You might have heard nothing regarding Latin America in history class outside of that of Maya, Aztecs, and Incas. But there are many Facts About Latin America that you should know.
There’s a reason why the current issues and events and its diverse culture are absent from the history classes at high schools and newspapers and our daily thoughts.
Understanding Latin America, or at least understanding how the area is viewed, is vital to understanding and understanding the United States and the other countries. Here are some facts that are not widely known.
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Facts About Latin America
1. More than 90 tribes that are uncontacted live throughout Latin America. They are mostly known to be located in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela within the Amazon Rainforest.
2. 80 percent of the population living in Latin America reside in cities, and it is the most urbanized region of the world.
3. Mexico City sinks ten inches each year! With an increasing population using the groundwater, the city and its buildings are slowly sinking.
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4. In the tiny city of Yoro, Honduras, it rains twice per year on fish. (Yes, it’s true!)
5. The Andean Highlands of Peru produce more than 4000 varieties of potatoes of every shape, size, and shade.
6. 20 percent of the oxygen in the world is produced through Amazon Rainforest. This is a good reason to be supportive of conservation efforts!
7. There are 17 different ways to pronounce “popcorn,” depending on where you are in Latin America! In Ecuador, we refer to it as Canguil.
8. El Salvador and Ecuador use El Salvador, and Ecuador uses the US Dollar as their local currency. Do you remember all those dollar coins that have Sacagawea and US Presidents? They’re used instead of $1 bills!
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9. Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is technically the highest point in the world! When measured from the middle of the Earth, Chimborazo is much more than Mount Everest; read more about it here.
10. It’s not just Spanish! There are more than 370 languages spoken across Latin America. However, many of them are disappearing due to declining cultural significance or speaking in a language that is not taught in schools to provide them with. According to some, at the time of first contact between Europeans between the 15th and 16th centuries, more than 1500 languages were used.