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  The tributary (or catchment) area of a port, from which materials for export are collected and through which imports are distributed: its complementary area — connected to the port by ship — is termed the foreland. In more general usage, the term refers to the sphere of influence of any settlement (or of an establishment within a settlement): it is the area for which the settlement is the trading nexus (as in the hexagonal hinterlands of central place theory). (RJJ)  



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