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Created by John Eipper on 10/31/06 1:33 AM - re-latin-america-its-lexical-origins-mendo-castro-henriques-portugal

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re: Latin America: Its Lexical Origins (Mendo Castro Henriques, Portugal) (John Eipper, USA, 10/31/06 1:33 am)

Mendo Castro Henriques writes, in response to JE's question of 25 October,
regarding the 19th-century French origin of the term "Latin America":

The expression "Latin America" was invented by Michel Chevalier, a French " tatiste", serving Napol on III to justify the penetration of France not only in Mexico but in all the New World. Nowadays, the formula is altogether refused by most South American governments. According to the new school of Brazilian Strategical Doctrine, not affiliated with the notorious US School of Americas, and represented by former chancellor Celso Amorim, ambassador Samuel Guimar es, and professor Luiz Bandeira, South America is a geopolitical unity, and since the Declaration of Cuzco 2005, there is a Community of South American Nations, of which Mercosul (or Mercosur) is the structuring axis. As president Cardoso wrote regarding Brazil, "NAFTA is an opportunity but Mercosul is destiny". The recent victory of president Lula [Brazil] is a key point for the strengthening of the South
American community, whereas the defeated candidate Alckmin represented the
North American motivation to destroy Mercosul.
JE comments: Thanks go to Mendo Castro Henriques, for answering an
etymological question I have had for some years. It is a pleasure to hear
from him, and to post his first-ever submission to "WAIS/Midwest."

For information about the World Association of International Studies
(WAIS), and its online publication, the World Affairs Report, read its
homepage by simply double-clicking on: http://wais.stanford.edu/

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

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