This well-established text combines a thematic and regional look at Latin America and the Caribbean. The thematic approach surveys the physical environment, historical geography, demography, agriculture, communications, industry, urban and political aspects of Latin America. The regional approach covers chapters on Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Andean America, Brazil, Brazilian Amazonia, and the Southern Cone. This updated edition includes updated maps and photos, and new Interlude on Cancun and the Yucatan, and an new Interlude on 'Self Help Housing.' Discover the dynamic peoples and places of Latin America!Urban and rural... Elite, middle class, and peasant... Rich and poor... Educated and illiterate... Hispanic, Indian, African heritages... Modern and traditional... Radical and conservative... There are many Latin Americas, and all are undergoing changes.With this Update Edition of 'Latin America and the Caribbean: A Systematic and Regional Survey, 4/e, ' you can explore these changes and the major issues facing this dynamic region today. Brian and Olwyn Blouet, along with several contributors who are experts in their respective areas of study, present systematic and regional approaches to the study of this area. Throughout, they successfully blend visual elements and clear and current coverage to illuminate geographical concepts in the region.New Features: Updates in economic, population and other geographical information.New material on Cancun and the Yucatan, written by Byron Augustin. This material includes the physical description, history, cultural, and current material, including the WTO meeting.New information on housing in Latin America written by Alan Gilbert.Streamlined historical geography information. This information is now covered in a single chapter early in the book with the inclusion of new historical material covering the 20th century.