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Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will define colonial settlement and urban expansion, as well as urban decentralization and urban expansion.

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Terms to Know
Colonial Settlement

Occurs when colonial powers establish a community in a territory they have occupied.


An extensive metropolitan area containing numerous cities and suburbs.

Metropolitan Era

Refers to the time period from 1860-1950 when urbanization expanded in the United States due to historical circumstances and industrialization.

Urban Decentralization

Social movement of people away from city centers to the suburbs.

Urban Expansion

The growth of urban areas to cover more geographical area.