US Cities

US Cities

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.

  • Megalopolis

    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.