Cultural Geography. Ptolemy’s First World Map, circa A.D. 150. ANDREW J VAGLIO Office: SOCIAL STUDIES DEPT Phone: 919-625-6291 Email: [email protected] Web Page: knightdalehs.wcpss.net/teachers/ajvaglio. My Teaching Philosophy.
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Ptolemy’s First World Map, circa A.D. 150
Geography is a representation of the whole known world together with the phenomena which are contained therein.
Ptolemy, Geographia 2nd Century A.D.
Geography is the science of place. Its vision is grand, its view panoramic. It sweeps the surface of the Earth, charting the physical, organic and cultural terrain, their areal differentiation, and their ecological dynamics with humankind. Its foremost tool is the map.
Leonard Krishtalka, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 20th Century A.D.
Organized knowledge of the earth as the world of people.
Geography is the study of what is where and why it’s there.
Well, it’s a way of thinking about intellectual problems, both natural and societal, which emphasizes the importance of spatial relationships between culture and the environment. Take any social or environmental question or problem and ask yourself whether there is a spatial aspect to its answer. Chances are that space and place play a role in the explanation of that issue.
AJV - Making It Up As I Go
Why are so many plant and animal species becoming extinct at the end of the twentieth century?
Why do there always seem to be been so many wars in Africa?
How did human beings come to be in North America if they evolved in Africa? Why are the largest animals still alive in Africa but not in Europe or North America, even though people came later to those regions?
Why is corn such an important part of a traditional Mexican diet?
Why are some beers known as India Pale Ales?
Food Place of Origin Current Production
coffee Ethiopia Tropics
oranges South Asia, India US, Mediterranean
pork China, South Asia Worldwide
wheat Near East US, Russia, Argentina
tea China Asia
oats Near East Temperate Climates
pepper South America S. America, Worldwide
Top Ten Coffee Growing Countries (Yellow)
First domesticated in Ethiopia, coffee has come to be a major export crop for colonial countries and continues to provide much of the export income in these less developed countries. In Uganda, 70-80% of export revenue is generated by coffee. Many issues are raised by the continuation of such colonial economics.
Latitude- angular measurement of distance north or south of the Equator.
Range: 0 - 90 degrees N or S
1o latitude = approx. 69 miles (25,000 mi. /360o).
Longitude - the angular measurement of distance east or west of the Prime Meridian.
Maximum value reached at International Date Line - 180o
Range: 0o - 180o E or W
What kinds of cultural values are reflected in each of these American houses?
Where are we? What values are reflected in each? What relation to physical environment?
Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Yurt on Mongolian Steppe
Suburban Home, Chicago
Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
Easter Island, Polynesia