Just east of the Rocky Mountains Large expanses of grasslands with few trees Climate is harsh with dust storms, difficult winters and low rainfall Homestead Act of 1862 gave people the incentive to move to this region (westward expansion)
“ The Great Divide” (drainage divide) Separates the “watersheds” of the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic/Artic Oceans Runs from Alaska along the Rocky Mountains to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico
Death Valley Located in Eastern California Hottest and driest location in North America Average high in July is 116 degrees Fahrenheit. Record high of 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Badwater Basin is located in Death Valley. The lowest elevation in America, 282 feet below sea level.
Collection of freshwater lakes on the Canada and United States border Connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the St. Lawrence River Made of 5 Lakes (HOMES): Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior Major source of trade and aquatic species
New York City, NY Crucial city during the Revolutionary War Seized by the British in 1776 Throughout history continued to be an important city for trade Today it is the most populous city in the United States