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Colony

overseas territory or settlement tied to a parent country

Cordillera

group of mountain ranges that run side by side

Federal Republic

government divided between national and state powers

Free Enterprise System

economic system in which people start and run businesses with limited government intervention

Navigable

wide and deep enough to allow the passage of ships

Parliamentary Democracy

government in which voters elect representatives to a lawmaking body which chooses a prime minister to head the government

Prairie

rolling, inland grassy area with very fertile soil

Province

regional political division similar to states

Secede

to withdraw from a national government

Service Industry

business that provides services to people instead of producing goods

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