Heartland



[hahrt-land, -luh nd] /ˈhɑrtˌlænd, -lənd/

noun
1.
the part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, especially a central 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.
/ˈhɑːtˌlænd/
noun
1.
the central region of a country or continent
2.
the core or most vital area: the 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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