Lecture Two Notes

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Department
Geography
Course
GGR100H1
Professor
Joseph Leydon
Semester
Winter

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Cities of Central America and the Caribbean Lecture Two Overview Total population: 186 million Percent Urban Population: 69% Annual Urban Growth: 1.7% Most Urbanized: Guadeloupe (99.8%), Martinique (97.9%), Puerto Rico (97.6%) Least Urbanized: Trinidad and Tobago (12.2%), Monteserrat (13.5%), St.Lucia (27.6%) Megacities (1); Number of cities of more than 1 million (17) Cities of the Caribbean Relatively small cities oriented towards the port (seaward economies) Low rates of industrialization with high concentrations of rural populations Palpable legacies of European imperialism Current emphasis on tourism, off-shore banking and services High rates of informal economic activities Cities of Central America Internally varied urban structure o Large internal highland cities (Mexico City, Guatemala City, San Salvador) o Tourist cities along the coast (Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama) o Industrial towns in Northern Mexico Less port emphasis than the Caribbean Spanish influence seen in urban form (grid pattern with formalized central square) www.notesolution.com
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