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ERIC Number: EJ1087486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1933 8341
"Latin" and "Anglo" America Geographic Regions Do Not Exist
Bernardes DaSilva, Edmar; Kvasnak, Robert Neil
Geography Teacher, v12 n3 p132-137 2015
The regional divisions termed as "Latin America" versus "Anglo-America" used by many geographers do not fully reflect the cultural and political trends in the world today. "Latin" is a term that was coined by the French Emperor Napoleon the III in order to justify Mexico's being ruled by Maximillian, and later picked up by political movements in different countries in an endeavor by political powers to cement the rule of a class of people of European origin over native and Afro-descendent peoples. The basis of this was the dominance of the Spanish and Portuguese languages (romance languages--also called "Latin" languages together with French, Italian, Romanian, etc.) in many countries. The intent of this review article is directed mostly to geography educators at grades K-12 and college geography professors and is an attempt at explaining why the terms "Latin" and "Anglo" Americas are not the best when applied to the Americas for the purposes of regional division. In this article the authors also discuss Harm de Blij's definitions of regional divisions whereby the Americas are divided in North, Middle, and South Americas. Professor de Blij even used a deeper division when dividing South America into four micro-regions (Brazil; the South--Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay; the West--Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador; the North--Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana), and Middle America in two micro-regions, one which he called Central America and the other Caribbean.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America; South America
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