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A political map of South America

South America was a continent on Earth and, along with neighboring North America, was the ancestral home of the Native American Human tribes. The cities of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires were located on the South American continent, as were the regions of Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Venezuela. The equator, a line of latitude which divided Earth into northern and southern hemispheres, ran through this continent.

In the mid-20th century, the assignment patches for Apollo 1, Apollo 7, Apollo 8, Apollo 10, and Apollo 11 included this continent in their designs. (ENT: "First Flight")

In 2153, the Xindi attack on Earth struck this continent with a highly-destructive energy beam from space, killing millions of inhabitants in Venezuela. (ENT: "The Expanse")

At some point Harcourt Fenton Mudd began a raktajino business in Colombia, distributing the Klingon coffee throughout the Federation. It was a popular beverage on Deep Space 9. (The Art of Star Trek; DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")

The prop department placed several in-jokes on the label of the raktajino bottle. The label reads: "100% Columbian," "Made from the Green Hills of Earth" (a title of a novel by Robert Heinlein), and "Imported by Harcourt Mudd".

During a Dixon Hill holoscenario, Data explained his odd appearance to the characters by claiming he was from South America. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "Manhunt")

In the Julian Bashir, Secret Agent holoprogram, Hippocrates Noah had a laser site in South America. The continent was one of the last to be flooded when Julian Bashir activated the lasers himself. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")

Background information

The map used in the original "The Cage" was published in the early 1960s. The landmass of northern South America was seen on a political map of the northern hemisphere. Decades later, the map used in the remastered "The Cage" was a Central Intelligence Agency map published either in April 2007 or September 2008. [1] [2] The difference, which was not noticeable at the resolution of the image from the episode, was the addition of Kosovo, which gained its independence between the releases. The listed countries were those which could be seen in both maps.

Features from the CIA map
Country Capital Notes
Argentina Buenos Aires Major cities – Bahía Blanca, Comodoro Rivadavia, Córdoba, La Plata, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Rosario, San Miguel de Tucumán.
Bolivia La Paz Major cities – Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Sucre.
Brazil Brasilia Major cities – Belém, Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Joinville, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Pôrto Alegre, Pôrto Velho, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Santos, São Luís, São Paulo, Terresina, Uberlândia, Vitória.
Chile Santiago Major cities – Antofagasta, Concepción, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Valparaiso.
Colombia Bogota Major cities – Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Cúcuta, Medellin.
Ecuador Quito Major city – Guayaquil
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Stanley South Atlantic Ocean islands "administered by United Kingdom, claimed by Argentina"
French Guiana Cayenne A South American territory of France
Guyana Georgetown
Paraguay Asunción
Peru Lima Major Cities – Arequipa, Cusco, Iquitos, Trujillo.
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Atlantic Ocean islands "administered by United Kingdom, claimed by Argentina"
Suriname Paramaribo
Uruguay Montevideo
Venezuela Caracas Major cities – Ciudad Guayana, Maracaibo, Valencia.

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