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Texas: A Land of Contrasts

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Luin Larson

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Texas: A Land of Contrasts
By Mackenzie Cook and Luin Larson
impact on our lives

How we modify our environment positively.
Geographic difference's
Impact on Native American Cultures
People moving to an area affect it by the people spreading ideas, culture, and knowledge. People did all of those things to Texas, which shows how diverse it is. The Spaniards brought with them Christianity, (the knowledge of) surprise attacks, and blankets.
How peoples movement effects an area
Geography impacts us with the availability of food, precious materials, and their culture by affecting history. If you're by a water source, you are more likely to have seafood which effects what you eat and trade. Texas has places with, and without much water which creates a contrast which helps it economically. Texas has a lot of Christian people because that is the religion that the Spaniards were spreading.
How we modify our
environment negatively.
Humans have made many changes to their geographical situations to better suit their needs and wants. Most of these changes have had a positive impact on the lives of humans, but were not good for the environment.
Irrigation systems bring water from nearby sources to areas where crops are grown. Early civilizations like those in Egypt and China used irrigation systems to grow more food. In modern times irrigation systems have been made to grow crops in areas once barren.
The invention of roads allowed civilizations to exchange goods and conquer easier. The Roman and Incan people built road systems throughout their empires. Today, the various systems of roads continue to allow for good communication, trade, and cultural diffusion.
Fossil fuels are carbon based fuels that come from the remains of prehistoric plants and animals. Fossil fuels power our cars, heat our homes, and run the factories that manufacture everything we use in our lives. However, recent science has showed that the burning of fossil fuels have begun to greatly damage the environment.
Fossil Fuels
When human actions contaminate the environment, it’s called pollution. It can be air pollution, water pollution, and soil pollution. Pollution has caused health problems in all living things. Pollution also has destroyed various animals, plants, and insects.
Deforestation is the destruction of the forests. These forest are cut down for lumber, to clear space, for building. On average, 2.4 acres per second (Two football fields) of forests are destroyed. This causes changes in weather patterns, a buildup of carbon dioxide, and the deaths of many organisms.
Global Warming
Global Warming is the rising of the temperature worldwide. If it gets hot enough, the glaciers will melt causing floods. Scientists believe global warming is caused by the buildup of warm air in the atmosphere. This is caused by the use of CFCs, the burning of fossil fuels, and deforestation.
Canniballistic Karankwas:
Were they really all that bad?
As much as we have learned about the Native Americans, there are still many things that stump scientists and historians alike when it comes to their way of living. One of these things was the act of cannibalism specifically in the Karankwa tribe. Today, canniballism is thought of as barbaric and inhumane, but back then, this may not have been the case. We have proof that the Karankawas were not the only ones who practiced canniballism. In Jamestown, scientests uncovered the bones of a young girl with human teeth inprinted in them. Also, Esteban reported that on their expedition, they had to eat some of their companions to stay alive. When the Karankawas heard this news, they were supposedly shcoked! It makes you wonder who the bad guys really were. So, if everyone did it, can canibbalism really be all that bad?
The Comanche’s horses are very important to them because they use them for transportation, methods of getting food, and for battles. Being on the Great/Central Plains, they had to be able to follow the buffalo. They also had to be able to move very fast.
The caddos were a very peacful tribe that lived on the fertile soil in the coastal plains. They used the soil to farm many different crops and berries, which they used for dyes. This greatly impacted their culture, and they used these dyes to make beautiful cloths and other articles of clothing. They even invented their own type of black dye, and no one knows how it was made!
The Karankwa culture was largely impacted by their environment. Fishing and canoeing were a part of their daily lifestyle.And they also gathered berries from around their campsite, and used them to make a special called the black drink, which was kind of like coffee. They also were very well known to tattoo themselves from head to toe with these same local berries.
All of the Native American tribes had to rely solely on their environment to get the rescources they needed to survive. The varied rescources in these regions were reflected upon the tribes living in them. Here are a few examples from some well known tribes in Texas.
Whats Up With Houston?
We all have probably realized that Houston is a very densely populated place. The traffic is insane, and we have all probably experienced that time with a relative or a close friend, as their minds are blown by the seemingly interminable LINES! Houston is like a giant boomtown which never seems to bust. Why hasn't it, then? Is it the steady flow of rescources, the taedy flow of unique buisnesses, the tourist attractions? And how does it stay this way?
Thank you for Watching!
As you have noticed Texas is a state different from any other. Contrary to the label, melting pot, Texas is home to many cultures which arent always melted down, but unique in their own ways. Both in the past and the present, the environment has also affected these cultures.
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