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Modern Latin America


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Modern Latin America

  1. 1. Modern Latin America Nadya Dooley 5/15/11
  2. 2. Latin America <ul><li>Latin America is the region of the Americas where Romance languages are spoken </li></ul><ul><li>As of 2010 it’s population was estimated to be more than 590 million people </li></ul><ul><li>Latin America’s area is about 7,880,000 square miles </li></ul>
  3. 3. Latin Americas Freedom <ul><li>Portuguese and Spanish rule were ended by 1824 and Mexico, Central America and South America became independent nations </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom caused cultural changes and other changes in all these places, although the peoples still like to keep their old rituals alive </li></ul><ul><li>Haiti was the first black republic in the hemisphere </li></ul>
  4. 4. Britain and Latin America <ul><li>Britain played a big role when Latin America gained freedom from Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Britain involved itself in every aspect of Latin America life except for politics </li></ul><ul><li>Even with assistance, Latin America struggled to gain stability </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Wars of Latin America <ul><li>Independence wars plagued lots of the countries </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly they were struggles for power, by people who were frustrated with the power distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes they fought over religion </li></ul><ul><li>There were a lot of copycats of the American and Spanish revolutions </li></ul><ul><li>Usually the revolts and wars failed, but occasionally they were successful </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Second World Part 1: Mexico <ul><li>Mexico lies under Americas strategic umbrella because of the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) </li></ul><ul><li>Manufactured goods now account for 80% of its exports </li></ul><ul><li>Some of Mexico's problems are wider income gaps, more drug and people trafficking to the U.S and raised prices </li></ul><ul><li>Groups called polleros (coyotes) smuggle immigrants into the US, as well as trafficking drugs through Mexico </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Second World Part 2: Venezuela <ul><li>Venezuela without oil would be just another third-world agricultural backwater </li></ul><ul><li>The region suffers under the presidential power of corrupt Hugo Chávez </li></ul><ul><li>Venezuela is building the biggest pipeline in the world, all the way from Venezuela to Argentina </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Second World Part 3: Colombia <ul><li>Colombia itself is a deeply divided society </li></ul><ul><li>60% of the 3.5 million people live in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Colombia has a reputation as the capital of the drug trade </li></ul><ul><li>America’s militarized approach ot the drug problem isn’t helping the war </li></ul><ul><li>Colombia’s president is Alvaro Uribe </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Second World Part 4: Brazil <ul><li>Brazil is South America’s US, its size alone making it the continents natural leader </li></ul><ul><li>Its lush climate makes it the worlds largest exporter of beef, oranges, sugar, coffee, poultry, pork and soy </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil is the largest carbon dioxide emitter behind China and India </li></ul><ul><li>Deforestation has cost the Amazon 20% of its size </li></ul>
  10. 10. Latin American Sport Stars Part 1: Ivan Becerra <ul><li>Ivan Becerra was born on May 22, 1984, in San Louis Potosí </li></ul><ul><li>He played at Mission College and scored 34 goals and 19 assists in two seasons </li></ul><ul><li>He currently plays for the Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL Proffesional Division </li></ul>
  11. 11. Latin American Sport Stars Part 2: Fernando Valenzuela Anguamea <ul><li>Fernando Valenzuela, born November 1st, 1960, is the youngest of 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Among his achievements are 1981 NL rookie of the year as well as world series champion </li></ul><ul><li>He’s currently a Spanish radio broadcaster for the Dodgers </li></ul>