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A palapa (a Spanish word of Malayan origin, meaning "pulpous leaf") is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves. It is very useful in hot weather and, therefore, very common in Mexican beaches, such as in Acapulco. It is perhaps one of the most important architectural contributions of Philippine culture to Mexican West cultures.
Palapas are also common in Honduras and other Central American countries.
- Chickee - the Creek/Seminole word to describe an open dwelling with a palm thatched roof frequently constructed by Florida's Indians.
- Manilla Galleons — Spanish Colonial Mexico & Spanish East Indies trade/cultural exchange route.
- A picture of a palapa on Utila Honduras
- See the construction:Apex - Frame with dried palm leaves
- A picture of a Palapa house
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