Mexico Geography

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Río Bravo (Rio Grande)
a major river that forms part of the border between Mexico and the United States.
Peninsula
a piece of land surrounded on three sides by water.
Baja California
a peninsula stretching from northern Mexico into the Pacific Ocean.
Gulf of Mexico
a part of the Atlantic Ocean that borders eastern Mexico
Yucatán Peninsula
a peninsula in Mexico between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico
Sierra Madre
a mountain range known as the "mother range"
Empire
a land with different territories and peoples under a single ruler
Mestizos
people of mixed European and Indian ancestry
Missions
church outposts
Haciendas
huge expanses of farm or ranch land
Inflation
a 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
cash crop
a crop that farmers grow mainly to sell for a profit
Mexico City
the capital and largest city of Mexico
smog
a mixture of smoke, chemicals, and fog
maquiladoras
U.S.- and foreign owned factories built along Mexico's border with the United States
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