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Intro World Geography - South America

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Intro World Geography - South America GR 1123

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Notes on South America which will be on Exam 2
Into World Geography
Claire Babineaux
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world, geography, South America, MSU, Mississippi State University




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Date Created: 03/01/16
South America Fun facts about South America  Contains 12 states  Mountains in the West; Amazon Basin in the East  Most of the continent's population lives in Brazil  Most of the populace lives on the coasts  Contains the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela (over 3,200 ft high)  South America is the 4th largest continent by landmass  More than 20% of Earth's oxygen is produced in South America (rainforests)  Brazil has won more world cups than any other country in the world (5 titles)  51% of the S.A. population speaks Portuguese  Rich in Natural Resources o Gold, timber, water oil Physical Geography  Longest continent from north to south o 4750 miles long o Chile is 90 miles wide but 2500 miles long o Brazil is the 5th biggest country in the world  The size of SA allows it to have a wide variety of climates and vegetation o Mostly tropical rainforests o Argentina is one of the most diverse with 5 different climate zones  Andes Mountains o The world longest mountain chain o 23,000 ft. high; 4300 miles long o Rocky Mnts are only 3000 miles long  Amazon Basin o 2nd longest river in the world o Mostly located in Brazil  Brazilian Highlands o Comprises of several small mountains ranges  Pampas o The "Great Plains" of SA, mostly in Argentina The Incan Civilization  Titicaca Valley o One of SA largest lake o World's highest navigable body of water (12,507)  Combination of several cultures o Most were well established by the year 1000 o Predominately lived in areas called Altiplanos (High Plains) o Capitol: Cusco, Peru  Very advanced for the time o Built huge buildings, roads, bridges in the mountains o Practiced surgery, and were great military strategists o Terracing Spanish Conquest  In 1531 Spanish arrived and enslaved the Incan Empire o Used the existing empire for their benefit (the Mit'a system) o Forced the Incan ppl into mining silver o Land Alienation  Led by Conquistador Francisco Pizarro o One of his captains was….. Hernando deSoto  Silver mining created huge wealth for the Spanish o Spread their colonies to Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay o Potosi ("vale un Potosi")  Mean while the Portuguese took over indigenous populations in Brazil  90% of the indigenous population died of disease and dangerous working conditions Formation of the ViceRoyalty  Vice - Latin for "in place of"  Roi - French for "King"  Formed to help the Crown control populations and territories around the globe:  3 Spanish viceroys established in SA: 1. Peru (1542-1824) 2. Nueva (New) Grenada (1717-1819) 3. Rio dela Plata (1776-1814) Independence from Europe: 1800's to 1900's  Spurred by the American and French Revolutions o Made Spain nervous  Spain relinquished some claims in SA; choosing to focus on Spain mainland o Argentina o Chile o Peru  Simon Bolivar "the great El Libertador", helped free other states: o Venezuela o New Granada (Columbia) o Ecuador o Bolivia (named in his honor) Other independence  Brazil became independent in 1822 after Portugal was invaded by Napoleon  Uruguay from 1828 Brazil and Argentina  Guyana from the UK in 1966  Suriname from the Dutch in 1975  French Guiana currently remains under French control African Descendants  Sugar was the huge crop of Brazil  Unlike the Spanish, Portugal had no slave population to help with plantation work, mining  Half of all slaves brought to the Americans ended up in brazil  198 million Africans live in Brazil today Most of SA's population is along the coast South American Economic Geography  1st - agriculture o Sugar, soy bean, coffee  2nd - manufacturing o Chemicals, electronics, textiles, biofuels  3rd - Oil Production o Brazil and Venezuela  Unevenly developed o Only contained to Brazil, Chile, and Argentina's urbans area (coasts)  Political instability for most countries South American Union  UNASUR - Union of South American Nations o Founded in 2008 o Single currency o Shared defense o Passport o Infrastructure  Not quite effective… o Political o Resources o Interest Mercosur - the "Southern Common Market"  Purpose is to promote free trade and the fluid movement of goods, people, and currency  Economic bloc containing Member States and Associate States SA Urbanization  City populations have grown steadily since 1950  >80% of the populations is urban o And fast growing  Cities provide opportunities o Increased chance of making more money o Receive better education for their children o More "things" to do (sound familiar?)  