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A palapa (a Spanish word of Mayan 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 on Mexican beaches, such as in Acapulco. It is perhaps one of the most important architectural contributions of West Mexican culture.
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 and Spanish East Indies trade/cultural exchange route.
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