Latin America is in the broadest sense, the entire western hemisphere of the Americas including parts of the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Central and South America. It does not however include Surinaam, Guyana and French Guiana (an integral part of the French Republic). Latin America has 523 million people, far more than the United States population of about 300 million. It is considered largely Catholic and is Spanish-speaking. Currently it has been known for political activities as U.S. President George W. Bush recently toured on a peace mission to try and curb negative influence steming from Venezualan Dictator, President Hugo Chavez.
The term "Latin America" (and "Latin American") was invented by the French in the 1860s as part of their goal of controlling Mexico. The term has caught on and usually means the resident of any Spanish-speaking, Portuguese speaking or French speaking country south of the U.S. (It does not include Quebec, though French is spoken there.)
- Latin America. Newsmax.