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Vocab for 3-1, 4-1, GITN


a large area of flat land elevated high above sea level


a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas


land surrounded by water on three sides


a group of many islands in a large body of water

greater Antilles

Group of islands that includes Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico

lesser antilles

hundreds of tiny islands, islets and cays found primarily along the eastern rim of the Caribbean


denoting or characteristic of countries of Europe and the Western Hemisphere


of the Eastern Hemisphere


relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area


living in or characteristic of farming or country life


farm worker; peasant

indigenous people

native people


an assembly plant in Mexico (near the United States border)


leave one's country of residence for a new one


person who moves from one place to make a permanent home in another place


a person of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)

Spanish language 6/7

6/7 countries in south America speak Spanish

Diego Rivera

socialist Mexican painter of murals (1886-1957)

roman catholic

main religion in Mexico

converted/ conversion

change in religious identity of a person

rural/ urban \unemployment

people moving from rural to urban to get jobs


a number of people allowed in a country

migrant worker

agricultural worker who moves with the seasons, planting or harvesting crops


a public square with room for pedestrians


someone who settles on land without right or title

colonia zapata

ghetto area outside Mexico City


Ancient civilization (1200-1521AD) that was located in what is present-day Mexico City


the capital of the aztec empire

water supply

mexico city uses its own water has to pump it 100 miles away

Mexico city

worlds biggest city 21 million people, Mexico's capital

Mexico city's geography

basin or bowl depression that keeps pollution in


North American Free Trade Agreement; allows open trade with US, Mexico, and Canada

rural/ urban movement

people move from rural to urban to get jobs

developed countries

countries with strong economies and a high quality of life

developing countries

emerging countries whose economies are not as strong


number limit placed on incoming immigrant to a country


communication process that encourages immigration


facilities and things that support an area, such as police, firemen, hospitals, roads, libraries, etc.

Mexican name for Rio Grande

Rio Bravo

What is caused by rural farmers moving to the city for jobs?

High urban unemployment

What happens when too many immigrants move into an area?

Infrastructure is overburdened

What's is Mexico City's superlative?

World's most populated city

How did Roman Catholicism end up in Mexico?

Brought by Spanish missionaries

What is the famous canal in country south of Costa Rica?

Panama Canal

What is the name of the island that holds two countries in the Greater Antilles?


Name a developing country


Area where squatters live outside capital of Mexico

Colonia Zapata

Channel between easternmost point of Mexico and Cuba

Yucatan Channel

Mountain range in Mexico to west of plateau

Sierra Madre Occidentals

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