World Geography - Chapter 6

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migration

movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.

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Columbian Exchange

widespread exchange of animals, plants, culture, human populations (including slaves), communicable disease, and ideas between the American and Afro-Eurasian Hemispheres following the voyage to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

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Louisiana Purchase

the territory, including the region between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, that the United States purchased from France in 1803.

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frontier

the free, open land in the America West that was available for settlement.

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suburb

a political unit or community touching the borders of the central city or touching other suburbs that touch the city.

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representative democracy

a government in which the people rule through elected representatives.

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export

a product or good that is sold from one economy to another.

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free enterprise

an economic system in which private individuals own most of the resources, technology, and businesses, and can operate them for profit with little control from the government.

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service industry

any kind of economic activity that produces a service rather than a product.

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multinational

a corporation that engages in business worldwide.

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postindustrial economy

an economic phase in which manufacturing no longer plays a dominant role.

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New England

the six northern states in the Northeast United States - Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.