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Mexico

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plateau
large, raised area of mostly level land
Isthmus
a strip of land with water on both sides that joins two larger bodies of land
peninsula
Is a body of land surrounded by water on three sides
archipelago
group or chain of islands
Greater Antilles
4 largest islands in the Caribbean
Lesser Antilles
All the smaller islands in the Caribbean
occidental
western
oriental
eastern
urban
city
rural
country
indigenous
descendents of first people to live in a region
maquiladora
Mexican factory that assembles parts for export
emigrate
leave one country to settle in another (exit)
immigrant
a person who comes into a new country to make a home (into)
mestizo
of European (Spanish) and indigenous heritage
Spanish
spoken in 6 out of 7 Central American countries (not in Belize)
Diego Rivera
famous Mexican artist (muralist)
Roman Catholic
main religion of Mexico and Central America brought by Spaniards
conversion
changing from one religion to another
rural and urban unemployment
many poor farmers leave a rural area to look for jobs in cities and don't find them
developed countries
countries with strong, industrialized economies and stable governments
developing countries
emerging countries whose economies are not as strong and governments are less stable
quota
number limit placed on incoming immigrants to a country
networking
communication process that encourages immigration
infrastructure
the facillities and things that support a certain standard of living in a country, such as police, hospitals, schools, roads, libraries, firement, etc.
migrant worker
laborerer who travels from one area to another to pick crops that are in season
plaza
public square at center of town or village
squatter
a person who sits down to go to the bathroom
squatter
person who setlles on land without permission
Colonia Zapata
ghetto area outside Mexico City
Aztecs
Native Americans who founded Tenochtilan
Tenochtilan
former Aztec capital underneath Mexico City
water supply
Mexico City used all of this and has to pump it from 100 miles away
Mexico City
largest city in the world with 21 million people!
Mexico City's geography
in a basin, or bowl shaped depression that keeps in pollution and smog
high unemployment
shifting from rural to suburban and urban has caused this to happen
NAFTA
North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, USA, and Mexico
Refugee
person who leaves his or her country to escape political or religious persecution
boat people
refugees who flee on water
Political asylum
place that houses crazy politicians
political asylum
safe place to live in another country given to refugees who are persecuted by the government for their political beliefs
Haiti historical superlative
only nation in Americas formed from a successful revolt of enslaved Africans
French
Haiti was colonized by this European country
Africans
brought to Haiti as slaves to work sugarcane plantations
slavery
Haiti banned this in the early 1800's
Western Hemisphere
Haiti is the poorest country in this part of the world
superlative
a comparison that shows to an extreme extent or level
dictators
leaders who use violence to keep power
Creole
of African and European heritage
farmers
two-thirds of Haiti's people