The Patria Grande (Spanish: Great homeland) is a loose political idea of Latin American integration, that rejects the balkanization that followed the Latin American Wars of Independence and envisions a united continent instead. The term may be also used to talk specifically about projects of South American unity held by Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín. The name "Patria Grande" was first coined by the Argentine Manuel Ugarte, in his 1922 book "la Patria Grande".
Former president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva considers that the Mercosur helps the social, political and economic integration of Latin America, and that the Patria Grande may not be achieved by closing doors.
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