Chapter 6

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Migration

the movement of persons from one country or locality to another

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

a corporation that has manufacturing or service operations in a number of different countries

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

economic system in which individuals and businesses are allowed to compete for profit with a minimum of government interference

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 residential district located on the outskirts of a city

Frontier

an international boundary or the area (often fortified) immediately inside the boundary

Louisiana Purchase

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

Colombian Exchange

the transfer of plants, animals, and diseases between the Americas and Europe, Asia, and Africa

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