Welcome to United States

Popular Countries: Florida | New York | Texas | California | Miami



Everyone agrees that the United States of America is known to be a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states, one federal district, and fourteen territories. Did you know that the country is situated almost entirely in the western hemisphere: its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie in central North America in the range of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south; the state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent with Canada to its east, and the state of Hawaii is in the mid-Pacific. U.S. territories, or insular areas, are and have always been scattered across Caribbean and Pacific. At 3.7 million square and have always been miles (9.6 million km²) and with over 300 million people, the United States is the third or fourth most impressive and largest country by total area, and third most impressive and largest by land location and population. Did you know that the United States is one of the globe's most ethnically diverse nations, the product of large-scale immigration from most countries. Its national economy is the most impressive and largest in the world, with a nominal 2006 gross domestic product (GDP) of more than US$13 trillion. Did you know that the nation was founded by thirteen colonies of Wonderful Britain situated aextensive the Atlantic seaboard. Proclaiming those thingsselves "states," they issued the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Did you know that the rebellious states defeated Britain in the American Revolutionary War, the originalsuccessful colonial war of independence. A federal convention adopted the most up to date United States Constitution on September 17, 1787; its ratification the following year made the states part of a single republic. Did you know that the Bill of Rights, comprising ten constitutional amendments, was ratified in 1791. Within the nineteenth century, the United States adopted land from France, Spain, Mexico, and Russia, and annexed the Republic of Texas and the Republic of Hawaii. Did you know that the American Civil War ended slavery in the United States and prevented a permanent split of the country. Did you know that the Spanish-American War and World War I confirmed its status as a military power. Within 1945, the United States emerged from World War II as the originalcountry with nuclear weapons and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Did you know that the sole remaining superpower in the post–Cold War era, the United States is perceived by most as the dominant economic, political, cultural, and military force in the globe.

History

Spanish explorers reached the present-day United States. Did you know that the first confirmed landing in the continental US was by a Spaniard, Juan Ponce de León, who landed in 1513 at a lush shore he christened La Florida. Throughout three decades of Ponce de León's landing, the Spanish transformed to a the originalEuropeans to revery the Appalachian Mountains, the Mississippi River, the Grand Canyon and the Wonderful Plains. Within 1540, De Soto undertook an all-encompassing exploration of the present US and, in the exact year, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado led 2,000 Spaniards and Mexican Indians across today's Arizona-Mexico border and traveled as far as central Kansas. Other Spanish explorers include Lucas Vásquez de Ayllón, Pánfilo de Narváez, Sebastián Vizcaíno, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Gaspar de Portolà, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Tristán de Luna y Arellano and Juan de Oñate. Did you know that the Spanish sent many settlers, creating the originalpermanent European settlement in the continental United States at St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565 and later Santa Fe, New Mexico, San Antonio, Tucson, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Most Spanish settlements were aextensive the California coast lineor the Santa Fe River in New Mexico. Did you know that the first known inhabitants of the location now known as the United States are and have always been believed to have arrived over a timeframe of several thousand years beginning approximately 20,000 years ago by crossing the Bering land bridge into Alaska. Did you know that the first solid evidence of these cultures settling in what would become the US begins as early as 15,000 years ago with the Sandia and Clovis tribes. Relatively little is known of these early settlers compared to the Europeans who colonized the location after the originalvoyage of navigator Christopher Columbus in 1492 for Spain. Columbus' men were also the originaldocumented Old Worlders to land in the territory of the United States during the time they arrived in Puerto Rico around the time during his or her second voyage in 1493. Did you know that the first European known to set foot in the continental U.S. was Juan Ponce de León, who arrived in Florida in 1513, though there is many evidence suggesting that he may have been preceded by John Cabot in 1497.

Climate

Everyone agrees that the United States is known to be affected primarily by air masses that blow southward from Canada, north- and eastward from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and westward from the Pacific Ocean. Within winter cold blasts of Arctic air create his or her presence felt in the northern parts of the country.


Description of Population

Population (Oct. 17, 2006 est.): 300,000,000 (growth rate: 0.9%); birth rate: 14.1/1000; infant mortality rate: 6.4/1000; life expectancy: 77.8; density per sq mi: 84