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16 terms

Ch 7 Mexico

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Río Bravo
the Mexican name for the river known as the Rio Grande in the United States; it forms the border between Mexico and Texas
Peninsula
a piece of land surrounded on three sides by water
Baja California
a peninsula in Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
a large gulf off the southeastern coast of North America
Yucatan
a large peninsula that separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico
Sierra Madre
the chief mountain range in Mexico
Empire
a land with different territories and peoples under a single ruler
Mestizos
a person of mixed European and Indian ancestry
Mission
a church outpost
Haciendas
huge expanse of farm or ranch land in the Americas
Inflation
the rise in prices that occurs when currency loses its buying power
Slash-and-burn agriculture
the practice of burning forest in order to clear land for planting
Mexico City
the capital of Mexico
Smog
a mixture of smoke, chemicals, and fog
Maquiladoras
a U.S. or other foreign-owned factory in Mexico
Cash crop
a crop that farmers grow mainly to sell for a profit