18 terms

Caribbean South America Vocabulary

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unique
highly unusual, rare
unification
the process of joining together
cordillera
chain of mountains
llanos
lowland plains in Colombia and Venezuela
ecosystem
a group of plants and animals that depend on each other and their environment for survival
terraced farming
sculpting the hillsides into different levels for crops
liberate
to free
El Dorado
legendary gold-rich region
caudillo
chief or dictator
paramilitary
private army
nationalize
government taking ownership of a company
austerity measures
government policies meant to save money
complex
complicated
restrict
to limit
Latin America
areas of Middle and South America influenced by the cultures of Spain, France, or Portugal
subsidence
sinking of the ground
representative democracy
democracy in which the people elect representatives to make the nation's laws
insurgent
rebel