In particular, Pentecostalism has experienced massive growth. This movement is increasingly attracting Latin America's middle classes. Anglicanismalso...

  5. Spanish is a Romance language of the Indo-European language family that evolved from colloquial Latin spoken on the Iberian Peninsula. Today, it is a global language with more than 500 million native speakers, mainly in the Americas and Spain. Spanish is the official language of 20 countries.

  6. history of Latin America, history of the region from the pre-Columbian period and including colonization by the Spanish and Portuguese beginning in the 15th century, the 19th-century wars of independence, and developments to the end of the 20th century.

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