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The article offers a view of the development process of Latin American countries in the framework of their relationship with the great industrial powers and the evolution of capitalism in a world scale. Regional integration arises as an option to overcome economic dependence by means of industrial strengthening and diversification, in a context of shared markets and value generation through the incorporation of technology into exports. National decisions are not made in a void, but in the middle of confrontations about opposite views on integration and in the midst of conflicts between powerful interests that indicate divergent paths to Latin American nations.
Keywords : Latin America; regional integration; FTAA; FTA.