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Created by John Eipper on 10/30/06 6:06 AM - re-latin-america-its-lexical-origins-alain-de-benoist-france

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re: Latin America: Its Lexical Origins (Alain de Benoist, France) (John Eipper, USA, 10/30/06 6:06 am)

John Eipper wrote on 25 October: I also have read that 'Latin America'
was invented by French Imperialists, as a way of justifying French "Latin"
hegemony, during the time of Napoleon III's intervention in Mexico .
Alain de Benoist responds: This is true. This expression was invented by
Napol on III to justify his participation in the invasion of Mexico
together with Maximilian of Austria. This why some people in South
America consider it to be an ideologically charged category. Several other
expressions have been used: Hispanic America (but what about Brazil, where
Portuguese is spoken?), Iberic America and even Indo-America, a term
invented by the Peruvian historian Luis Varc rcel (1891-1987). Indians are
still the majority of the population in countries like Peru, Bolivia,
Paraguay, Mexico and Guatemala.

JE comments: The Argentine writer Liborio Justo, who passed away in 2003
at the age of 101, coined the term "Andesia" to refer to Latin America. It didn't catch on. I was fortunate enough to interview Justo in Buenos
Aires on two occasions, most recently in 1990. Son of the right-wing
dictator Agustin P. Justo, who ruled as president briefly during the
junta-dominated 1930s, Liborio was a textbook example of the rebellious
son--he embraced Trotskyism and purportedly shouted "Down with Yankee
Imperialism" during the visit of Franklin Roosevelt to Argentina in 1936. One can only imagine what the conversations were like at the Justo family
dinner table. Under the pseudonyms "Lobod n Garra" and "Quebracho,"
Liborio wrote a number of very radical books on Latin American culture and

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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA

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