California and the Southwest, and cities such as New York city and Miami).
There is also increasing attention to the relations between Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole.
Latin American culture is the formal or informal expression of the people of Latin America, and includes both high culture (literature, high art) and popular culture (music, folk art and dance) as well as religion and other customary practices. There is also an important Latin American cultural presence in the United States (e.g.
Several nations, especially in the Caribbean, have their own Creole languages, derived from European languages and various African tongues.
Native American languages are spoken in many Latin American nations, mainly Peru, Panama, Ecuador, Guatemala, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Mexico.
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Portuguese is spoken primarily in Brazil (See Brazilian Portuguese), where it is both the official and the national language.
French is also spoken in smaller countries, in the Caribbean, and French Guiana.
This diversity has profoundly influenced religion, music and politics.
This cultural heritage is (arguably improperly) called Latin or Latino in United States' English. S., and in many languages (especially romance ones) "Latino" just means "Latin", referring to cultures and peoples that can trace their heritage back to the ancient Roman Empire. Spanish is the language in the majority of the countries (See Spanish language in the Americas).
Only in three countries, do the Amerindians make up the majority of the population. In the rest of the continent, most of the Native American descendants are of mixed race ancestry.