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United States Geography

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Cathy Logue

on 2 March 2013

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United States Geography European mariners such as John Cabot in the 15th Century and the Norse 500 years earlier explored the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but the first European explorer known to have sailed up the St. Lawrence River itself was Jacques Cartier during his second trip to Canada in 1535. St. Lawrence River Philadelphia, PA New York City, NY Gulf of Mexico The Great Plains Atlantic Coastal Plains a. Locate major physical features of the United States; include the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Great Plains, the Continental Divide, the Great Basin, Death Valley, the Gulf of Mexico, the St. Lawrence River, and the Great Lakes.

b. Locate major man-made features; include New York, NY; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; and the Erie Canal. The US gained control of most of the rest of the Great Basin via the 1848 Mexican Cession. The first non-native settlements were connected with the eastern regions of the 1848 California Gold Rush. Great Basin The Great Divide is the name given to the largely mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from those river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean (including those that drain into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea), and along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems that drain into the Arctic Ocean. Continental Divide A rare cloudless satellite view of the entire Great Lakes region, April 24, 2000. Great Lakes The Erie Canal is a waterway in New York that runs about 363 miles (584 km) from Albany, New York, on the Hudson River to Buffalo, New York, at Lake Erie, completing a navigable water route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. 1853 Map of New York canals Erie Canal The Old State House was the site of the Boston Massacre. Boston, MA . The valley received its English name in 1849 during the California Gold Rush. It was called Death Valley by prospectors and others who sought to cross the valley on their way to the gold fields, although only one death in the area was recorded during the Rush. During the 1850s, gold and silver were extracted in the valley. Death Valley SS4G1 The student will be able to locate important physical and man-made features in the United States.
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