Urban patterns in Latin America.


Precocial cities

Before the Europeans colonies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, most people lived in rural settlements. Cities were often laid out with a central area including marketplace, religious structures, government buildings, and homes of wealthy families.

Colonial cities

When Europeans gained control of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, they expanded existing cities to provide colonial services, such as administration, military command, and international trade, as well as housing for Europeans who settled in the colony.

Cities since independence.

Following independence, Latin American cities have grown in accordance with the sector and concentric zone models.
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