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Central America and the Caribbean Vocab Review

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major
of great importance
dense
crowded
isthmus
strip of land with water on both sides, which connects two larger bodies of land
hurricane
tropical cyclone that forms over the tropical Atlantic Ocean
biodiversity
variety of different kinds of living things in a region or ecosystem
tourism
business of providing food, places to stay, and other services to visitors from other places
deforestation
the loss of forest cover in a region that results from the trees in a forest being destroyed faster than they can grow back
establish
to set up
import
to ship in from another country
Maya
Native American society living in Central America
colony
group of people living in a new territory with ties to a distant state
encomienda
legal system to control Native Americans in Spain's American colonies
hacienda
huge farm or ranch in Spain's American colonies
independence
right to rule oneself
dictatorship
government controlled by a single leader
restrict
to limit or prevent
luxury
a pleasure or comfort
carnival
religious festival primarily observed by Roman Catholics
santeria
Cuban religion that combines Catholic and West African beliefs
diaspora
spread of people from one place to many others
microcredit
small loan
ecotourism
tourism that focuses on the environment and seeks to minimize environmental impact