National Geographic Countries of the World: Peru

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Let the experts at National Geographic act as your guides to Peru, land of stunning beauty and endless contrast. Look and learn in wonder at the diversity of landscape within this surprising country: barren deserts, green oases, snowcapped peaks, high windswept plateaus, and deep valleys. Encounter the endless array of fauna and flora that thrives within these ecologically and climatically diverse regions: the animals and plants of the coastal regions, the offshore islands, the ...
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Overview

Let the experts at National Geographic act as your guides to Peru, land of stunning beauty and endless contrast. Look and learn in wonder at the diversity of landscape within this surprising country: barren deserts, green oases, snowcapped peaks, high windswept plateaus, and deep valleys. Encounter the endless array of fauna and flora that thrives within these ecologically and climatically diverse regions: the animals and plants of the coastal regions, the offshore islands, the coastal plains, and the sierra.

Learn of the country's rich yet divisive history; how Peru was once the center of a powerful and extensive empire ruled by the Inca. Peer over the shoulders of experts on Peruvian archaeological sites and examine the treasures that yield the secrets of the Inca, one of history's most advanced civilizations. Learn how the Spanish conquered Peru in the 16th century, coveting its rich resources of precious metals, and how centuries of colonization would later leave a powerful cultural stamp on this South American nation. Trace the course of Spanish rule, which ended in the early 19th century, and resulted in a divided society in which a wealthy elite of largely Spanish descent has long dominated Peru's larger population of Native American and mixed-race ethnicity. Meet the people of modern Peru and witness a fast-changing society, striving to adapt to the global trend towards large-scale urbanization, with city dwellers now making up 74 percent of a once mainly rural population.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426300318
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Series: Countries of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     4
Geography: From Desert to Jungle     7
At a Glance     8
What's the Weather Like?
Fast Facts
Average Temperature & Rainfall
Physical Map
Special Feature: The Desert with No Sunshine     11
Special Feature: The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca     12
Special Feature: A Long Way to Lima     14
Nature: A Diverse Natural World     14
At a Glance     18
Diverse Ecosystems
Species at Risk
Vegetation & Ecosystems Map
Special Feature: Cloud Forest     22
Special Feature: The Hot-Pink Dolphin     23
History: Empires and Ruins     25
At a Glance     26
Early Creatures
Time line
Historical Map
Special Feature: Mystery of the Tattooed Mummy     28
Special Feature: The Ice Maiden     30
Special Feature: Tupa Amaru     33
Special Feature: Money from Bird Droppings     34
People & Culture: Different Pasts, Shared Future     37
At a Glance     38
Rural & Urban Population
Common Peruvian Phrases
Population Map
Special Feature: National Holidays     40
Special Feature: A Hundred Colors of Corn     42
Special Feature: Machu Picchu     44
Government & Economy: On the ComebackTrail     47
At a Glance     48
Piles of Paperwork
Trading Partners
Political Map
Special Feature: How the Government Works     50
Special Feature: The Comeback Kid     51
Special Feature: The Rubber Boom     52
Special Feature Map: Agriculture     54
Special Feature Map: An Unwelcome Gift for Christmas     56
Add a Little Extra to Your Country Report!     58
Glossary     60
Bibliography     61
Further Information
Index     62
Credits     64
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