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Hispanics/Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in the United States--but they are far from being a homogenous group.<P><P> Mexican Americans in the Southwest have roots that extend back four centuries, while Dominicans and Salvadorans are very recent immigrants. Cuban Americans in South Florida have very different occupational achievements, employment levels, and income from immigrant Guatemalans who work in the poultry industry in Virginia. In fact, the only characteristic shared by all Hispanics/Latinos in the United States is birth or ancestry in a Spanish-speaking country.
This section of the textbook helps you develop and practice the skills you need to study geography and to take standardized tests. Part 1, Strategies for Studying Geography, takes you through the features of the textbook and offers suggestions on how to use these features to improve your reading and study skills.
The earth is a unique planet capable of supporting a wide variety of life forms. Human beings adapt and alter the environments on earth.
An important part of economic geography is understanding which resources a nation possesses. Natural resources are materials on or in the earth--such as trees, fish, or coal--that have economic value. Materials from the earth become resources only when the society has the technology and ability to transform those resources into goods.
Between 1900 and the late 1950s, Mexican border towns came of age both as tourist destinations and as emerging cities. Commercial photographers produced thousands of images of their streets, plazas, historic architecture, and tourist attractions, which were reproduced as photo postcards. <P><P>Daniel Arreola has amassed one of the largest collections of these border town postcards, and in this book, he uses this amazing visual archive to offer a new way of understanding how the border towns grew and transformed themselves in the first half of the twentieth century, as well as how they were pictured to attract American tourists.
On the plains between the San Antonio River and the Rio Grande lies the heartland of what is perhaps the largest ethnic region in the United States, Tejano South Texas. In this cultural geography, Daniel Arreola charts the many ways in which Texans of Mexican ancestry have established a cultural province in this Texas-Mexico borderland that is unlike any other Mexican American region. Arreola begins by delineating South Texas as an environmental and cultural region. He then explores who the Tejanos are, where in Mexico they originated, and how and where they settled historically in South Texas. Moving into the present, he examines many factors that make Tejano South Texas distinctive from other Mexican American regions-the physical spaces of ranchos, plazas, barrios, and colonias; the cultural life of the small towns and the cities of San Antonio and Laredo; and the foods, public celebrations, and political attitudes that characterize the region. Arreola's findings thus offer a new appreciation for the great cultural diversity that exists within the Mexican American borderlands.
Go on a geographical tour around the world! Explore the world while solving the riddle using informational clues about each country. Students study 30 countries, grouped by continent, using maps, charts, graphs, puzzles, and hands-on activities. A skills test, glossary of geographical terms, and an answer key are included.
This McDougal Littell California Edition of World Geography consists of reading materials on The Basics of Geography, The United States and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia and the Republics, Africa, Southwest Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica, etc.
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