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North America Guide

6th Grade North America Study Guide

Tributary Is a smaller stream or river that flows into a larger stream or river
Continental Divide Is an area of high ground that divides the flow of rivers towards opposite ends of a continent
Colony Is a territory inhabited and controlled by people from a foreign land
Plantation Is a large farm that grows mainly one crop
Pioneers The first settlers that traveled West
Megalopolis A string of large cities that have grown together
Louisiana Purchase The Louisiana Purchase was purchased from the French by the USA and Thomas Jefferson in 1803. It doubled the size of the USA
Representative Government Is a system of government in which voters elect representatives to make laws for them
Free Enterprise Is the freedom of private businesses to operate competitively for profit ($) with minimal government regulation
Columbian Exchange The Columbian Exchange refers to a period of cultural and biological exchanges between the New and Old worlds. Exchanges of plants, animals, diseases, and technology transformed European and Native American ways of life
Democracy Is a form of government that is run for and by the people, giving the people supreme power
NAFTA The USA, Canada, and Mexico are part of an economic union called NAFTA. This agreement eliminates tariffs, or taxes, on imports between these three countries
4 Major US and Canada Ranges Rocky Mountains Pacific Coastal Range Alaska Range Appalachian Mountains
Rocky Mountains Tallest mountain range in North America
Appalachian Mountains located on East coast of the US and is the oldest mountain range
Mississippi River Second longest river in North America and is an important transportation route for the US
Missouri River Longest river in North America at over 2500 miles
Northeast Region Midwest Region two regions of the US that usually experience cold, snowy winters
Southwest Region Almost all the states in this region border Mexico
Northeast Region = birthplace of our nation The Declaration and Constitution were written in this region.
Southeast Region Where the Everglades and the Mississippi River are located
Region Places that share one of many traits like history, culture, climate or language
natural resources Materials or substances such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain
18% Percentage of land in North America is good for farming or arable
Mexico, USA, and Canada 3 countries taht are part of the economic union called NAFTA
The NAFTA agreement NAFTA eliminates tariffs, or taxes, on imports between Mexico, Canada, and USA
Boston Massacre The Boston Massacre was an incident between colonists and the British Red Coats over taxes. 5 people were killed at the Boston Massacre.
Continental Congress On September 5, 1774, 56 delegates gather at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia; a first step toward American democracy.
Tobacco America was founded on tobacco and it will be America’s largest export for a century.
Paul Revere Paul Revere created an engraving of the Boston Massacre and rode ahead of British troops warning the colonists that the “British are coming!”.
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