Differences in the political left and right in Latin America from that in the United States. Some usual associations (nationalism vs internationalism for example) I have with each do not hold true in the Latin American context.
The importance of women in Latin America’s history, especially in roles where they were invisible to took on non-traditional gender roles. Women’s political activism and contribution to armed conflicts was far greater than I had originally thought.
The extent of systemic inequality in Latin America, and the forces that served to create it. The United States had no small role in shaping Latin America’s current predicaments. This has made me far more skeptical of current news coverage of Latin America.