Human Geography of Europe

Human Geography of Europe

Mediterranean Europe SSWG6 d. Describe the various ethnic and religious groups in the region and the effect of geography on those groups and their major customs and traditions SSWG6c. Analyze the importance of Europes coastal location, climatic characteristics, and river systems regarding population, economic

development, and world influence. Two geographic advantages helped the Mediterranean become the region where European civilization was born 1. Mild climate made survival there easier

than in other areas 2. The Mediterranean Sea encouraged overseas trade Rome Greece Ancient Greece Since the region is mountainous, the

villages were isolated and developed into separate city-states The city-state of Athens developed the first democracy Government in which the people rule All free adult males were citizens and had the right to serve in the law-making assembly Direct Democracy

Ancient Greece cont. Lasting Legacy

Art-sculpture Architecture-columns, pediment, friezes Sports-Olympics Literature-tragedies and dramas Philosophy-Plato and Aristotle emphasized such qualities as wisdom, truth, courage, justice, and reason as ideal virtues. He thought these were rare in any person

Greece Ancient Rome Located on the Italian Peninsula, Rome united its people under one government Romes government was a republic-a government in which citizens elect representatives to rule in their name indirect democracy

Romes empire stretched from Great Britain to the Middle East Christianity spread across the empire and became Romes official religion in the late 300s The Western Roman empire collapsed in part because of German invaders Ancient Rome cont.

Lasting Legacy Architecture: perfected the dome and arch Engineering: extensive roads and bridges, aqueducts to carry water Religion: the spread of Christianity Language: Latin is the basis of all Romance languages

Spains Empire In the 700s, Muslims from North Africa conquered the Iberian Peninsula, they ruled for more than 1000 years Ferdinand and Isabella regained control of Spain in 1492 (kicked out the Muslims) Paid for Columbus first voyage to the

Americas Helped spread Catholicism and the Spanish and Portuguese languages

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