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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 or Portuguese, which are Latin-derived languages: South America, Central America, Mexico, and most islands of the Caribbean.

Usage notesEdit

This term sometimes includes the French 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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