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vocabulary

TermDefinition
caudillos a latin american military dictator
conquistadors name for the Spanish explorers who claimed land in the Americas for Spanish
cultural convergence the contact and interaction of one culture with another
pampas a grasslands region in Argentina and Uruguay
cays a small low island or coral reef
coral the rocklike skeletons of tiny sea animals
physical characteristics
physical processes
natural hazards
tropical storms
hurricanes
climates
geographic tools
economic activities
mestizos
mulattoes
patterns of settlement
migration
cultures
plateau an area of high, flat land
peninsula a strip of land that juts out into an ocean
irrigation the watering of farmland with water drawn from reservoirs or rivers
sinkhole a hole formed when limestone is dissolved, causing the land above to collapse
hacienda a large Spanish-owned estate in the Americas,often run as a farm or a cattle ranch
land redistribution a policy by which land is taken from those who own large amounts and redistributed to those who have little or none
ejido farmland owned collectively by members of a rural community
subsistence farming farming that provides only enough for the needs of a family or a village
latifundio a large commercial farm owned by a private indicidual
cash crop a farm crop grown for sale and profit
migrant worker a worker who travels from place to place, working where extra help is needed to cultivate or harvest crops
nafta North American Free Trade Agreement, which phased out trade barriers among the United States, Canada, and Mexico
maquiladora a factory in Mexico, along the United States border, that assemble goods for export
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