Latin America Road Trip

by Vy Nguyen

STARTING POINT - Nassau Bahamas

Absolute Location- 25° N, 77.3° W


Relative Location- Northeast part of the Bahamas

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Physical Features-


  • Paradise Island

  • Rose Island Coral Reef
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Human features-


  • Atlantis Resort

  • Christ Church Cathedral
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Modification to the environment- Deforestation to build recreation, like resorts


Accommodation to the environment- Wearing shorts because of the heat and humidity


How people depend on the government- The people depend on the money from the government to build results like Atlantis to attract tourists and make more money

Movement-


  • Boats or cruise ships (also for tourism)

  • Art- straw weaving and quilting
Regions-


  • English is the official language of the Bahamas

  • The population is 95% Christian

  • Junkanoo is a street parade that is big part of their culture

  • Family life is important; the number of formal marriages in decreasing
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STOP 1 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Absolute Location- 18.5° N, 70° W


Relative Location- Southern middle part of the Dominican Republic

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Physical Features-


  • Yaque del Norte River

  • Cordillera Central
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Human features-


  • Torre Caney - the tallest building in Santo Domingo

  • Christ Church Cathedral
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Modification to the environment- Dredging (deepening a waterway)


Accommodation to the environment- Woman wearing loose dresses because of the warm climate


How people depend on the government- Peoples' lives are based on exportation of sugar and other cashcrops, so changing the prices would affect the Dominican Republic

Movement-


  • Underground metro system

  • Merengue music
Regions-


  • Spanish is the main language of Santo Domingo

  • The population is 75% Catholic

  • La bandera is a traditional dish that is very popular in Santo Domingo

  • Baseball is the most popular sport
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STOP 2 - Kingston, Jamaica

Absolute Location- 18° N, 76.8° W

Relative Location- Southern east part of Jamaica

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Physical Features-


  • Blue Mountains

  • Lime Cay
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Human features-


  • Bob Marley Museum

  • Devon House
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Modification to the environment- Mining

Accommodation to the environment- Having air conditioning and fans in their houses because of the extreme hot conditions


How people depend on the government- Depend on the government's effort on increasing recreational activities so tourism will increase, therefore earning more money

Movement-


  • Boats and ships (is the world's 7th largest national harbor)

  • Rastafari movement- expression through reggae music
Regions-


  • English is the official language of Jamaica

  • There are many Christian churches in the city, and most of them are Protestant

  • Many houses in Kingston are small and colorful

  • Jerk chicken and jerk pork are very popular foods in Kingston
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FINAL DESTINATION - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Absolute Location- 14.1° N, 87.2° W

Relative Location- Southern middle part of Honduras

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Physical Features-


  • Choluteca River

  • Juan A. Lainez Hill
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Human features-


  • Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple

  • The Shrine of Our Lady of Suyapa
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Modification to the environment- Textile mills, mining, deforestation

Accommodation to the environment- Many houses build porches so people can sit outside and enjoy the breeze


How people depend on the government- Depend on imports from the US to keep food prices low

Movement-


  • Railways

  • Punta- big gatherings of singing and dancing
Regions-


  • The official language is Spanish

  • Mainly Roman Catholic, but Protestant churches are increasing

  • Christmas is the biggest celebration of the year; Food is a huge part of it- mainly tamales and eggnog

  • Football (soccer) is the most popular sport
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