Chapter 4 North America

In this assignment, you will explore climate and latitude relative to the settlement of the original thirteen colonies. Next, you will explore the spatial patterns of Native American lands in 1819 and the decrease in the size of those lands through the current Native American reservations. Later you will investigate the American Civil War from a spatial perspective. Then you will explore a network of places and routes that made up the Underground Railroad. Following the Civil War, you will analyze how the United States had to balance power between free and slave states. Then you will look at current events within the United States. Specifically, you will analyze how states draw their congressional districts, often allowing for creative shapes and sizes, in a process called gerrymandering. Finally, you will identify and examine the various ways that the U.S. receives immigrants.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply geographic data to analyze the climate characteristics of the thirteen American colonies.
  • Analyze the population growth of the thirteen American colonies.
  • Measure Native American land areas to evaluate land area change over time.
  • Compute the percentage of Native American lands that shifted from their original position to their current location.
  • Compare and contrast the chronology of Civil War battle locations and Union-controlled land between 1861 and 1865.
  • Identify Confederate states, Union states, border states, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.
  • Identify locations that were enslaved and free in the United States in 1850.
  • Explain the role of distance, location, and networks with the Underground Railroad.
  • Explain how the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act led to conflict and not to peace.
  • Analyze the connection between congressional districts and the population.
  • Assess the fairness of the congressional districts in representing the general will of the people.
  • Analyze the various ways that immigrants come to the United States.
  • Evaluate the different immigration programs for population impact on the United States.

Chapter Sections

  • The Thirteen Colonies
  • Native American Lands
  • A Nation Divided
  • The Underground Railroad
  • From Compromise to Conflict
  • What is Gerrymandering?
  • Your Huddled Masses


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World Regional Geography Lab Manual by R. Adam Dastrup, MA, GISP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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