This page is designed to guide your research. Here you will find suggestions on topics you may choose to research as well as links to websites with further information on those topics. You may choose a topic that is not on the list, but you must OK it with me before you begin to research it. No more than two (2) students may choose the same topic.
What if you...? What would your life be like?
were in Mexico City when the huge earthquake hit in 1985?
lived in Mexico during the reign of the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional)?
lived in Argentina when Juan Peron was president?
were Eva Peron?
lived in Chile when Augusto Pinochet was in power?
were on the plane with the Uruguayan soccer team when it crashed in the Andes?
lived in Cuba today?
lived in Cuba during the Bay of Pigs invasion?
were a Haitian refugee fleeing the troops of General Trujillo in the Dominican Republic?
were a member of the FARC in Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias Colombianas)?
grew coffee in Colombia?
were a bullfighter in Spain participating in the running of the bulls? (Corrida de Toros)
were a farmer in Spain? How does being a member of the European Union affect you?
were the president of Costa Rica?
were an ecologist in Costa Rica?
lived in Tierra del Fuego?
were Mexican immigrant living in the United States?
were Puerto Rican and wanted Puerto Rico to become an independent country?
were Puerto Rican and wanted Puerto Rico to become a full-fledged state?
were an indigenous person in Guatemala during the civil war?
lived in the shadow of an active volcano in El Salvador?
Mexico City Earthquake
MSN Encarta - http://encarta.msn.com/media_461543526_0_-1_1_56k/media.html
A video clip of the earthquake's devastation
General info about the earthquake; a good basic resource
The World Bank Group
Financial aspects of the earthquake.
The geological logistics of the quake; click on the link in this page called "earthquake basics" for more general info.
Partido Revolucionario Institucional
Encyclopedia.com - http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/I/InsR1P1M1ex.asp
The bare bones of the PRI
Country Studies -
A little bit of PRI history
More PRI history
Argentina and Juan Peron
The Effects of Peronism on Argentina - http://www.ccds.charlotte.nc.us/History/Americas/05/neale/
Good general overview of Peronism
More detailed information on Peronism
Eva Peron - http://www.evaperon.itgo.com/frames.html
Excellent source for biography, pictures, fact/fiction, etc.
Las Mujeres -
Eva: woman and myth; an interesting article about remembering Madonna or Eva
Eva Peron Foundation -
Detailed history and mission of la Fundacion Eva Peron.
Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusto_Pinochet
General biograph of Pinochet
Crimes of Augusto Pinochet -
Many links to information on the various crimes Pinochet is accused of; includes papers from Amnesty International
The Pinochet Page -
Excellent source for info on human rights issues, case against Pinochet, analysis, British connection, etc.
in the Andes
Alive: The Andes Survivors - http://members.aol.com/porkinsr6/alive.html
Extremely comprehensive site for information on the story of the plane crash and aftermath, including present info.
Alive: The Andes Plane Crash Story
Good, easy to read general story.
Good definition and overview of cannibalism
CIA World Factbook - http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/cu.html
Very reputable and accurate source for general country information
Up to date news from Cuba, available in English or Spanish
The Website of the Government of
the Republic of Cuba -
Official site of Cuba's government; information on domestic and foreign affairs as well as economic and social development
Castro's Effects on Life in Cuba
Short essay written about the effect of Castro's policies on Cuban life over the last 50 years
History of Cuba - http://www.historyofcuba.com/history/baypigs/pigs.htm
Excellent history of the Bay of Pigs invasion
Global Security -
Gives a little more information on the logistics of the operation
Fidel Castro and the Cuban
General overview of Castro's life and the Cuban Revolution
General Rafael Trujillo
The Dominican Dictator: Rafael Trujillo - http://www.jlhs.nhusd.k12.ca.us/classes/social_science/latin_america/dominican_Republic.html
Brief description of the rise to power and reign of Trujillo.
