Middle America Region – Mexico, Central America, Caribbean Central Highlands Coastal Lowlands Great and Lesser Antilles. Inner arc – St. Lucia. Outer arc – La Desirade. Hurricane Mitch. . South America – physical Eastern Highlands Central lowlands Western Highlands (Andes).
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Outer arc – La Desirade
A. Nazca (200BC-700AD)
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
A. Spanish grid city
B. Modern cities
A. Cuba – Castro
wet-foot dry-foot policy
B. Puerto Rico - Commonwealth