South America has very diverse populations with many ethnic groups and different ancestries.
South America includes twelve sovereign states – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela – and two non-sovereign areas – French Guiana, an overseas department of France, and the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory. Most of the population lives near the western or eastern coasts of the continent while the interior and the far south are sparsely populated.
South Americas culturally, ethnically and racially diverse. Cultures mix from the Indigenous peoples of the Americas as well as immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia. With a long history of colonialism, most South Americans speak Portuguese or Spanish, and societies commonly reflect Western traditions.