6A & 6B Vocabulary

Mission 6A

Mesoamerica

Mexico and Central America


Elite

A group of people considered (by others or themselves) to be the best in a particular society or category, esp. because of their power, talent, or wealth.


Musket

an infantryman's light gun with a long barrel, typically smooth-bored, muzzleloading, and fired from the shoulder.


Decimate

kill one in every ten of (a group of soldiers or others) as a punishment for the whole group


Intermarriage

A marriage between two people of different races, castes, or religions.


Encomienda System

A legal system that was employed mainly by the Spanish crown during the Spanish colonization of the Americas to regulate Native American labor and autonomy.


7B Vocabulary

Columbian Exchange

A widespread exchange of animals, plants, culture, human populations, communicable diseases, technology and ideas between American and Afro-Eurasian hemispheres following the voyage to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492


Staples

A principal raw material or commodity grown or manufactured in a locality.


7C Vocabulary

Dispersal

The action or process of distributing things or people


Diaspora

the dispersion of any people from their original homeland.

Cash Crops

a crop produced for it's commercial value rather than for use by the grower or farmer