Ironically, no one who's posted in this thread is even American. Now, if one would like to talk about ignorance...
Canadians have almost the same views as Americans , dude to the American influence, which is what i meant, when it comes to the World. You guys are not have views like us Europeans I can tell you that.
Wow - now I wonder who's stereotyping who...
My, my, my... And here I thought we could all play nice with each other... Just a little reminder to resist stereotyping and name-calling, please.
I agree with Greg and his assessment of why N. Americans know very little about Central and South America - it's not taught in our schools. Travel is a great teacher and we all learn something new every day when we read these threads.
Let me add to Isa's post to say that, contrary to what some may think, this thread is actually very encouraging. Here you have people from around the world showing their amazement and interest in countries they previously knew much less about. I'd say that's a good thing! Travel teaches you to open your eyes and to learn. When someone tells you that they have a renewed love for your country because they now know so much more about it, it seems unfair to turn around and call them names for having been so ignorant.
Realize that Gustavo has his citizenship listed as USA...
Live and learn - it will be more productive and an amazing journey. Personally, I was not aware of the Welsh influence either. But, I was aware of the German and Polish enclaves in Argentina. Everyone has to be from somewhere... What a great big wonderful world we live in!!
If you think Central and South America, many countries especially Argentina, nations of immigrants and refugees (My Mother and Uncle, among hundreds, were 2 of them, arriving in 1939 from Eastern Europe to a Central American country with travel documents in hand provided by the Consul over there)are homogenous you are in for a pleasant suprise. Many of the immigrants in Central America who left what is now Palestine, Lebanon and Syria at the turn of the century, then called 'Turcos' since they used Ottoman Turkish Passports to travel at that time, have become so integrated into local society that usually only the appellido or surname is Arabic. Spaniards, Germans, Austrians, Italians, Swiss, Jews, North Americans, Chinese, Hindi and others contribute to the society here. So many have relatives living and working in the US and Canada that is hard not to meet someone who does'nt. Wait till you get to Buenos Aires..they consider themselves (The Porteños) to be 'more european' than the 'europeans'.