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America was named after him
Amerigo Vespucci
When Columbus landed in the New World he thought he was in some islands near which continent?
Asia
The name the early French explorers gave to the area of North America they explored
New France
An Indian word for "village"
Canada
He first used the terms "North" and "South" America
Mercator
This term refers to an area that shares a common feature
Region
When referring to a British heritage people often use this term
Anglo-American
They call it "Latin America" because...
the languages spoken there come from the Roman Empire
The peninsula where Portugal and Spain are located
Iberian
Two countries found on the Iberian peninsula
Spain and Portugal
The ocean that is between South America and Europe
Atlantic Ocean
Describe tundra
treeless ground in northern Canada
The shape of the Canadian Shield
horseshoe
Location of the Canadian Shield
from the Arctic circle southward toward the U.S.
The largest chain of lakes in the world
Great Lakes
Number of seasons found in the tropics
two
The regions that make up Middle America
Mexico, Central America, Caribbean
The longest chain of mountains in the world
Andes Mountains
This covers most of the Amazon Basin
the rain forest
Longest river in the Americas
the Amazon
A level area raised above the surrounding land
plateau
Italian who did his exploring for England
Cabot
A narrow stretch of water that connects 2 larger bodies of water
strait
What is a cartographer?
map maker
Who was the famous Flemish cartographer?
Mercator
The earth is divided into how many hemispheres?
four
Does the US or Canadian government more closely resemble the English government?
Canadian
Put these countries in order according to land size.....US Canada Russia Belize
Russia, Canada, US, Belize
True or False...plains are also prairies
true
Which is higher....a basin or a plateau
a plateau
The Yucatan Peninsula is in Mexico, Canada, or Cuba?
Mexico
Which refers to a longer period of time....climate or weather?
climate
What word refers to moisture falling from the air?
precipitation
Put these in order from warmest to coolest....frigid zone, tropics, temperate zone
tropics, temperature, frigid