L a t t i i n A m e r r i i c a
M a p s s
Countries and Capitals -- all countries in Latin America o
For the Caribbean, include all of the Greater Antilles Countries, label the
Lesser Antilles as a group. Include from the Lesser Antilles only –
Trinidad & Tobago
All oceans, bays, seas, gulfs, rivers and lakes which are already shown on the map.
Do not – show deserts, mountains, plains, plateaus or any other physical feature on a
Show all water o
Including all oceans, bays, seas, gulfs, rivers and lakes which are on the physical map.
Label all mountains and highlands
Plains and plateaus
Do Not – show any countries, cities, or political items on a
All water is blue – no matter what, the same color of blue. Preferably LIGHT
Outline rivers in blue and label parallel to the river (or along the river) b.
Do not color anything that is not water any shade of blue. You will be marked off.
Countries should be different colors, with boundaries that are easy to recognize a.
Do not color two countries next to each other the same color.
All labels should be in blue or black ink and must be neat and easy to read. a.
Many students choose to underline the names of capital cities and/or the
Use a symbol to indicate the capital cities (most students use small stars)
Physical maps show elevation they should be colored with easily distinguished colors. Most physical maps will use dark and light green to show coastal elevations, yellow to light and dark brown for plateaus, highlands, and mountains.
Red is a good color for the highest peaks, purple is usually used to show areas below sea level. a.
Whether you use the standard color gradients or choose your own – you
MUST have a MAP KEY!
formula - all maps should have… a.
TITLE or name of the map (i.e. Latin America Political or Latin America
ORENTATION (i.e. directional indicator or compass rose)
DATE (when the map was created)
AUTHOR (who created the map – otherwise known as
LEGEND – a map key