chapter  7
Entrepreneurship and Cultural Values in Latin America, 1850–2000: From Modernization, National Values and Dependency Theory towards a Business History Perspective
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Latin America is a space de ned in geographic, historic and cultural terms. In current usage, it refers to the Americas south of the United States, covering Mexico, Central America (seven countries), South America (nine countries), Cuba and the Dominican Republic; excluding the Caribbean Antilles, i.e., those territories colonized by France, the United Kingdom or the Netherlands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Despite its common features: their Spanish colonial past, Spanish as a mother tongue – except for Portuguese in Brazil – Roman Catholicism as the predominant religion and their condition as ‘emergent economies’, Latin America is a vast area with geographic, economic, social and political diversity expressed in various levels of economic development. e present chapter encompasses Mexico and seven South American nations – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay – with particular emphasis on one Andean country: Colombia.