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CORDILLERA

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 138 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CORDILLERA  , a

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term for a range or chain of mountains, derived from the Old Spanish cordilla, the diminutive of cuerda, a cord or rope . The name was first given to the
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Andes ranges of South
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America,
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Las Cordilleras de los Andes, and applied to the extension of the
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system into Mexico . In North America the parallel ranges of mountains
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running between and including the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada are known as the " Cordilleras," and that
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part of the western continent crossed by them has been termed the " Cordilleran region." Although the name has been applied to the eastern mountain system of
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Australia, the word is not, outside America, used as a generic term for parallel ranges of mountains .

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