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The Summits of the Americas is a series of international summit meetings bringing together the leaders of countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean; however, no representative from Cuba has participated. The meetings provide an opportunity for discussions about a variety of issues and topics. The summits have been organized by a number of multilateral bodies led by the Organization of American States. In the early 1990s, what were formerly ad hoc summits came to be institutionalized into a regular "Summit of the Americas" based on the principles of democracy and free trade. ⁕December 9–11, 1994 -- 1st Summit of the Americas at Miami in the United States. ⁕December 7–8, 1996 -- Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development at Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. ⁕April 18–19, 1998 -- 2nd Summit of the Americas at Santiago in Chile. ⁕April 20–22, 2001 -- 3rd Summit of the Americas, in Quebec City, Canada. ⁕January 12–13, 2004 -- Monterrey Special Summit of the Americas at Monterrey in Mexico. ⁕November 4–5, 2005 -- 4th Summit of the Americas at Mar del Plata in Argentina. ⁕April 17–19, 2009 -- 5th Summit of the Americas at Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. (via Freebase)