13 Latin American Places with Indigenous Names


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In some Latino countries and cultures, the indigenous influence is tightly woven into many people’s identity. In others, they are wrongly encouraged to embrace more of (or only) the Spanish influence, and less of the native. The truth is, that every Latin American country has several indigenous cultures who are an undeniable part of its history, identity, and culture. Their influence can be seen everywhere, if we recognize where to look. In an effort to bring the focus back on the American Indian peoples of Latin American, let’s learn about place names whose etymology was derived from indigenous words.

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