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Unit 7 Vocabulary

Geography of Latin America

Isthmus A narrow piece of land that connects two larger pieces of land
Archipelago A group of islands
Communism Economic, social and political system based on the teachings of Karl Marx, which supported elimination of private property
Humid Full of water vapor, damp, moist
NAFTA North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement – trade without quotas or tariffs between U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Tyranny An oppressive and unjust government
Deforestation The widespread cutting of forests
Ecotourist A person who travels to another country to view its natural wonders
Ancestry Family descent
Liberation The securing of equal, social, and economic rights
Amnesty A pardon or free pass for political offenses against a government
Market economy An economy where buyers and sellers determine the supply and prices of goods and services with high degree of freedom
Fevala Brazilian slum area of tow
Dictatorship A government under the control of one all-powerful leader
Mestizo A person with mixed Spanish and Native American background
Representative democracy A government in which the people are represented by elected leaders
Hacienda Larger ranch
Free trade zone Areas where people can buy goods from other countries without paying extra taxes
Monarchy A form of government where a king or queen inherits the right to rule
Culture The way of life of a group of people who share similar beliefs and customs
Arid Lacking sufficient water or rainfall
Economy The system of production distribution, and consumption
Natural resources Products of the earth that people use to meet their needs
Indigenous Originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country
Command economy An economy where the government makes all the economic decisions
Created by: jodi1405
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