North America Terms

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Nunavut

an Arctic territory in northern Canada created in 1999 and governed solely by the Inuit

British Columbia

a province in western Canada

Prairie Province

regions from the most to the least argriculture

Ontario

a prosperous and industrialized province in central Canada

Quebec

the largest province of Canada

atlantic provinces

the provinces in Eastern Canada-Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nove Scotia, and Newfoundland

Reserve

hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

Metis

a half-breed of white and Indian parentage

First Nations

a group of Canada's Native American people

Prime minister

the person who is head of state (in several countries)

Parliament

a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Great Britain)

Parliamentary government

This type of government is where the authority is held by a bicameral legislature called a Parliament. In Great Britain, it includes a House of Commons and a House of Lords.

confederation

a union of political organizations

dominion of canada

the loose confederation of Ontario(upper Canada), Quebec(lower Canada), Nove Scotia, and New Brunswich, created by teh british North America Act in 1867

province

the proper sphere or extent of your activities

the west

the subregion of 14 states that stretched from the GReat Plains to the Pacific Ocean and includes Alaska and Hawaii

metropolitan area

a major population center made up of a large city and the smaller suburbs and towns that surround it

the south

a subreagion that vocers about one-fourth of the land area of the United States and contains more than one-third of its population

the midwest

the region that contains the 12 states of the northcentral United States

megalopolis

a very large urban complex (usually involving several cities and towns)

new england

a region of northeastern United States comprising Maine and New Hampshire and Vermont and Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Connecticut

multinational

involving or operating in several nations or nationalities

postindustrial economy

a productive system based on service work and high technology

service industry

an industry that provides services rather than tangible objects

free enterprise

an economy that relies chiefly on market forces to allocate goods and resources and to determine prices

export

commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country

representative democracy

A system of government in which citizens elect representatives, or leaders, to make decisions about the laws for all the people.

suburb

A subsidiary urban area surrounding and connected to the central city. Many are exclusively residential; others have their own commercial centers or shopping malls.

frontier

an undeveloped field of study

Louisiana purchase

territory in western United States purchased from France in 1803 for $15 million

columbian exchange

The exchange of goods and ideas between Native Americans and Europeans

migration

the movement of persons from one country or locality to another

lock

build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels

st Lawrence Seaway

system of locks, canals, and dams that allows ships to move from one water level to another completed in 1959; makes it easier to move goods from the US to Canada

Beringia

land bridge that connected Asia and North America

nomad

a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons

everglades

a large subtropical swamp in southern Florida that is noted for its wildlife

prevailing Westerlies

winds that blow west to east between 30 and 60 degrees in the northern and southern hemispheres

permafrost

ground that is permanently frozen

mackenzie River

Canada's longest river; a part of a river syster that flows across the Northwest Territories to the Arctic Ocean

Great lakes

a group of five freshwater lakes of the central North America between the United States and Canada; the lakes are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior

Rocky mountains

the chief mountain range of western North America

Canadian Shield

a huge, rocky region that curves around Hudson Bay like a giant horseshoe. The Shield covers half the land area of Canada.

great plains

a vast prairie region extending from Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada south through the west central United States into Texas

Appalachian Mountains

a mountain range in the eastern United States extending from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico

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