Latin America consists of the nations south of the Rio Grande, whose inhabitants predominantly speak one of three languages derived from Latin: Spanish, Portuguese, or French. Although many of us are most familiar with images of the sun-splashed beaches of Brazil or the rugged highlands of Peru, Latin America also includes many small Caribbean nations, such as the Dominican Republic and Barbados.
Latin America explores the diverse cultural, economic, political, and natural landscapes of this unique regionone that is dominated by people of Iberian and Amerindian descent, and is home to some of the world’s poorest and wealthiest nations. From its breathtaking natural featureswhich include the majestic Angel Falls in Venezuela and the voluminous Amazon River, which each day discharges as much water as New York City uses in nine yearsto its volatile political history, Latin America is a region of great contrasts and extremes.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Maps. History at a glance. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.
About the Author(s)
Author and series consulting editor Charles F. Gritzner is Distinguished Professor of Geography Emeritus at South Dakota State University in Brookings. He is the consulting editor and frequent author of the Modern World Nations. Gritzner has served as both president and executive director of the National Council for Geographic Education and has received numerous awards in recognition of his academic and teaching achievements, including the NCGE’s George J. Miller Award for Distinguished Service for geography and geographic education. In March 2006, he earned the Association of American Geographers' highest award when he was presented the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education at the society's annual meeting in Chicago.