Middle and South America (see Figure 5.1) cover an area of the world that is fragmented both in terms of its physical connectivity and its history. Generally, the continents of North American and South America are divided at the Isthmus of Panama, the narrow strip of land that connects the two large landmasses.
What is between the US and South America?
The term Central America refers to the land bridge between the continents of North and South America; it borders the Pacific Ocean in the southwest and the Caribbean Sea in the northeast. There are seven countries in Central America namely Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
What separates South America?
South America is bounded by the Caribbean Sea to the northwest and north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast, east, and southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Drake Passage, south of Cape Horn, separates South America from Antarctica.
Why is South America not united?
Maybe the colonies of Central and South America didn’t unite as much because they didn’t face the threat of US expansionism and they didn’t care that much about increasing trade and infrastructure because they were trapped in a raw material export oriented type of economy (Spain and other countries were probably more …
Can you walk from South America to North America?
The American Hike! This project is an attempt to walk and run the entire length of the Americas from the southern tip of South America (Ushuaia, Argentina) to the northern edge of North America (Inuvik, Canada).
Are North and South America connected?
The Isthmus of Panama in Panama links the continents of North and South America, and separates the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Why is South America called Latin America?
The region consists of people who speak Spanish, Portuguese and French. These languages (together with Italian and Romanian) developed from Latin during the days of the Roman Empire and the Europeans who speak them are sometimes called ‘Latin’ people. Hence the term Latin America.
Is all of South America Latin America?
Latin America is generally understood to consist of the entire continent of South America in addition to Mexico, Central America, and the islands of the Caribbean whose inhabitants speak a Romance language.