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Lecture 2

2B - Amazon Deforestation.pdf


Department
Geography
Course Code
GEOG 1400F/G
Professor
Anthony Weis
Lecture
2

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UNIT 2: TROPICAL DEFORESTATION (in Amazonia)
The Political Ecology of Amazonian Deforestation
“With the loss of the tropical
rainforests, we face the possibility
of an extinction spasm as dramatic
and far-reaching as anything in the
history of life on earth.”
Michael Robinson
impoverishing the ‘ethnosphere’
DAVIS: ‘perhaps best defined as the sum total of
all thoughts, beliefs, myths and intuitions made
manifest today by the myriad cultures of the
world…humanity’s greatest legacy.’
e.g. ~7000 languages

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http://www.uncontactedtribes.org/brazilphotos
Language Map of Latin America
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SPANISH
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PORTUGUESE

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Language Map of Latin America
~25 M
Tenochtitlan in 1500, bigger than any
European city
3 powerful pre-Colombian Empires
-agricultural surpluses (some of the
world’s great agricultural hearths)
-capital cities, colonies, trade links, etc.
-authoritarian
in 1492: large range of societies
(from dense & sedentary to highly mobile)
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