Address the following questions?
* What are some of the philosophies that influenced Latin America? In what way did they impact the cultures of Latin America?
* What contributions to society did folk and elite caudillos bring to Latin American society?
* What impact did the encroachment of Europeans have upon the New World?
Here are a few things you might want to consider. I'm not sure if you're wanting Latin American History from a certain period, or just a general view. Therefore, I erred on the side of caution and gave you a more general view.
1. Philosophies that have influenced Latin American society include Catholicism, Marxism, pre-Colombian culture, and nationalism. Catholicism brought over from Spain (and in Brazil, Portugal) has, in Latin America, blended with pre-Colombian folk religions to produce a unique form of Christianity. Each country has its own flavor, though some overarching customs do exist. There is a fierce dedication to certain saints (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Mexico), as is also the custom in Spain, and Catholicism is openly observed and pervades the culture. One way this is obvious is in Mexico's celebration of Day of the Dead, which is a blend of pre-Colombian customs honoring those who have passed on and ...
Latin American History is briefly overviewed.