The words "Latin America" are used to describe a group of 21 countries in the American continent where Latin languages are spoken.
People from these countries share elements of historical experience, language, and culture. They have more in common with each other, in many respects, than they do with Canada and the United States.
The region is comprised of an extremely diverse group of countries and has a growing political and economic force to be reckoned with.
Latin America deserves to be defined on its own terms, beyond dismissive stereotypes, rather than being referred to as the less-well-known neighbor of the United States.