Middle America (region)

Central America includes the land bridge between North and South America and the West Indies and extends north geologically and geographically to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico. Historically, Central America be regarded as an independent cultural space, but geographically it is a large region of North America. The mainland of Central America between the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the Isthmus of Darien or Atratosenke on the border between Panama and Colombia is known as Central America. Not for land bridge include the little ones and the Greater Antilles.

Frequently throughout Mexico is considered one of Central America because of its cultural and linguistic history belonging to Latin America.

On the land bridge in addition to various indigenous languages ​​mostly Spanish is spoken. Exceptions are the English Belize and the east coast of Nicaragua, which is inhabited in addition to the indigenous peoples Miskito, Mayangna, Rama and Garifuna also of English-speaking Creoles. Also on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama, there are communities in which mainly Creole English is spoken like the Jamaican patois.

On the islands of the Caribbean, English, French, Spanish and Dutch are spoken.

The people of Central America come from the native Indians ( on the mainland - the Caribbean natives are almost extinct ), the European immigrants and African slaves from.