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Argentina

This huge South American country is home to about 42 million people. It is the largest Spanish-speaking nation.
Argentina manufactures cars and auto parts, chemicals, steel and other products.

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Soccer is the most popular sport in Argentina. Argentinian Lionel Messi is one of professional soccer’s stars, playing for Spain’s FC Barcelona.

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>> “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara was born in Colombia. She was the voice of Carmen in “Happy Feet Two” and of Odile in “The Smurfs.”

Colombia

Colombia is named after Christopher Columbus, who arrived there in 1499. It became independent from Spain in 1810.
Colombia’s climate is just right for growing coffee. Many of the cut flowers sold in the U.S. are grown in Colombia.

Venezuela

Venezuela was named by Spanish explorers after the Italian city Venice.
The country has large reserves of oil and natural gas, which are important exports.
Baseball is Venezuela’s most popular sport.