North America is inspirational. North America is in the Northern Hemisphere and almost all of it is also in the Western Hemisphere. To the north is the Arctic Ocean, to the east is the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south is the Pacific Ocean, and to the south and southeast is South America and the Caribbean Sea. North America covers almost 5 percent of Earth’s total surface. It is the third largest continent by area and the fourth by population. A recent population estimate was close to 565 million people.
Human populations are thought to have reached North America are thought to have reached North America during the last glacial period. There are discrepancies in the history, however it is clear that European colonists, indigenous peoples, African slaves and their descendants interacted creating various cultural and ethnic patterns. The history of colonialism has led to populations speaking English, Spanish, and French for the most part.
There are 23 countries in North America. Anglo-America and Latin America are the main regions. In the south is Central America and the Caribbean. Many refer to Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Greenland as North America. The term Middle America groups together regions of Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
The geography is highlighted by the Great Basin, Appalachian Mountains, plateaus, cordilleras, the Rocky Mountains, deserts, and forests. The Great Lakes, other freshwater lakes, the Great Salt Lake, and rivers are notable as well. Climate ranges from tundra, temperate, Mediterranean, continental-humid, subtropical, and steppe/desert.
Canada and the United States are the most developed and wealthiest countries in North America. Christianity is the largest religion. Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims are prominent as well. The largest cities are Mexico City and New York City. There are many large commercial, economic, and cultural cities. There are places to visit for their landscape and others for landmarks and cultural activities.
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