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South America: An Introduction

Length of Time:   20-30 Minutes


South America is a continent rich in history and natural resources. The United States has had a long and close connection to its southern neighbors, usually dominating the relationship. The countries of Latin America have begun to challenge this control, led by the oil rich nation of Venezuela. This primary activity will help students identify major political divisions in the area. They will locate other important geographic features and reflect upon the impact of geography on the history and current situation of this very complicated region.

Companion Lesson: South American Nation Study

See also, South American Forum in the 9-12 Curriculum, for an in depth simulation activity

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