What were the southwest colonies of America?
Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia.
Why do you think that today South America Mexico and the Southwest of the united States have strong latin traditions?
Because Mexico and South America are part of Latin America, meaning those countries are former colonies of Spain, France and Portugal. As for the southwest, it once belonged to Mexico, hence, there are many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in such region who have a 'Latin' culture and traditions merged with the American way of life.
The first known use of the formal term "United States of America" was in the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Paine, in February, 1776, had written of "Free and independent States of America." The terms "United Colonies," "United Colonies of America," "United Colonies of North America," and also "States," were used in 1775 and 1776. The first known use of the formal term "United States of America" was in the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Paine, in…