Southwestern United States
1. Southwestern United States
2. The Southwest is made up of four large states including Arizona,New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. One state, Texas, is bigger than the entire Northwest region. The Southwest is an arid region full of sagebrush, cactus, and dry dusty land. Despite this harshenvironment, Native Americans has lived here
for thousands years …..
3. GeographyDeserts make up a large part of the
Southwest. Deserts are hot and dry. In
many places the sand dunes stretch for
miles and miles. Often months will pass
without any rain at all. Many plants have
evolved to survive in this harsh climate
and spring in the desert is a colorful
time. Even the cactus bloom in the
features found anywhere in the world is
located in the Southwest –
The Grand Canyon.
Canyon is almost a mile deep! It was carved through the
desert by the Colorado River over millions of years. Now
the Colorado River flows along the canyon’s floor and
many people visit the Grand Canyon. They enjoy rafting
on the river and hiking the trails along the canyon.
7. CultureMany people from Mexico live in the Southwest. They moved to the
region when it was still part of Mexico and continued to immigrate
to the region when it became part of the United States. Originally,
many came to look for gold. Others wanted to find land and jobs.
The Mexicans brought their culture with them including their style
of art, architecture, music and clothes. These things are still an
important part of the Southwestern culture today.
to some big cities too! These include Phoenix, the capital of
Arizona, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Albuquerque, NM. The
reason many people move to these cities is for the sunny
weather and warm climate.