The Summits of the Americas is a series of international summit meetings bringing together the leaders of countries in North America, Central America, and South America. The meetings provide an opportunity for discussions about a variety of issues and topics.
The meetings 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.
- 1994 — 1st Summit of the Americas at Miami in the United States.
- 1996 — Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development at Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia.
- 1998 — 2nd Summit of the Americas at Santiago in Chile.
- 2001 — 3rd Summit of the Americas, in Quebec City, Canada.
- 2004 — Monterrey Special Summit of the Americas at Monterrey in Mexico.
- 2005 — 4th Summit of the Americas at Mar del Plata in Argentina.
- 2009 — 5th Summit of the Americas at Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.
The summits that garnered most general public and media attention were the Quebec City and Mar del Plata events, both of which provoked very largeanti-globalization and anti–Free Trade Area of the Americas protests and attendant police response.