South America is a land of revolución and political drama. From Colombia in the North to Argentina and Chile in the Southern extremities of the continent South America is one of the most unique landscapes in the world, but it has one of the most homogeneous ethnic cultures. Centuries of colonialism on behalf of the European powers, in particular the Spanish and Portuguese, has created a common culture and language that extends over nearly the whole region.
However, despite the continuous cultural characteristics of South America, politically it is an incredibly diverse region. Here military regimes have clashed with populist movements and freedom fighters with colonial governments. This is a continent where political passions stay at the surface and create one of the most vibrant political landscapes. Brazil, the region’s largest nation, is also one of the world’s fastest growing economies and an increasingly powerful political force. Their success is emphatic of a wider regional push for increased political and economic dominance in global politics, although some nations, such as Argentina and Venezuela, may have a bumpier road to economic prosperity.
From the Andean highs to the jungles of the Amazon this continent pulses with politics and in the modern world these politics will grow increasingly influential. South America is able to carve its own political course and although there will be some unique challenges it is also a continent of unique politics.
“The Admiral says that he never beheld so fair a thing: trees all along the river, beautiful and green, and different from ours, with flowers and fruits each according to their kind, many birds and little birds which sing very sweetly”.
Christopher Columbus, (1451-1506) Italian Explorer & Navigator