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Where Does Central America Fit In?

Sat Jun 05, 2004 11:45 pm

Here is an interesting debate question.

Where does Central America fit in. I know technically it is part of North America, yet I would think they have more ties to South America. Its sort of like a no mans land if you know what I mean, like the Caribbean Islands.
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RE: Where Does Central America Fit In?

Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:05 am

Aaah, it´s that time of year again, the Europe vs. US debate about what´s a continent.

Central America is part of the continent America.

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RE: Where Does Central America Fit In?

Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:24 am

Didn't we discuss this Dan?

There is no official America continent. Granted the whole of both North and South America is considered America, in honor of Amerigo, the official names are north and south. What I was wondering was, SA)">NA seems to always be Mexico, US, Canada, while SA is everything on the mass of the South American Continent, leaving the strip of land that makes up Central America, and it just doesn't seem to fit in with either at times, and I was wondering where everyone thought they belonged. Apparently, you are one of the many who feel that all the Americas should be one America, which I respect, however the official names tend to disagree with. It makes sense however.

I would tend to think that it could be a more cultural demarcation, i.e. the Latin world and the world settled more or less by the Anglo-European, as opposed to the Iberian, however that would put Mexico out of place, and then you have a sort of Europe/Asia border thing going on where cultures are the dividing points. It makes sense to have the two continents because of the cultural barrier, and also because of climatological, and the fact that there was no real North/South travel between the two landmasses, they tended to be more east west, therefore cultures spread on east west axis and not north south axis, another reason for North/South demarcation. It makes a lot of sense when going back through the history, Central America, though a point of travel between North and South America, really had its own cultures before the arrival of the new world, that were remotely separated from one another because of jungles, and other difficulties of traveling at such low latitudes.
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