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Interpreting the Evidence

Water Wagon Drawn by Three Mules, Mexico, 1928

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  • Historical Eras:

    Turn of the Century and WWI (1890 - 1930)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Lower Elementary
    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
A water wagon drawn by three mules in a Mexican village, January 1928.
Historical Context
Mexico is often thought of as a hot, dry country.  While it is true that much of Mexico lacks enough precipitation during at least part of the year, the climate in Mexico ranges from the extreme temperatures of the northern deserts to tropical rainforest in the south.  Mexico also has a diverse landscape.  While much of the population lives in the large central plateau, the country also has high mountains, volcanoes, and spectacular beaches, as well as desert and tropical rainforest.
Essential Question
How does geography influence culture and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the role of geography in the development of culture and economy.
Historical Challenges
Research ways humans have transported water throughout history. Create a poster or collage showing some of these methods.
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: If a milk jug holds about one gallon, estimate how many gallons of water could fit into the barrel in the photograph. Convert your answer into liters.
Science: What force/s cause the water to come out of the barrel?
Science: How is irrigation used in Mexico?