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Acadia

AcadiaAcadia <<uh KAY dee uh>> was a region in eastern Canada. It became the site of the first permanent French colony in North America. French colonists settled there in 1604. Acadia included what are now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. The colony also included parts of what are now the province of Quebec and the state of Maine.... Read More

Altiplano

AltiplanoThe Altiplano is a wide plateau in the Andes Mountains of South America. Its name is Spanish for high plane. The Altiplano covers southeastern Peru, western Bolivia, northeastern Chile, and northwestern Argentina. The Altiplano is one of the highest and largest plateaus in the world. Its elevation ranges from about 11,000 to 13,000 feet (3,300 to 4,000 meters). It covers about 65,000 square miles (170,000 square kilometers).... Read More

America

America regionsAmerica is the great land mass of the Western Hemisphere. It is made up of North and South America. The mainland of America is the longest north-to-south land mass on Earth. The greatest distance of its mainland from north to south is about 8,700 miles (14,000 kilometers), from the Boothia Peninsula in Canada to Cape Froward in Chile. The westernmost point of mainland America is at the Seward Peninsula on the west coast of Alaska. Northeastern Brazil is the easternmost point. North and South America are connected by a land bridge that is narrowest at the Isthmus of Panama. America also includes many islands north, south, east, and west of the mainland.... Read More

Antarctic Circle

Antarctic CircleThe Antarctic <<ant AHRK tihk>> Circle is an imaginary line that runs around the globe near the South Pole. It lies at 66 degrees 33 minutes southlatitude. Latitude is a measure of distance north or south of the equator. The equator is at 0 degrees latitude, and the South Pole is at 90 degrees south latitude. Almost the entire continent of Antarctica is inside the Antarctic Circle.... Read More

Arctic Circle

Arctic CircleThe Arctic <<AHRK tihk or AHR tihk>> Circle is an imaginary line that runs around the globe near the North Pole. It lies at 66 degrees 33 minutes north latitude. Latitude is a measure of distance north or south of the equator. The equator is at 0 degrees latitude, and the North Pole is at 90 degrees north latitude. The Arctic Circle runs through northern parts of Canada, Alaska, Russia, and Scandinavia.... Read More

Ashanti

kente weaverAshanti <<ah SHAN tee>> is a region in the nation of Ghana, in western Africa. Ashanti also refers to a people who live there. The people call themselves Asante. Historically, Ashanti was a powerful military and political state. Today, it is Ghana’s most heavily populated region.... Read More

Bessarabia

BessarabiaBessarabia, «BEHS uh RAY bee uh», is a region in southeastern Europe. It covers 17,147 square miles (44,411 square kilometers). It occupies parts of Moldova and Ukraine. Bessarabia is bordered by the Dniester River on the north and east. The Black Sea and Danube River are on the south. Its western border is the Prut River. Northern Bessarabia is a fertile highland. River valleys cut through the central hilly section. Plains and swamps cover the southern area. Most of Bessarabia’s people are Bulgarian, Moldovan, Russian, or Ukrainian farmers.... Read More

Bronx

New York Botanical GardenThe Bronx is one of the five boroughs  ( districts) that make up New York City. The Bronx lies across the Harlem River from Manhattan. It is bounded on the west by the Hudson River, on the east by Long Island Sound, and on the south by the East River.... Read More

Cape Cod

Cape CodCape Cod is a hook-shaped peninsula on the coast of Massachusetts. It received its name because of the codfish caught off its shores. Cape Cod Bay lies in the hooked arm of Cape Cod. The islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are just south of the cape.... Read More

Cape Colony

Cape ColonyThe Cape Colony was a European colony in what is now southern and western South Africa. The Dutch East India Company founded the Cape Colony in 1652. The British took over the colony in 1795. They gave it back to the Dutch government in 1803, but they occupied it again in 1806. In 1814, the Dutch recognized the Cape as a British colony.... Read More