Human Geography of Latin America

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Human Geography of Latin America. Bellwork. Think: What would it be like to live in a city that had 30,000 in one square mile? (lots and lots of people living in one small area; very crowded) Write: How would it be different/hard to… Drive to the store? Walk down to Maverick? Get a job? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Human Geography of Latin America

Human Geography of Latin AmericaBellworkThink: What would it be like to live in a city that had 30,000 in one square mile? (lots and lots of people living in one small area; very crowded)Write: How would it be different/hard toDrive to the store?Walk down to Maverick?Get a job?Breathe? What would pollution be like?

Origins of the PeopleIndigenous peoples (peoples descended from the earliest inhabitants): Travelled down from Asia and through Canada long ago (around 50,000 years ago)The more recent ancestors were the Native tribes like the Maya, Inca, Aztec, and OlmecWhen Europeans came, they mixed their cultures and traditions (and the traditions of the slaves they brought) and made a new ethnic group, called mestizo (mixed Native American and European descent)

Diffusion of Culture!European conquerors and settlers brought:Language (Spanish mostly, but also Portuguese and French to some areas)Religion (Christianity, especially Catholicism, is very prevalent in this region)Food choicesMusical and dance stylesAs more and more Latin Americans immigrate to America, these things become more prevalent (show up more) in America

CitiesMexico, Argentina, Brazil, and other countries are home to large, crowded cities (Mexico City has 30,000 people per square mile!)Problems in these cities include:CrimeTrafficDrugsFinding jobs (employment)PollutionPoverty

Rural AreasMuch of the population in Latin America lives in rural (or country-side) areasDepending on the area, this could be a mountainous area, near a rainforest, in a dry, desert area, or in a plains village (a lot of diversity here!)Extended families tend to live close together, especially in rural areas, where life tends to be more traditionalMusic, Dance, and SportsBaseball is hugely popular in the CaribbeanSoccer (football) is popular throughout Latin AmericaDance forms such as the tango, salsa merengue, and rumba originated in this regionLatin music is lively and often includes stringed instruments (like guitars) and brass instruments (like trumpets)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvli6PmaRTQ&feature=related