Social Studies - 2018-19

WG.5 d - Cultural Influences and Landscapes of US and Canada

The student will analyze the characteristics of the regions of the United States and Canada by 

d) recognizing cultural influences and landscapes. 

Adopted: 2015


Theme: Cooperation & Conflict (Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, Region)

How has the abundance of natural resources shaped the development of the United States and Canada?


Europeans exerted the major cultural influences on the United States and Canada. 

Canada was initially settled primarily by the French and British. 

Western Europeans (from Britain, France, Spain, and Germany) settled in the United States. 

Every country has cultural landscapes that help define the national identity. 


Cultural influences 

  • Colonized by the Europeans 
  • Multicultural societies 
  • Increasingly diverse populations through immigration 
  • Canada’s struggle to maintain a national identity 
  • World’s longest unfortified border divides the United States and Canada 
  • Democratic forms of government 
  • Arts that reflect the cultural heritage of multicultural societies 
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 

Cultural landscape 

  • Parliament Hill 
  • CN Tower 
  • U.S. Capitol 
  • Golden Gate Bridge 
  • Washington Monument 
  • Rural, suburban, and urban landscapes 
  • Diverse ethnic settlements (urban neighborhoods) 
  • Bilingual signs 
  • Influence of the automobile (e.g., gas stations, motels, interstate highways, drive-up services)


Updated: Jun 13, 2018