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7th Grade Geography Chp. 5 Key Terms

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Appalachian Mountains
the main mountain range in the East
Great Lakes
the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world
Mississippi River
North America's longest river
tributary
a stream or river that flows into a larger stream or river
Rocky Mountains
an enormous mountain range in the West
Continental Divide
an area of high ground that divides the flow of rivers towards opposite ends of a continent
colony
a territory inhabited and controlled by people from a foreign land
Boston
a major seaport in the British colonies during the mid 1700's (in Massachusetts)
New York
a major seaport in the British colonies during the mid 1700's
plantation
a large farm that grows mainly one crop
pioneers
the first settlers in the West
bilingual
having the ability to speak two languages
megalopolis
a string of large cities that have grown together
Washington, D.C
the United States capitol
Detroit
located in Michigan, and the nation's leading automobile producer
Seattle
Washington's largest city and home of a major software company
terrorism
violent attacks that cause fear
Chicago
the third largest city in the U.S. and one of the busiest shipping ports in the Great Lakes
autocracy
government in which one person possesses unlimited power
colonization
to establish a colony
census
an official enumeration of the population with details as to age, occupation, etc.
conservation
official supervision of rivers, forests, and other natural resources in order to preserve and protect them through prudent management
contemporary
of the same time; existing or occuring at or dating from the same period of time as something or somebody else