heartland








noun

  1. the part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, especially a central land area relatively invulnerable to attack and capable of economic and political self-sufficiency.
  2. any central area, as of a state, nation, or continent: a vineyard in California’s heartland.

noun

  1. the central region of a country or continent
  2. the core or most vital areathe industrial heartland of England
n.

1904, first recorded in geo-political writings of English geographer H.J. MacKinder (1861-1947), from heart in figurative sense “center, core” + land (n.).

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