History and Culture A _ 2012-2013

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Friday, 11 February 2011

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The northeast of united states of America comprises 2 groups of states:

New England:, Maine, Massachusetts, Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont.

Middle Atlantic States: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York


New York is the most populated city with 22,232,494 of people. The second city is Boston with 5,827,962 of people and third it is Boston with 4,482,857 of people.

New England has played a dominant role in American history. Until well into the 19th century, New England was the country's cultural and economic center. The earliest European settlers of New England were English Protestants who came in search of religious liberty.

New York and Pennsylvania became centers of heavy industry(iron, glass and steel)

A group of people called the Amish live in Pennsylvania. They have an agricultural economy and also make most of the things that they use. Because of their religious beliefs, they do not use electricity or telephones in their homes, or use cars or tractors. They travel by horse and buggy.







The Southeastern US

The Southeastern United States, colloquially referred to as the Southeast, is the eastern portion of the Southern United States. It is one of the most populous regions in the United States of America. The region comprises Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia

Most populous states: Florida, Georgia and North Carolina
Largest cities: Jacksonville, Charlotte and Memphis
Most populous metropolitan areas: South Florida, Atlanta, Northern Virginia, Orlando and Tampa

British colonist in 17th century is the origin of the predominant culture of the South
African-American descendants of the slaves who live in the South comprise the United States' second-largest racial minority
Southeast is one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Unites States because this economic expansion   

Ana Albero Borrás

Western States.

The Western States
The Western States.

 The West  traditionally refers to the region comprising the western most state of the United States.And it includes thirteen states : Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

History & Culture

• Ethnic Groups

-Hawaii is the only state in the union in which Asian Americans outnumber white American residents.
-Asians from many countries have settled in California and other coastal states in several waves of immigration since the 19th Century.
-The border states (California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) all have large Hispanic populations.
-The West also contains much of the Native American population in the U.S., particularly in the large reservations.
-The largest concentrations for black Americans in the West can be found in Los Angeles and Oakland.
-Alaska is a vast land of few people, many of them native.

• History

If you say Western, people usally thinks about cowboy films, so let’s have a look at the Western States history.

# American Old West

-Major settlement of the western territories by migrants from the states in the east developed rapidly in the 1840s.

-The 1850s were marked by political controversies which were part of the national issues leading to the Civil War, though California had been established as a non-slave state in the Compromise of 1850.

-The history of the American West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries has acquired a cultural mythos in the literature and cinema of the United States . The image of the cowboy, the homesteader and westward expansion took real events and transmuted them into a myth of the west which has influenced American culture since at least the 1920s.

# 20th Century

-By 1890, the frontier was gone.The automobile enabled the  Americans to tour the West. So Western businessmen promoted U.S. Route 66 as a means to bring tourism and industry to the West.

-During the latter half of the 20th century, several transcontinental interstate highways crossed the West bringing more trade and tourists from the East, increasing the population.


Sara Fornas Martínez, Grupo AA.

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A) Geography
1. Along the Pacific Ocean coast lie the Coast Ranges with several cultivated fertile valleys: the San Joaquin Valley of California and the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
2. Beyond the valleys lie the Sierra Nevada in the south and the Cascade Range in the north. Mount Whitney is the tallest peak in the Sierra Nevada.
3. Mount Rainier is a volcano in Washington. A major volcanic eruption at Mount Mazama formed Crater Lake. There are also the Mojave and the Sonora Deserts.

4. Beyond the deserts lie the Rocky Mountains, which run from New Mexico to Alaska. The Rocky Mountain Region is the highest overall area of the United States. The tallest peaks of the Rockies are found in central and western Colorado.
5. The Western Rivers System consists of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Cumberland, Arkansas and White Rivers and other rivers that flow towards the Gulf of Mexico.

B) Politics
1. Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico form the West.
2. The West was the first region to see widespread women's suffrage.
3. There is a prevalence of libertarian political thought.
4. The West Coast leans toward the Democratic Party.
5. The majority of Western states have legalized medicinal marijuana and some forms of gambling.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Midwestern United States

The region consists of 12 states:

North Dakota;
South Dakota;


The settlement of the area began in the 17th century because of the French exploration of the region. In 1763 their control over the area of Mississippi River ended as a conclusion of the French and Indian War. Later, British colonists began to expand into the Ohio Country during the period of the 1750s.

● To the development of the Midwest, two waterways have been very important. The first was the Ohio River, which flowed into the Mississippi River. The second was the network of routes within the Great Lakes. The Erie Canal completed an all-water shipping route, so Lakeport and River cities grew up to start these new shipping routes.

● In the middle of the 19th century the region got its first railroads. The railroad junction in Chicago grew to be the world’s largest.
The population of automobiles and buses travelling was growing very quickly. Henry Ford and Charles Kettering, the inventor of the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline, were products of the Midwest, as were the Wright brothers.

● The Northwest Ordinance region, which could be also called the heart of Midwest, was the first region of the United States that prohibited slavery.
Democratic notions were brought by American Revolutionary veterans.


