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Regions of the United States The South. The South. States included: North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), Tennessee (TN), Arkansas (AR), Virginia (VA), Kentucky (KY), and Louisiana (LA). Variations on the South.

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The south
The South

States included: North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Alabama (AL), Mississippi (MS), Tennessee (TN), Arkansas (AR), Virginia (VA), Kentucky (KY), and Louisiana (LA).


Variations on the south
Variations on the South

Deep South- consists of the six founding members of the Confederacy: S. Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana.

Appalachia: Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and parts of N. Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

Cajun South: Louisiana and East Texas.

Gulf Coast States: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas


Transition states
Transition States

Texas is divided into the South, Great Plains and Southwest regions

Oklahoma is also included in the Great Plains region for two reasons: climate and “Indian territory”

Southern Louisiana is influenced by French, Caribbean, Latin American history

Physical Geography of the South

  • Wide coastal plain, and river basins.


Climate vegetation of the south
Climate & Vegetation of the South

Humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and long growing season. Winters are mild, seldom with snow. There is no dry season.

Vegetation: Mixed forests. known for plants such as live oaks, magnolia trees, flowering dogwoods.


Historical geography of the south
Historical Geography of the South

Settled as an agricultural region, with slavery and cash crops as its driving force.

Settled by many different cultures: Anglo Protestant, Spanish, Caribbean, Creole, Cajun

Economic Geography of the South

  • Historically based on agriculture, with tobacco and cotton being the first cash crops.

  • Service industry, manufacturing, and high tech industries are also located in the South.

  • Fishing is a common activity in Gulf Coast States.

  • Tourism along the Gulf Coast, especially Florida.

  • Oil Industry is located in the Gulf close to continental shelf drilling.


Population geography of the south
Population Geography of the South

Population evenly distributed, except increase in density around urban centers.*Examples: Atlanta, New Orleans, Mobile, Miami, Charlotte, Charleston, Nashville, and Tampa/Orlando


Political activity of the south
Political Activity of the South

The Republican Party dominates.

Resistance to same-sex marriage, abortion, feminism, desegregation, abolition of slavery, and interracial marriage are part of the political history of the South.

The South is known for its conservatism

and past racial conflicts.

Cultural Geography of the South

  • The South is the origin many types of music:

    • Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Appalachian Folk Music, Gospel, Country music, Rock n Roll (Elvis/Memphis)


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