What is a Settlement Hierarchy?. Hierarchy is just fancy name Don’t be put off by fancy names Geographers love them, it brings identity to their subject. You’ve done feudalism in History? Of course you have, you remember: King on top then beastly Barons next the brave fighting Knights
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Hierarchy is just fancy name
Don’t be put off by fancy names
Geographers love them, it brings identity to their subject
Of course you have, you remember:
King on top
then beastly Barons
next the brave fighting Knights
last and least, those poor old peasants
What shape does that make?
But WHY is it a triangle?
Here are two reasons, you probably have more:
Think of the different types of settlement you know
Town Village Hamlet
City Megalopolis Farm
And put them into a triangle with the largest at the top and smallest at bottom . . .
So there you are – its as simple as that. But you can make yours more interesting by adding colour and pictures
Then write a sentence underneath to explain what it is to an alien
Don’t ever let anyone ever tell you that Geography is hard!
How many cities / larger towns / smaller towns / villages are there?
Why are there no farms on the map?
What pattern is starting to show?