South America Vocabulary

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Conquistadors
conquerors
Cultural Convergence
Merging of cultures
Caudillos
local military leaders
Canopy
description of the tree cover in the rain forest
Mestizos
A mixed culture of European (Spanish) and Native American
Mulattoes
Mixed culture of European and African
Sertao
interior plateau in Brazil with poor soil and uncertain rains
Favela
slum community of Brazil
Campesino
a tenant farmer or farm worker
Gaucho
a cowboy who herded cattle in the pampas region