The River Massacre -
Describes one of many massacres that occurred at the Haitian border at the order of Trujillo
Human Rights Watch -
Reputable sight with a detailed account of life under Trujillo
Offical Page of the FARC - http://www.farcep.org/pagina_ingles/
Good links to history and mission of the group; be careful with this page- it is biased because the group maintains the site
Terrorist Group Profiles -
Profile of the FARC from an official US Navy website
Site is good for a chronology of attacks and documents related to the FARC.
Plantations in Colombia
Impacts of Coffee - http://www.cafeunidos.org/English/impacts.htm
Discusses environmental and social impacts of coffee
Juan Valdez -
Excellent resource for the history of Colombian coffee
Coffee Research -
Click on "coffee tour" to get a narrative on how coffee is grown and produced
Bullfighting in Spain
Andalucia - http://www.andalucia.com/
Excellent site about everything you want to know about bullfighting in Spain, especially Andalucia.
Ideal Spain -
Good overview of bullfighting; includes list of Spanish words related to bullfighting.
Running of the Bulls in Pamplona
Excellent site discussing the actual run, how to run, how to watch it, history,etc.
The Tellus Mission - http://www.ceja.educagri.fr/en/pays/espa.htm
Nice overview of agriculture in Spain.
Organic Europe -
Article written about organic farming in Spain; discusses modernizing farming in Spain (published by the EU)
Common Agricultural Policy of the
EU's description of the common agricultural policy that Spain must now follow.
Costa Rican Government
CIA World Factbook - http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/cs.html
Excellent source for an accurate, general overview of the Republic of Costa Rica.
US Department of State -
Another good source for a country overview as well as US/Costa Rica relations.
Inside Costa Rica -
Daily news in English from Costa Rica.
in Costa Rica
National Parks of Costa Rica - http://centralamerica.com/cr/parks/
Listing of all national parks in Costa Rica, including descriptions of them.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Maps, description, and information about the Cloud Forest and nearby Santa Elena Reserve.
Excellent place to see tropical birds, especially the famous quetzal.
Caribbean Conservation Corporation
History and information about Tortuguero National Park - site for viewing nesting sea turtles.
Official Site of Tierra del Fuego - http://www.tierradelfuego.org.ar/
Excellent source for info; click on English to get the page in English. Check out the webcam page.
Nice pictures, good travel and tourism info.
Tierra del Fuego -
Lots of pictures, short narratives to accompany them.
Mexican Immigration - http://memory.loc.gov/learn/features/immig/mexican.html
Excellent source for history of Mexican immigration, perceptions, misconceptions, becoming part of the US, etc.
Mexican Immigrants in the US Labor
Provides general info and statistics of Mexicans in the US workforce.
US Immigration Policy -
Overview of immigration policy and immigration law.
Puerto Rico - Independent Country?
Puerto Rico: we can stand on our own feet - http://www.independencia.net/ingles/ai_economy.html
Discusses economic aspects of becoming an independent nation.
What should be done with Puerto
Interesting article that discusses the issues facing Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican Independence Party
The Independence Party presents their point of view.
- 51st State?
Puerto Rico, USA: the Case for Statehood - http://www.foreignaffairs.org/19800901faessay8150/carlos-romero-barcelo/puerto-rico-u-s-a-the-case-for-statehood.html
Article from Foreign Affairs argues the case for statehood.
What is the difference between
commonwealth and state? -
A question answered through Yahoo!
Puerto Rico, USA -
An opinion article from the New York Times.
Guatemalan Human Rights Abuses
Human Rights Watch - http://www.hrw.org/wr2k3/americas6.html
Detailed overview of human rights issues in Guatemala.
The Massacres of Rabinal -
Account of human rights abuses in Rabinal.
Global Security -
Excellent history and account of the Guatemalan Civil War.
in El Salvador
How Volcanoes Work - http://www.geology.sdsu.edu/how_volcanoes_work/Home.html
Lots of links addressing all aspects of how volcanoes work.
USGS El Salvador Volcanoes -
Descriptions of all the volcanoes in El Salvador.
Advantages of Volcanoes -
Why volcanoes are good things.