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Wine in Latin America

Despite the fact that the indigenous people in the Americas made alcoholic beverages before European grapes were imported by the Conquistadors, the local vitis genus of grapes were never used to make wine. The first known attempt to grow vines for wine began in Hispaniola after Columbus’ second voyage in 1594. Since then, viticulture spread across the…

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Cinco de Mayo

Now celebrated in the United States much as a gateway celebration opening the doors to summer, and an excuse to partake of Mexican fare and beverages portioned by tequila, “Cinco de Mayo” is still only regionally celebrated in Mexico where it is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla. Marking the Battle of Puebla…

How Big is Brazil?

With 3,266,199 square miles of terrestrial territory, Brazil is the 5th largest country by landmass behind Russia, China, and the US of A. While Russia is in a league of its own with two and a half million square miles more than the second largest country in the world, with just 428,761 additional square miles…

Caracas Divides Mercosur

Mercosur is a full customs union encompassing Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay y Uruguay. Additionally, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and Perú are associate members of the union, and as such, participate in the economic union, but not the unified customs system. While Venezuela signed into the union in 2006, their membership has been blocked ever since by…