The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking. Alaska is the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state. 11 states have land farther south than the most northern point of Mexico.
Key cities in the United States include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Miami, Las Vegas, and San Diego.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
The history of the United States, a country in North America, began with the arrival of Indigenous people from Siberia before 15,000 BC. Numerous cultures formed, and many disappeared before 1500. The arrival of Christopher Columbus in the year 1492 started the European colonization of the Americas. U.S. culture has also been shaped by the cultures of Native Americans, Latin Americans, Africans and Asians. The United States is sometimes described as a “melting pot” in which different cultures have contributed their own distinct “flavors” to American culture.
Brief Country History
The first Europeans to establish colonies in North America were the Spanish. In 1526 a Spaniard called Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon attempted to found a colony in Carolina. (He also brought the first black slaves to North America). However, the attempt failed. Many Spaniards died of disease and the survivors abandoned the colony. In 1565 Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded a settlement at St Augustine, Florida, the first permanent European settlement in what is now the USA. The first English attempt to colonize North America was made by a man named Sir Humphrey Gilbert. In 1578 Queen Elizabeth granted him permission to establish a colony there. In 1583 Gilbert sailed with a small fleet of ships to Newfoundland. However, Gilbert soon abandoned the venture. Gilbert was lost on the voyage home. However, his half-brother, Walter Raleigh made another attempt to found a colony. In 1584 he sent two ships to explore the coast. They found what they thought was a suitable place for a colony. In January 1585 Queen Elizabeth the ‘Virgin Queen’ allowed him to call the place Virginia, after her. In April 1585 an expedition was sent led by Richard Grenville. They arrived in July 1585. Grenville left men on Roanoke Island then left for England to obtain more men and supplies. However, while he was gone the colonists ran very short of supplies. In 1586 the colonists abandoned Virginia and returned to England. In 1587 another attempt to found a colony was made by a man named John White. He led an expedition of men, women, and children to Virginia. However White returned to England to seek more support for the colony. Because of a war between England and Spain he was unable to return to Virginia until 1590. When he found the colony, it was deserted. The fate of the colonists is unknown.
In the 21st century, the population of the USA continued to grow rapidly, partly due to immigration. In 2018 the population of the USA was 328 million. The USA suffered a recession in 2008-2009 but soon recovered. Afterward, its economy grew steadily. Meanwhile, in 2008 Barack Obama was elected the first African American president. Today the USA is still the most powerful country in the world.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
Following English, the most spoken languages in the United States are Spanish, Chinese, French, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Important Types of Commerce in the United States
The United States is a world economic powerhouse with the largest nominal GDP in the world, valued at 18.46 trillion dollars which translates to 22% of the world’s nominal GDP. The economy of the United States is divided into three broad categories including the service sector, the manufacturing sector, and the agricultural sector.
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