Over the past 15 years, changing patterns of trade have fundamentally altered the rhythms of Latin America.
There is the rise of “south-to-south” trade with other emerging powers such as China, India and African nations, while in some areas there has been a relative decline in trade with the developed world.
Using data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the graphic examines trade flows in three sectors: agriculture, energy and mining.
It also shows the biggest imports and exports in each sector and presents some economic indicators for each economy.
The prices of gold and silver have hit new record highs, driven by a weaker US dollar and continuing tensions in the Middle East and North Africa.
Gold rose as high as $1,518.30 (£918.70) an ounce during morning trading in Europe, before falling back.
Silver briefly reached an all time high of $49.79 an ounce before retreating to $49, still the highest since 1980.
Investors have been buying precious metals as a haven against inflation and recent geopolitical turmoil.
Analysts say gold could even trade as high as $1,600 an ounce.
A look at some of the world’s major commodities, their history and their market performance