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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson F: Imperialism and the New World of the Americas

Activity 5: Analyzing and Researching Economic Data

In this activity you will examine some economic data from Latin America to draw conclusions about the overall economy of Latin America.

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Written Activity - Notebook


As you examine the following graphs and charts, answer the following questions in your notebook.

  • What patterns do you notice from examining these data?
  • How do these data help you better understand the economic and social conditions of Latin America?
  • What other data would you like to have in order to better understand Latin America‚Äôs economy in the 19th century?

 

percent of population who owned land in 1900
[1]

 

Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Per-Capita In Different Countries and Regions Around the World

Year United States Great Britain Africa Latin America
1600
$400.00
$974.00
$414.00
$503.00
1700
$527.00
$1250.00
$422.00
$703.00
1820
$1257.00
$1706.00
$420.00
$713.00
1870
$2445.00
$3190.00
$500.00
$749.99
1900
$4091.00
$4492.00
$500.00
$1200.00
1930
$6213.00
$5441.00
$550.00
$1914.00
[2]

 

Percentage of the Economy in Select Countries Dependent upon Cash Crops

Country Main Product Percentage of Economy
Costa Rica
Bananas and coffee
86.1
Cuba
Sugar and tobacco
91.5
Peru
Sugar
37.4
Venezuela
Cacao and coffee
73.4
[3]

 

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Classroom Activity - Researching Economies

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Directions: The economy of Latin America has changed slightly over the years. For the most part, the basics of the economies of various countries have not changed significantly over the years. In this activity you will work with a partner to research the current economy of a country. After you have researched the current economy of a country you should determine how much the economy has changed in the past century.

Download Icon Download Student Resource: Economic History of a Select Country (doc).

 

Dropbox Icon Submit your research to your teacher as instructed.

 

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[1] Source: This information from Oxford University Press is in the public domain.

[2] Source: This information from Oxford University Press is in the public domain.

[3] Source: This information from Oxford University Press is in the public domain.