Since the begining of the revolutionary era the various regions of the western hemisphere have seemingly moved in different directions. The United States especially. It liked to see itself as apart from the rest of the Americas and was playing the European great power game at a time when Spanish America was still finding it's way after indepenence and Brasil was assuming the throne of the Portugese empire and then becoming something different under Dom Pedro II. Canada was with the United States in the great power game but in a different role as a part of the Commonwealth. Are history, culture, geography and demographics slowly pulling the Americas closer together? All the American countries were born of the same colonial era and most have blended cultures and histories of immigration. The massive wave of immigration from the rest of the region is I think changing the way the US looks at it's place in the hemisphere. Increasingly Latin America and the Carribean are not seen as the "other" in the US but as a part of what it is too. At least it seems that way from where I am sitting. Is this true? And if so could it - coupled with integration in the rest of the hemisphere - lead to a new era in the region? I think the economic disparities obscure a lot of similarities. What will the Americas look like in 100 years?