34 terms

Central America and the Caribbean Islands (Vogel)

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cloud forest
moist, high-elevation tropical forests where low clouds are common (found in highland areas)
dialect
regional variety of a language
isthmus
narrow strip of land that connects two larger land areas
commonwealth
self-governing territory associated with another country
archipelago
large group of islands
cooperative
organization owned by its members and operated for their mutual benefit
ecotourism
the practice of using an area's natural environment to attract visitors
Greater Antilles
Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico
refugee
someone who flees to another country
civil war
a conflict between two or more groups within a country
Lesser Antilles
smaller islands stretching from the Virgin Islands to Trinidad and Tobago
Puerto Rico
commonwealth of the U.S.
calypso
music (w/ steel drums) from Trinidad and Tobago
reggae
music from Jamaica
merengue
national music and dance from Dominican Republic
Toussaint-L'Ouverture
former slave, helped w/ slave revolt in Haiti (led to independence), became Haiti's governor
Roman Catholic
main religion of the region
Spanish
official language of most of the region
English
official language of Belize
cacao
source of chocolate
humid tropical and tropical savanna
main climates of the region
tourism
main economic activity
land and climate
main resources of the region
agriculture
another important economic activity (bananas, coffee, sugarcane, cotton)
Caribbean Islands
divide the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea
sunny and warm (tropical)
climate in the region
Panama Canal
U.S. used to control it but gave control to Panama
Carnival
celebration with parades, costumes, and music
timber (lumber)
product from the rain forest
Haiti
poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
hurricanes
tropical storms that threaten the region from summer to fall
Indians and slaves
worked on plantations and often died of European diseases
Cuba
Communist country (government controls TV, radio, newspapers, etc.)
Guatemala
biggest in size and population in Central America
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