Latin America is the region of the Americas where Romance languages, those derived from Latin (particularly Spanish and Portuguese), are primarily spoken, due to earlier being Spanish and Portuguese colonies.
Latin America is often contrasted with Anglo-America, the region of the Americas where English predominates, due to earlier being British colonies. However, there are many places in the Americas where other languages are spoken, such as Amerindian languages.
The different colonial histories have influenced not just spoken languages, but also other regional differences.
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There have been large increases in crime and associated social dysfunctions in parts of Latin America. Politically correct explanations include drug abuse and associated criminality. Less politically correct explanations include increased migrations within the countries, increasing local ethnic heterogeneity which is associated with many negative factors, and breakdown of traditional values causing effects such as family disruption and more single-parent families, which is associated with many negative factors.
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