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Chapter 3 Cities of Middle America & the Caribbean

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Wright State University
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Urs 2000 - Growth and Change in Urban Society

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Cities of Middle America and the Caribbean Chapter 3 Growth and Change in Urban Societies Mexico City http news bbc co uk olmedia 1280000 images 12833 11 mexico city bbc300 jpg Middle America The Caribbean Demographics Total Population Percent Urban Population Total Urban Population Most Urbanized Country Least Urbanized Country of Cities over 1 Million of Megacities Three Largest Cities World Cities 197 Million 71 0 139 Million Cayman Islands 100 Trinidad Tobago 13 9 19 1 Mexico City Mexico City Guadalajara Monterrey Mexico City Key Lecture Themes Middle America was shaped by the Spanish The Caribbean developed under various European powers Middle America was the site of early Pre Columbian city development called Mesoamerica Cities did not exist in Caribbean until European period Middle American cities were located mainly inland and upland Caribbean cities tended to be coastal ports Historical Epochs Middle America Mayan Empire Southern Mexico Yucatan Belize and Guatemala Agriculture based on maize squash beans and chili peppers Civilization peaked AD 900 Declined by time of Spanish Monumental architecture Indian corn Mayan city of Tikal Historical Epochs Middle America Teotihuac nos City of Teotihuacan 2 300 years old Largest city in world by 7th century Aztec Empire Called Mexicas Capital City of Tenochitl n On Lake Texcoco Population 250 000 Pyramid of the Moon Teotihuacan Teotihuanc n s Pyramid of the Moon Mural of Tenochitlan by Diego Rivera Historical Epochs Middle America Spanish Conquest Search for wealth and souls Hern n Cort s and Aztecs Role of La Malinche and Aguilar Routes of Spanish Ships at a later date Woodcarving of Cortes La Malinche meeting Montezuma Historical Epochs Middle America Colonial Period Law of the Indies Spatial order of cities Central plaza surrounded by Cathedral or church City hall Government buildings Wealthy housing Poor live further out Plaza de Armas Mexico City Shanty towns Mexico City Cathedral Historical Epochs Middle



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