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Chapter 10 Terms

TermDefinition
isthmus narrow strip of land with water on either side connecting two large land areas
sinkholes steep sided depressions that form when the roof of a cave collapses
conquistadores spanish conquerors of foreign lands during the colonial era
haciendas large spanish colonial estates usually owned by wealthy families but worked by many peasants
plaza open space in towns in mexico and other spanish speaking countries often in front of a church
mestizos people of mixed european and american indian ancestry
dictator a leader who rules with almost absolute authority
cash crops crops grown for sale in a market
maquiladoras special factories in mexico owned mainly by american companies
Created by: jazmrichards