What is Latin America? Map of Latin America

Latin America is a region of the Americas and Caribbean where languages derived from Latin are spoken.  There are several languages derived from Latin and they are sometimes referred to as the Romance languages.

In Latin America only three of the Romance languages are officially spoken; French, Portuguese and Spanish.  Latin America includes countries from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Countries in Latin America

Below is a list of Latin American countries by the language spoken.  Keep in mind that some of these countries may have more than one language spoken locally.

French Speaking Countries:  French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin (French side)

Spanish Speaking Countries:  Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (US), Uruguay, Venezuela

One can consider continental United States as Latin America due to the abundance of Spanish speaking residents.

Portuguese Speaking Country: Brazil

Map of Latin America

Map of Latin America

 “Latin America regions” by MexicanGoldenEagle – Geografía Quinto Grado (Geography, Fifth Grade)[1]Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.