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  • . South America – physical

  • Eastern Highlands

  • Central lowlands

  • Western Highlands (Andes)


  • Special Environments

  • Amazon rainforest

  • Atacama Desert


II. South American Indigenous culture

A. Nazca (200BC-700AD)


B. Inca (1200-1535 AD)


  • Arrival of Europeans

  • A. Spanish/Portuguese

  • B. British

  • C. French


D. Impact of colonialism

1. Best land appropriated by colonists (haciendas)

2. Land for food crops converted to cash crops (plantations)

3. Demographic decline – 90% by 1650

99% in Caribbean islands

4. Introduction of new foods, animals, technology


E. African slave trade


III. URBANIZATION -

A. Spanish grid city

B. Modern cities


C. Primate cities - push/pull factors

Mexico City

Brazilian favela


From Clawson, Latin America and the Caribbean 4th ed


  • IV. Economic Development

  • A. Primary sector

  • Agriculture – hacienda, plantation

  • hacienda

    • spanish institution

    • not efficient but social prestige

    • workers lived on the land

  • plantation

    • export oriented monocrops

    • imported capital and skills

    • seasonal labor

    • efficiency is key


2. Mining – oil and natural gas


  • Secondary sector (manufacturing)

  • 1. Mexico and maquiladoras

  • Modern industrial plants

  • Assemble imported, duty-free components

  • Export the finished products

  • Mostly foreign-owned (U.S., Japan)

  • 80% of goods reexported to U.S.

  • Tariffs limited to value added during assembly


  • Brazil

  • Manaus Free Trade Zone

  • Grande Carajas Project

  • Highway BR 364


  • Tertiary sector

  • Tourism – Caribbean, Mexico

  • Positives – foreign currency, jobs, develop infrastructure

  • Negatives – “leakage,” “enclave economy,” higher cost of living, higher property values


V. Political

A. Cuba – Castro

wet-foot dry-foot policy

Guantanamo Bay

B. Puerto Rico - Commonwealth


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