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Daniel Rey

Pain's great war spectacle, Mexican War, Siege of Vera Cruz.  New York : Sackett & Wilhelms Litho. Co., c1890. Library of Congress.

Why the US shuns its Spanish heritage.

Salvador Allende, Senator of Chile’s Socialist Party, at a solidarity rally for the  Cuban revolution, 1962 © Getty Images

Latin America conjures up images of constant political turmoil, powered by endless revolutions. But this is misleading.

When the Cuban Revolution succeeded in January 1959, Fidel Castro had a problem: he was 550 miles from Havana. Undeterred, the would-be leader turned his journey to the capital into a victory march.