Geography of the World by DK Publishing

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This region is sparsely populated, but some small groups of sheep farmers live near Colorado and Negro rivers. They include a community of Welshspeakers whose ancestors settled in the region during the 1860s. Northern Patagonia is semidesert with some scrubby vegetation. The south is colder, drier, and bleaker, with very little plant life. 40 CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA D E F Gr s lle ti r A Mt. Pelée n A N L. Maracaibo I Gu a O Angel Falls re via G U I A N A HIG HL LE RA Or TA L ena L AN TIC CIRCL 3 E C E A 4 N DS RD 5 N po eg Amazon S PLATEAU OF MATO GROSSO S O C Para Pa ran DA A RA ER S E RT I Q U N MA C.

The cotton boll opens into a fluffy fiber ready for harvesting. Cotton is woven into fabric for shirts, pants, and towels, which are sold at home and abroad. 36 COTTON – FROM FIELD TO FABRIC In the mid-1800s, the southern states produced 80 percent of the world’s cotton and grew rich on the profits. Cotton was grown on huge plantations, then handpicked by black slaves who had been brought by force from Africa. Slavery was finally abolished in the US in 1865. Cotton is still an important crop, although modern machinery now does the hard work.

In summer, cowboys on horseback used to drive the cattle to fresh pastures; in winter, they herded them back to the ranch to be sold at auction for food. Hollywood movies turned cowboys into heroes, but life in the saddle was not easy. Pay was poor, and men often spent 15 hours a day on horseback in scorching heat or driving rain. Today, ranches are smaller and cowboys and horses may be ferried from ranch to pasture by truck and trailer. Leather cuffs A lasso is used to rope cattle. Chaps protect the rider from cattle horns.

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