Big maps of Central and South America were pinned to the wall with letters cut out of colored paper like in elementary school.
Wine took me from my beautiful native home of California to South America and to France, where I live today.
Francis chose two new cardinals from Africa, two from Asia, two from North and Central America, and three from South America.
Note: Exploration of the continent began in the sixteenth century with the Portugese claiming what is now Brazil and the Spanish claiming most of the remaining land. Settlement was accompanied by the defeat of many of the Native American cultures, including the Inca Empire.
Note: All of the Latin American nations in South America and Central America achieved their independence from Spain or Portugal in the first half of the nineteenth century.