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The name for Spanish explorers who claimed land in the Americas for Spain.


The contact and interaction of one cultrue with another.

Cultural Convergence

A Latin American military dictator.


A grasslands region in Argentina and Uruguay.


A small low island or coral reef.


The rock-like skeletons of tiny sea animals.


A storm with winds of at least 39 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm

A destructive tropical storm that forms over the Atlantic Ocean usually in late summer and early falll, with winds of at lest 74 miles per hour.


A warm ocean current off South America's northwestern coast that influences gloval weather patterns.

El Nino

The uppermost layer of a forest where tree branches meet.


A person of mixed European and Native american heritage.


A person of mixed African and European ancestry.


An economic system in which decisions about production, price and other economic facgtors are determined by the law of supply and demand.

Market Economy

The total value of goods and services produced within a country in a year divided by the country's total population.

GDP Per Capita

An economic system that is controlled by a single central government.

Command Economy

An economic system in which families produce goods and services for their own use with little surplus and exchange of goods; also known as a subsistence economy.

Traditional Economy

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