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Interpreting the Evidence

Calle Muelle, Tampico, Mexico, 1923

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Era:

    Turn of the Century and WWI (1890 - 1930)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Upper Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
    College University

  • Topics:

    Global History and Geography

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  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
Calle Muelle, one of the main business streets in Tampico, Mexico, 1923.
Historical Context
The city of Tampico in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, is located on the Panuco River near the Gulf of Mexico.  The city began as a Franciscan monastery built around 1532 on the ruins of an Aztec village.  Today, the city is an important port, especially for exporting Mexico’s most valuable natural resource, oil, which is produced in the region.
Essential Question
How does culture influence the economy of a society?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and determine the influence of culture on the economy.
Historical Challenges
How has the oil industry changed the city of Tampico?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: Using the scale on a map, is Tampico closer to San Antonio or to the Pacific Ocean? How much closer?
Science: How is oil made? Why is so much oil found in the ground near Tampico? How do people find the oil if it is underground? How is the oil taken from the ground?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to the city of Tampico asking for information about the city.