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chinampas

floating farming islands made by the Aztec

quipu

knotted cords of various lengths and colors used by the inca to keep financial records

conquistador

Spanish term for "conqueror" referring to soldiers who conquered Native Americans in Latin America

mural

a painting on a wall

mosaic

art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass

export

to sell goods made in one country to another

NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement

agreement to gradually eliminate tariffs and other trade barriers among the US, Canada, and Mexico

deforestation

cutting down forests in order to clear land for lumber and new developments

slash-and-burn

this method involves farmer clearing the land by burning existing vegetation and planting crops in the ashes.

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