Megacities o Cities that contain more than 10 million people Poverty in SA  Disparity of Rich and Poor o Favelas Problems in SA  Disparity of Rich and Poor  Slums produce crime and disease  Very high levels of corruption o Columbia: drug trade o Venezuela: murder rate is high US/China/SA Relationship  US o Monroe Doctrine to keep Europe out of South America (1820s)  The European powers were obligated to respect the Western Hemisphere as the United States' sphere of interest o Tried to keep out communism out during the Cold War (1950's - 80's)  Bolivia  Chinas is Brazil's and Chile's largest trading partner o Assisting with building of infrastructure o Why is China involved? The oil and Natural resources of SA Human Geographic Regions of South America  The Caribbean North  The Andean West  The Southern Cone  Brazil The Caribbean North Region  Plantation type lifestyle with European influence in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana o Population mostly along the coast  Colombia and Venezuela rich in farming, ranching, and mining o Population is somewhat inland than on the coast Colombia  Population tends to congregate in the Andean Mountains and in the North interior  Coffee is the largest export o (narcotics are next; 70% of the US cocaine comes from Colombia)  Cartels influence the political system, army, and police o Fight for control of the trade, network and growing of coca plants o Almost overthrew the government in 1999  In some cases cartel have their own army to fight the state and police Insurgent States  Several stages: o Contention: a rebellion forms and sustains itself within the countries boarders o Equilibrium: forms territories within the countries  At the stage an insurgent state is established in which they secede or bring down the government o Counteroffensive: legitimate state or country tries to take back control of insurgent area  Sometimes outside help Failed State  Measured on a spectrum (Failed State Index, FSI)  A product of: o Social indicators  Refugees, boarder disputes, large vengeance seeking group o Economic indicators  Uneven economic development, group-based poverty or inequality  Sharp and or severe economic decline o Political factors  Criminalization of goverment officials  Pubic services deteriorate  Widespread human rights violations Venezuela  29.7 million people live in Venezuela o Mostly in the highlands (close to the resources) o Farming and cattle grazing  2 Main resources areas: o Guiana Highlands  Iron o Maracaibo Lowlands  Oil  Contains the world largest water fall (Angel Falls)  Largely Spanish decent and Catholic  Poor economy is the 1990's o Value of the Venezuelan dollar devalued and social unrest  In 1998, Hugo Chavez rose to power 1998 o Re-wrote the constitution (focused on social and economic equality o Tension with the US  In 2007, formed United Socialist Party of Venezuela  Remained neutral in the drug wars  Traded with China  Threatened to stop commerce with US o Died of cancer in 2012  Future of the country is unknown at the moment French Guiana  Still under French control  Official Overseas French Department o Currency…French Euro  Economy: o Not much agriculture  Slash and Burn Method o Exports gold and seafood o Space industry is big  Guiana Space Centre The Andean West Region  Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay  Most of the Amerindian population is located here today  Rich with untapped resources (oil, minerals) Peru  Along 1000 miles of SA west coast o Geography defined by 3 zones  Coast (desert)  Andes (Sierra; Mountainous)  Rain forest (Selva; Jungle) o 30.4 million people o 1/2 are Amerindian o Desert Coast  City of Lima (500 years old)  40 oases which produce citrus, olives, and vegetables o Sierra (Andes Mountains)  Contains remnants of the Incan culture (Quechua)  Very poor population, mostly mine workers  Produces 20% of the worlds gold  Also copper, zinc and lead o Selva (Amazon Rainforest)  Contains the city of Iquitos  Iquitos can only be reached by traversing the 2300 mile Amazon River Ecuador  Situated directly over the equator (hence the name)  14.7 million people o Most live in the fertile valleys and long the Pacific coast  Leading export is oil and seafood o Bananas, cattle and coffee to be grown "Isolas de Galapagos"  Annexed by Ecuador in 1832  Very interesting biodiversity  Visited by Charles Darwin in 1835, while sailing on the H.M.S Beagle  Species adaptation on the different islands Bolivia  Large Amerindian population  Country is divided currently (insurgent state) o Spanish (East) vs. Amerindians (West) o Clash of culture and fight for power  60% speak Spanish o No official language o 90% illiteracy rate The Southern Cone  Comprised of 3 countries o Argentina o Chile o Uruguay  Tied together through trade o Mercosur  Physically diverse o Mountains West/Pampas East Argentina  2nd in area to Brazil  41.3 million people o 3rd after Brazil and Columbia  Has a large flat grassland area called the Pampas o Used for farming, cattle production, mostly for Europe  Mostly Spanish, heavily influenced by Italians and Germans  91% of the country's population lives in an urban environment Chile  Longest North to South country in the world o Along the Andes Mountains  Contains 3 regions: o Atacana Desert o Middle Chile o Highland South  Mining is huge o Copper  Export lots of vegetables to the US  Lots of earthquakes (ring of fire) BRIC/BRICK/BRICK's Countries  An acronym based on the letter of each country o Brazil o Russia o India o China o (Kenya) o (South Africa)  Emerging economies o These countries are growing exponentially at the moment  Indicated by: o Growing Middle Class o Science Research Hubs (well educated population) o Huge Populations (tons of workers) Brazil  Powerhouse of SA o In resources, people, and geographic area  Rich in farmland, tropical rainforest, untapped resources  200 million people, diverse populace o Speak Portuguese and largely influenced by Europe and Africa o Heavily mixed population (moderate race relations) o 13 cities over 1 million people o Catholicism prevalent (70% of the population)  Brazil comes from the Portuguese/Amerindian word "pau-brasil" which means brazilwood o Lots of wood exports  Soccer is the national sport Brazil Economy  Economy has done well since adopting Democracy in 1989  Common exports o Agriculture o Mining o Manufacturing  Tourism is huge o Rainforest o Beaches  Goal is outpace the US in food production


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