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Guns, Germs, and Steel


Determine if Jared Diamond's hypothesis about geography being the main determining factor in a nation's prosperity, power, and technological advancement.

Review how the plant or animal you are researching impacted U.S. advancement, and eventually helped the U.S. become a world power.

choose a plant or animal:











  • How did this plant/animal come to the U.S.?
  • How has this plant/animal had a positive impact on the U.S.?
  • What special conditions does this plant/animal require in order to thrive?
  • How did having this plant/animal help us gain wealth and power in the world?
  • What would/did happen if this plant/animal was no longer a resource ot the U.S.?
  • I what way have scientists used genetic engineering to change this plant/animal?
  • What role does the latitude and shape of the North American continent play in the success of cultivation this plant/animal?
  • Describe the growing/life cycle of this plant/animal and explain why our geography is important in this process.
  • In what ways did the cultivation of this plant/animal contribute to U.S. expansion and success as a world power? give examples.
  • Other interesting facts you learned about your plant/animal?

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