● Like the most regions of the United States, the region of Midwest is mostly Christian. Roman Catholicism is the largest religious domination, although there are other religions as: Southern Baptists, Lutherans, Judaism and Islam. More or less 50% of the people in the Midwest regularly go to church.

● A large African-American urban population lives in the most of the region’s major cities because of the 20th century migration from the South. There is a huge combination of industry and cultures, blues, jazz and rock and roll led to a musical creativity in the 20th century who has produced new music genres such as the Motown Sound and techno from Detroit and house & blues music from Chicago.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwestern_United_States#History

Egle Medisauskaite, Group AA

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US: The Middle West

Where is it situated?

States what compound the mid-west

The region consists of twelve states in the north-central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Traditional definitions of the Midwest include the Northwest Ordinance "Old Northwest" states and many states that were part of the Louisiana Purchase. The states of the Old Northwest are also known as "Great Lakes states". Many of the Louisiana Purchase states are also known as "Great Plains states".


- City lifestyle

The towns and cities of the midwest each present the natural surroundings specific to their area to the visitor in grand form.
The larger cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay house an eclectic selection of arts and cultures.

- Rural lifestyle

The people of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and Illinois share the rich soil and abundant flora and wildlife of the Midwest. Much of the rural area consists of both working and hobby farms and ranches.

- Exploration and early settlement
European settlement of the area began in the 17th century following French exploration of the region. The region's fertile soil made it possible for farmers to produce abundant harvests of cereal crops such as corn, oats, and, most importantly, wheat. The region was known as "breadbasket".
- Development of transportation
Two waterways were important to its development -the first and foremost was the Ohio River and the network of routes within the Great Lakes-.
- Transportation
During the mid-19th century the region got its first railroads, and the railroad junction in Chicago grew to be the world's largest. Even today, a century after Henry Ford, six Class I railroads meet in Chicago.
Competition with a growing population of automobiles and buses traveling on paved highways led to a decline in the interurban and other railroad passenger business.
- 19th century sectional conflict
The Northwest Ordinance region, comprising the heart of the Midwest, was the first large region of the United States that prohibited slavery.

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United States is divided in five regions. One of them is Northeast. Northeast is composed of eleven states. They are Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania. New England or Northeast has played a dominant role in American history. Until well into the 19th century, New England was the country's cultural and economic center. The earliest European settlers of New England were English Protestants who came in search of religious liberty.New England is also important for the cultural contribution it has made to the nation.

New Englanders are known for their hard work, shrewdness, thrift and ingenuity.

A group of people called the Amish live in Pennsylvania. They have an agricultural economy and also make most of the things that they use. Because of their religious beliefs, they do not use electricity or telephones in their homes, or use cars or tractors. They travel by horse and buggy.

The Northeast has a varied climate, with four seasons each year. The winters are cold, the summers can be hot. The temperature becomes colder as you travel northward.





Danae Lorente Balaguer , Group AA

Midwest United States

United States Regions: Midwest

Midwestern (Midwest) :The region consists of twelve states in the north-central United States:

Population and Culture
A 2006 Census Bureau estimate put the population at 66,217,736.
This region was settled by people of various nationalities, including Germans, Swedes and Norwegians, and is referred to as America's Heartland.
The Republican Party started here to stop the spread of slavery in the new states. This was the first region in the country that was antislavery.

Places Of Interest Famous SitesThings to Do 

Chicago, Illinois, the nation's third largest city, is the region's major city. There you can see Sear's Tower, one of the country's tallest buildings. Other major cities are Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, and St. Louis.

North Dakota has more wildlife refuges than any other state, with bountiful bison, antelope and bighorn sheep, as well as hundreds of different bird species.
People from all over the world travel to the Black Hills of South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, or to the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs to see what these ancient giants were like.

By Aura Chanzá Chaqués  -  Group AA

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Wester United States


-Hawaii is the unique place on the Asian Americans white is higher than the number of the American residents.

-California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have large Hispanic populations, as well as Colorado, Utah and Nevada.

-In Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, Colorado Springs and parts of Arizona, we can find the most American west black population.

-Alaska has a lot of national Parks and wildlife’s shelters.

-The second largest city in the nation, Los Angeles is best known as the home of the Hollywood film industry; this area also was a major center for the aerospace industry by World War II. And this is the place where more population is.


-Talking about culture, the Old West it is known by its history and legends of cowboys, cowgirls and also de Native Americans (their battles against European settlers)

-Interesting facts of the American Indians are the religious practices, dances of different tribes and their art, specially the handmade jewellery.

-Western saloon: kind of bar which customers were cowboys, soldiers, fur trappers and miners. Sometimes they offered dancing girls, poker, and usually incorporated piano players to entertain the customers

Sources: www.wikipedia.com, www.thewildwest.org

María Roldán Espuig y Clara Aloy Mayo, gr. AA



The midwestern United States is
one of the four geographic regions within the United States of America.

The region consist of 12 states in the north-central United States:








North Dakota

South Dakota


A 2006 Census Bureau estimate the population at 66.217.736


Religiously is
mostly Christian.

Because of 20th century migration form the south,
a large African-American urban population lives in most of the region's major cities, although the concetration is not generally as large as that of the Southern United States.


European settlement of the area began in the 17th century
following French exploration of the region.