Eography and the Development/Diffusion of Human Society

Competency 117.1.1: Geography and the Development/Diffusion of Human Society The graduate assesses how environmental/geographic factors such as location and availability of resources have affected and continue to affect the development, distribution, and diffusion of the human race over time.
Competency117.1.2: Societal Interaction The graduate evaluates how economic, political, and social-cultural connections shape interaction among both historical and contemporary societies.
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Introduction:

Geographic and environmental factors have a significant influence on the development of trade and migration networks. Those networks and migration patterns ultimately lead to connections between divergent peoples and cultures. Thus, geography and resources have an influence on the development of and interaction between societies.

During your study of the geography and the development/diffusion of human society theme, you have encountered a number of examples that illustrate the influence and connections of societies.

In this task, you will be required to identify two environmental/geographic factors that you consider to be the most significant to the development or expansion of the United States, as well as one environmental/geographic factor that you consider to be the most significant to the development or diffusion of one other human society.

Task:
A. Justify your choice of the two most significant environmental/geographic factors that contributed to the development or expansion of the United States.

B. Justify your choice of the one most significant environmental/geographic factor that contributed to the development or diffusion of one human society from the following list:
a? Mesopotamia
a? Indus River Valley
a? Yellow River Valley
a? Egypt
a? Ancient South American societies
1. Discuss one example of cultural, economic, or environmental diffusion between your chosen society and another society, either from this list or of your choosing.

C. Include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

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There are several important environmental/geographic factors that contributed to the expansion of the United States. One of these factors is the geography of the West. Many people had heard of the riches out West, but knew of the hardships that they would face. Wagon trails headed West regularly, moving people who had hopes of making a new life. However, while it was possible to successfully move out West, the terrain often times proved to be too much for settlers. Harsh winters caused many people to return East. Also, the Rocky Mountains claimed the lives of many who were trying to pass through them. The Grasslands were also considered hazardous because of the weather. Due to the flatness of the terrain, tornados often destroyed this area, including the people and the homes that were there. Wildfires also tore through this area rather quickly due to no natural barriers. Even with the terrain and weather being a deterrent, the early American pioneers continued to settle and tame this wild land.
Another factor that contributed to the expansion of the United States is the flood of the Mississippi River in 1927. Shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation, the majority of the African Americans still lived the Southern States. While there were many different reasons for the mass exodus from the Southern states, one factor was the flooding of the Mississippi River. Due to the heavy rains in the summer of 1926, the Mississippi River was already at its full capacity. On April 15, 1927, 15 inches of rain fell in 18 hours, causing the Mississippi River to burst through levis and dams all along its way to the Gulf. These flood waters covered an area that was 50 miles wide and over 100 miles long. Obviously, these waters caused significant damage to the farms located on or near the riveras banks. Since there were no farms to work, thousands of African American workers migrated north to work in factories. This caused a dramatic increase in the Northern population of African Americans, causing historians to call the move a?The Great Migration.a?
The ancient country of Egypt used the Nile River to aid in their expansion. They used the riveras floods to water the land, causing their soil to be fertile. They used the food to feed their growing populations. They also used the produce for trade between different societies of ancient times. These trades, along with the location of the Nile River, allowed Egypt to become a prominent leader in the ancient world.

References:
Author Unknown, 2011. Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Wikipedia. Retrieved April 18, 2011 from wiki/Great_Migration_(African_American)
Grossman, James, 2005. Great Migration. The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved April 18, 2011 from wiki/Egypt#Ancient_Egypt

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Eography and the Development/Diffusion of Human Society

Introduction:
Geographic and environmental factors have a significant influence on the development of trade and migration networks. Those networks and migration patterns ultimately lead to connections between divergent peoples and cultures. Thus, geography and resources have an influence on the development of and interaction between societies.
During your study of the geography and the development/diffusion of human society theme, you have encountered a number of examples that illustrate the influence and connections of societies.
In this task, you will be required to identify two environmental/geographic factors that you consider to be the most significant to the development or expansion of the United States, as well as one environmental/geographic factor that you consider to be the most significant to the development or diffusion of one other human society. Task:

A. Justify your choice of the two most significant environmental/geographic factors that contributed to the development or expansion of the United States.

B. Justify your choice of the one most significant environmental/geographic factor that contributed to the development or diffusion of one human society from the following list:

a? Mesopotamia

a? Indus River Valley

a? Yellow River Valley

a? Egypt

a? Ancient South American societies

1. Discuss one example of cultural, economic, or environmental diffusion between your chosen society and another society, either from this list or of your choosing.

C. Include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: Please save word-processing documents as *.rtf (Rich Text Format) or *.pdf (Portable Document Format) files.

Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.

Note: When using outside sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Eography and the Development/Diffusion of Human Society

Task:

A. Justify your choice of the two most significant environmental/geographic factors that contributed to the development or expansion of the United States.

B. Justify your choice of the one most significant environmental/geographic factor that contributed to the development or diffusion of one human society from the following list:

a? Mesopotamia

a? Indus River Valley

a? Yellow River Valley

a? Egypt

a? Ancient South American societies

1. Discuss one example of cultural, economic, or environmental diffusion between your chosen society and another society, either from this list or of your choosing.

C. Include all in-text citations and references in APA format.