7th Grade Geography Chp. 5 Key Terms

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Appalachian Mountains

the main mountain range in the East

Great Lakes

the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world

Mississippi River

North America's longest river

tributary

a stream or river that flows into a larger stream or river

Rocky Mountains

an enormous mountain range in the West

Continental Divide

an area of high ground that divides the flow of rivers towards opposite ends of a continent

colony

a territory inhabited and controlled by people from a foreign land

Boston

a major seaport in the British colonies during the mid 1700's (in Massachusetts)

New York

a major seaport in the British colonies during the mid 1700's

plantation

a large farm that grows mainly one crop

pioneers

the first settlers in the West

bilingual

having the ability to speak two languages

megalopolis

a string of large cities that have grown together

Washington, D.C

the United States capitol

Detroit

located in Michigan, and the nation's leading automobile producer

Seattle

Washington's largest city and home of a major software company

terrorism

violent attacks that cause fear

Chicago

the third largest city in the U.S. and one of the busiest shipping ports in the Great Lakes

autocracy

government in which one person possesses unlimited power

colonization

to establish a colony

census

an official enumeration of the population with details as to age, occupation, etc.

conservation

official supervision of rivers, forests, and other natural resources in order to preserve and protect them through prudent management

contemporary

of the same time; existing or occuring at or dating from the same period of time as something or somebody else

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