New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_3069
A group of men, women, and children standing beside a house constructed of sun-dried brick and a thatched roof near Escuinapa, Mexico, 1904.
From looking at the photograph, what do you think the climate is like at this location?
Locate Escuinapa, Mexico, on a map. In what region of Mexico is it located?
Why do you think most of the people in the photograph are wearing light-colored clothing?
How is the clothing of the people in the photograph appropriate for the climate and landscape?
Compare the home in this photograph to the photograph captioned "Homes of Lower Income Mexicans, circa 1920s."
What is another name for the type of building material in the photograph? How did this method of building evolve, and in what areas of the world is it found? Why is this type of home appropriate for the areas in the world where it is found?
Math: Estimate the number of bricks used in the house in the photograph if about half of the house appears in the photograph.
Science: What type of vegetation are the people standing next to in the photograph? In what types of climate is this vegetation usually found? How is it suited to that climate?
Goodwin, William. Mexico (Modern Nations of the World). San Diego: Lucent, 1999.
Heinrichs, Ann. Mexico (A True Book). Danbury: Children's Press, 1997.
Jermyn, Leslie, and Mary-Jo Reilly. Mexico (Cultures of the World). New York: Benchmark, 2002.