Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Central American Nations
Central America consists of the countries in the southernmost tip of the North American continent: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama (which, because of the Panama Canal, literally straddles North and South America). With the exception of Belize—formerly British Honduras—the Central American nations are all former Spanish possessions. Because of its proximity to the Caribbean Sea, there is a good deal of cultural interchange between Central America and the Caribbean; the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic is a member of the System for Central American Integration (SICA), a nascent European Union-like organization. Cat and Mouse is a Costa Rican children's game for at least seven players and is therefore good at parties and school. Two players are designated the cat and the mouse; the rest form a circle around the mouse, holding hands, singing “Alia viene el gato y el raton, a darle combate al ...