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Mexico & Central America

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Mexico & Central America

  1. 1. Mexico & Central America<br />An Introduction<br />
  2. 2. Mexico<br />Part of North America<br />Shares northern border with United States<br />Spanish is official language<br />
  3. 3. Economy of Mexico<br /><ul><li> Economy was once based on farming
  4. 4. Manufactured goods are #1 export today
  5. 5. Oil is a major export of Mexico
  6. 6. Rural people are moving to cities to find jobs</li></li></ul><li>Politics of Mexico<br />Mexico is a federal republic<br />Capital city: Mexico City<br />Peso is monetary unit<br />Felipe Calderon is current President<br />
  7. 7. Quick History of Mexico<br />Mexico was inhabited by the Aztecs, Mayas, and other indigenous peoples<br />Mexico was colonized by Spain<br />Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821<br />
  8. 8. Central America<br />Central America consists of 7 countries <br />Central American countries border Mexico to the south and Colombia to the north<br />Spanish is the most commonly spoken language in Central America<br />All countries in Central America touch ocean or sea<br />
  9. 9. Economy of Central America<br />Sugar, coffee, and bananas are top exports for Central American countries<br />In 1999, Panama took control of the Panama canal, essential to the economy of the world<br />Most of the farm land in Guatemala is owned by rich land owners<br />
  10. 10. Central American Politics<br />Most countries in Central America are democracies<br />Guatemala was once ruled by a dictator<br />Indigenous people of Central America continue to struggle to have a voice in politics<br />
  11. 11. History of Central America<br />Indigenous people, like the Maya, once inhabited countries in Central America<br />Most of the countries in Central America was once Spanish colonies<br />
  12. 12. Resources<br />http://www.enchantedlearning.com/mgifs/Mexicomap.GIF<br />http://worldprotectionservices.com/store/images/C/central_america_map.gif<br />http://www.theodora.com/flags<br />http://www.trailmonkey.com/latin/middleamericaregion_MAP.jpg<br />http://student.britannica.com/elementary/art-82367/An-illustration-shows-Spanish-conquistadors-supervising-American-Indians-who-are<br />World Studies: Latin America. Pearson Prentice Hall. Boston, MA. 2008.<br />Sutton, T. & Whelan, B.M. (2004). Complete Color Harmony. Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishing.<br />

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