Review Terms: Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean-CCDS 7th Grade SS

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49 terms · Vocab for 3-1, 4-1, GITN

plateau

a large area of flat land elevated high above sea level

isthmus

a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas

peninsula

land surrounded by water on three sides

archipelago

a group of many islands in a large body of water

greater Antilles

Group of islands that includes Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico

lesser antilles

hundreds of tiny islands, islets and cays found primarily along the eastern rim of the Caribbean

occidental

denoting or characteristic of countries of Europe and the Western Hemisphere

oriental

of the Eastern Hemisphere

urban

relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area

rural

living in or characteristic of farming or country life

campesino

farm worker; peasant

indigenous people

native people

maquiladora

an assembly plant in Mexico (near the United States border)

emigrate

leave one's country of residence for a new one

immigrant

person who moves from one place to make a permanent home in another place

mestizo

a person of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)

Spanish language 6/7

6/7 countries in south America speak Spanish

Diego Rivera

socialist Mexican painter of murals (1886-1957)

roman catholic

main religion in Mexico

converted/ conversion

change in religious identity of a person

rural/ urban \unemployment

people moving from rural to urban to get jobs

quota

a number of people allowed in a country

migrant worker

agricultural worker who moves with the seasons, planting or harvesting crops

plaza

a public square with room for pedestrians

squatter

someone who settles on land without right or title

colonia zapata

ghetto area outside Mexico City

Aztecs

Ancient civilization (1200-1521AD) that was located in what is present-day Mexico City

Tenochtitlan

the capital of the aztec empire

water supply

mexico city uses its own water has to pump it 100 miles away

Mexico city

worlds biggest city 21 million people, Mexico's capital

Mexico city's geography

basin or bowl depression that keeps pollution in

NAFTA

North American Free Trade Agreement; allows open trade with US, Mexico, and Canada

rural/ urban movement

people move from rural to urban to get jobs

developed countries

countries with strong economies and a high quality of life

developing countries

emerging countries whose economies are not as strong

quota

number limit placed on incoming immigrant to a country

networking

communication process that encourages immigration

infrastructure

facilities and things that support an area, such as police, firemen, hospitals, roads, libraries, etc.

Mexican name for Rio Grande

Rio Bravo

What is caused by rural farmers moving to the city for jobs?

High urban unemployment

What happens when too many immigrants move into an area?

Infrastructure is overburdened

What's is Mexico City's superlative?

World's most populated city

How did Roman Catholicism end up in Mexico?

Brought by Spanish missionaries

What is the famous canal in country south of Costa Rica?

Panama Canal

What is the name of the island that holds two countries in the Greater Antilles?

Hispaniola

Name a developing country

Mexico

Area where squatters live outside capital of Mexico

Colonia Zapata

Channel between easternmost point of Mexico and Cuba

Yucatan Channel

Mountain range in Mexico to west of plateau

Sierra Madre Occidentals

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