Chp 8- The United States

Geography
Colonies
a territory controlled by people from a foreign land.
Plantations
large farms that produce one major crop
Immigration
Culturally
Because of its long history of ______________, the United States is one of the most ________________ diverse countries in the world.
Megalopolis
a group of cities in the northeastern US that has grown into large built-up area.
Boston
New York
Philidelphea
Baltimore
Washington DC
The United States megalopolis includes the cities of: (5)
Textiles
cloth products
Metropolitan Area
a city and its surrounding built-up areas
Arable
fit for growing crops
Corn Belt
a region of the US Midwest that specializes in growing corn
Dairy Belt
a region of the US Midwest that specializes in dairy products
North
cooler
rockier
less fertile
The dairy belt is ______ of the corn belt where summers are _________ and soils are _________ and less ________.
Livestock
Cattle
Hogs
Most of the corn grown in the Corn Belt is used for feeding ___________ such as beef _________ and _______.
Corn
Soybeans
The United States is the world’s major exporter of _______ and ___________
Dairyland
Butter and cheese
Wisconsin (aka- America’s ___________) produces more ________ and _________ than any other state.
Chicago
Transportation
__________ is the largest city in the Midwest and the THIRD largest metropolitan area.
It’s location has made it a major ____________ center.
3rd
Port
Michigan
Railroad
Busiest
Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and the ___ largest metropolitan area.
It’s location has made it a major transportation center. It has a ____ on Lake ____________ -the country’s most important ___________ hub and one of the _______ airports in the world.
Detroit
__________ is the center of automobile manufacturing in the US.
Automobile
Detroit is the center for ___________ manufacturing in the US.
Minneapolis and St. Paul
The twin cities of __________ and __________ are major distribution centers for the agricultural products of the upper Midwest.
Agricultural
The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are major distribution centers for the __________ products of the upper Midwest.
St. Louis
___________ is located near the area where the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers flow together making it the gateway to the west.
Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois
“Gateway to the West”
St Louis is located near the area where the ____________, ____________, and _______________ rivers flow together making it the “___________ to the ______”
315 million people
The United States is home to more than ________ people.
American Indians
The ancestor’s of today’s _________________ first settles North America at least 14,000 years ago.
14,000 years ago
The ancestor’s of today’s American Indians first settled North America at least _________ years ago.
English and French
Spanish explorers reached the continent about 500 years ago, claiming the land of what is now Florida to California. They were soon followed by the _______ and the ________.
Florida to California
About 500 years ago, Spanish explorers claimed the land of what is now ___________ to __________.
British
The __________ became the major influence on the early history of the United States.
13 colonies along the East coast
The British set up ___ colonies along the _______ coast.
Dutch and Germans
Besides the British, other early settlers included the _______ and the _________.
The south was ideal for AGRICULTURE and the north became canters for TRADE, SHIPBUILDING, and FISHING.
The American Colonies developed regional __________.
The South had ideal conditions for _______________, while the northern colonies became the centers for __________, _____________ and ____________.
British
Independence
Eventually, the colonist grew unhappy with the ________ rule, so they fought for their _____________ from them.

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