Cultural Analysis of Peru

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Cultural Analysis of Peru Peru is a Country in central South America bounded on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil and Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The climate of Peru varies widely, ranging from tropical in the mountain to arctic in the highest mountains of the Andes. Average temperature decrease about 1.7 Celsius (about 7 Fahrenheit degrees) the peaks are permanently covered by snow and ice. The area of Peru, including several offshore islands, is 1,285,216 sq km (496,225 sq mi), making it third in size (after Brazil and Argentina) of South America countries. Lima is the country’s capital and chief commercial center. The population of Peru is 27 million. Lima is the capital and has a population of 8 million. Its highlands account for 36 percent of the remainder. The primary resources of Peru include petroleum, found on the northwestern coast and in the Amazon Basin; cooper in northwestern Peru; and substantial deposit of silver, iron, ore, gold, lead, and zinc throughout the cordilleras. Also important are the forest, specially the stands of cedars, oak, and mahogany. About 35 percent of Peru's working population is engaged in farming. Most of the coastal area is devoted to the raising of export crops; on the Montaña and the sierra are mainly grown crops for local consumption. Many farms in Peru are very small and are used to produce subsistence crops; the country also has large cooperative farms. The chief agricultural products, together with the approximate annual yield (in metric tons) in the late 1980s, were sugarcane (6.2million), potatoes (2 million), rice (1.1 million), corn (880,000), seed cotton(280,000), coffee (103,000), and wheat (134,000). Peru is the world's leading grower of coca, from which the drug cocaine is refined. Peru’s population is ethnically diverse. About 45 percent is

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