Over the last decade the number of Canadian mining projects under way in Latin America varies between ca. 1200 and 1500 in any given year. They are present in every country but are mainly concentrated in the traditional mining belts of the continent. Last year (2011) Mexico counted over eight hundred.
The way that the Canadian mining boom plays itself out in Latin America is strongly determined by different national contexts. Geography, economics, social composition, indigenous presence and – especially – politics, all change from country to country. The following entries provide both (1) an introduction to the diverse settings surrounding mining in 24 states in Latin America; and (2) static and interactive maps to provide geographic context.