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Intro to World Geography - GR 1123 Week Three

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Intro to World Geography - GR 1123 Week Three 1123

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week three notes. August 29- September 2. finishing North America and beginning Middle America. end of test one notes.
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Date Created: 09/02/16
Intro to World Geography Week Three Notes- August 29- September 2, 2016 European Settlement (up to 1700) - dominated over the Native American settlement - a lot of North American culture originated from Europe decent Spanish: St. Augustine, Florida - the oldest permanent settlement in North America - the fort was used to protect shipping - it was considered a “weak settlement” by the Spanish Crown - acquired by the U.S. in 1819. - also settled in the Rio Grande area - much more successful; Santa Fe, 1610 - lots of missions - later became part of Mexico; 30,000 Spaniards stayed - Annexed by the U.S. in 1848 French - first settled in the northeast - 1606 port royal Nova Scotia - 1608 Quebec City - settled along major water bodies - great lakes - Mississippi River - settlements based on fur trading - dispute over territory and fur rights led to war with England (1754- 1763) - French and Indian War: British name - La Guerre de la Conquete (war of conquest): French name - despite loosing, the French are still very influential. Dutch - Fort Nassau, 1614 (the first settlement) - near Albany, New York - fur trade with Iroquois - New Amsterdam, 1625 - walled city of 800 by 1664 - english fleet took over, it became New York City. 13 Colonies - divided into 3 “cultural hearths” - New England colonies (Boston Area) - Midland/Middle colonies (Philadelphia area) - Southern colonies (Chesapeake Bay) New England cultural hearth - plymouth colony, 1620 - Massachusetts bay colony, 1629 - Boston, 1630 Midland Colonies - Pennsylvania, 1651 - mostly agriculture - Philadelphia - the capital of the U.S. before the district of columbia was established - where the declaration and the constitution were written - it was the largest city at the time Southern Colonies - Jamestown, 1607 - tobacco - they grew it and it was a huge moneymaker - labor - they needed labor to harvest the tobacco fields - plantations and rural society - for the wealthy - Charleston, South Carolina - exported lots of tobacco and attracted the wealthy Urbanization, Industrialization, and settlement frontiers - 1783-1865 - the U.S. gained independence in 1783 - land acquisition 1780s-1853 -by 1865 - territory had gotten 3 times larger, population had grown 15 times larger, economy had grown 20 times larger, the urban population had grown 30 times larger - the U.S. has the third largest economy in the world (behind England and France) Public and Private lands - the homestead act of 1867 - made public land able to become private land when conditions are met - most of the fertile land had already been occupied long before Conservation Movement - mid to late 1800s to early 1900s - extermination of the american buffalo - response to exploited resources - timber cut trees without reforestation - ranches overgrazing grasslands - mining companies were unregulated Industry and resources (U.S. and Canada) - manufacturing corridor - st. Lawrence seaway - manufacturing belt - today it is referred to as the rust belt - it was a major thriving region where lots of things were manufactured like steel and it eventually declined thats why it is not called the rust belt. North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA) - it protected intellectual property, increased trade in many ways Urbanization Stages - primary: extraction of raw materials from nature - secondary: manufacturing of raw materials into finished goods - lumber to furniture - steel to automobiles - tertiary: service economics to support production and consumption - banking, retail, transportation Fisheries - 90% of fish comes from the ocean - especially North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans - U.S. and Canada are very important to the world seafood market - Canada exports to U.S. is 50% Forestry - at least 50% of land was originally covered by forests - the U.S. lost 45% of original forests - Canada only lost 10% - in the U.S. 70% of the land is under private control - in Canada, 9% is privately owned; 91% is federal of provincial owned - Canada: - worlds leading exporter of forest products - ca. 85% goes to the U.S. - only consumes 20% of its own production urban geography - urban areas are the most efficient habitation structure for humans - maximizing the efficiency of resources (i.e. time and energy) - facilitates transportation and migration - maximizing social aspects towns and cities - both are nucleated settlements - buildings clustered around a center - both have a central business district - Starkville = Main st. - Memphis = Union ave. - CITIES ARE BIGGER Suburbs - specialized segment of a large urban complex - industrial, commercial, residential Boroughs - one of the administrative divisions of a large city urban locations - reasons for a city’s existence: - they provide goods and services for itself and for others - Where to build a city: in the old days, this was based on important criteria: - water, food (located near fertile soil or marine resources), transportation, protection - three of these are still important today - water, transportation, and protection transportation in North America - there is an organized system in place for interstates - routes with odd numbers run north to south - routes with even numbers run east to west - for north to south routes, the lowest numbers are in the west - for east to west routes, the lowest numbers are located in the south what about Hawaii? - technically there is no interstate in Hawaii because the term interstate refers to connecting states and Hawaii is alone in the ocean but it has a interstate because its interstates were built by the same people who built the actual interstates. - H1, H2, and H3 (three main roadways in Hawaii) connect military facilities on the islands Alaska? - no it doesn't have any interstates - the culture of North America is no longer a melting pot. the cultures are now more mixed and spread out rather than clustered together. Middle America: - Basic Facts: - culturally complex - african and european influences not he islands - spanish and american influences on the mainland - most economically poor populations - has some of the most biodiverse landscapes in the world - holds 7% of the worlds biodiversity - volcanoes, deserts, rainforests, beaches - religion: mostly catholicism - sometimes called: latin america or Mesoamerica - regions of middle america - Mexico - largest land area - central america - includes 7 republics - Guatemala - Belize - Honduras - El Salvador - Nicaragua - Panama - Costa Rica - greater Antilles - the 4 large islands - Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti/Dominican Republic, Jamaica - lesser Antilles - small islands - US British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Antigua/ Barbados, Trinidad/Tobago, Curacoa/Aruba - Regional Divisions: - Central America - Guatemala to Panama - geopolitically fragmented - Panama Canal Zone controlled by the U.S. until 1999 - population of about 30 millions, mostly Mestizo - Exports of bananas, coffee, sugar, and cotton - dependency on the American Market - First Video on Panama Canal: - French were the first to try and build the Panama Canal - the Chinese were the first to invent the locks - Second Video: - 144 different trade routes - 160 million countries - Caribbean - larger number of islands, about 35 million inhabitants - lesser Antilles: crest of volcanic mountains - European an African influence: - cuba: 70% white - Haiti: 90% black - Dominican Republic: 60% mestizo - important export functions: - sugar for cuba, coffee, sugar and coach for hispaniola, bauxite for jamica - tourismL - important function - dependent on the U.S. - Physical Geography - land bridge- Isthmus - Archipelago - group of islands - active geologically - plate tectonics - natural hazards! - climate zones in middle America - mostly tropical - some desert climates (NW Mexico) - Natural Hazards: - Hurricanes: - central america is hardest hit by hurricanes - biggest impact by hurricanes is storm surge and flooding— not wind - sewage is floating in the flood water and causes disease - last big hurricane— hurricane Patricia— last year tectonic plates in middle america - 4 plates: NA plate, Caribbean plate, Pacific plate, Cocoas plate - Haiti 2010 Earthquake - 7.0 magnitude - 3,500,000 people affected - 220,000 estimated deaths - nearly 200,000 homes destroyed - 4,000 schools were damaged of destroyed


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