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The Geography of Global History




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Big Geography The Geography of Global History We need a mental picture of the whole world, not just certain parts of it. This is “big geography.” South America Africa Bosporus Istanbul Dardanelles What significance have the Bosporus and Dardanelles had as a line dividing peoples from one another in history? Almost none! So, how many continents? • Afroeurasia • Australia • North America • South America • Antarctica • Afroeurasia • Australia • Americas • Antarctica But is it possible to think of North and South America as ONE continent? Are the Americas one continent or two? Try to think of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea as bodies of water “inside” the Americas. Gulf of Mexico Caribbean Sea Columbia Mississippi Amazon Congo Niger Danube Nile Tigris- Euphrates Indus Ganges Mekong Yangze Yellow (Huang) Darling- Murray Finally, let’s not forget great rivers. They have served as channels of communication between seas and deep interior lands. i ll l i






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