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North America is the third largest continent in the world. It has a measurement of 9,500,000 square miles with a total population of approximately 565,000,000 people.
See the fact file below for more information on the North America or alternatively, you can download our 26-page North America worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
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Etymology and Background
- The name of this continent was derived from the name of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci and was given by Martin Waldseemuller, a German cartographer, when he put the name “America” on the world map that he produced in 1507.
- In terms of languages, English is the most widely used throughout the continent. Other languages used in North America include French and Spanish.
- It is said that about 40,000 years ago, the first inhabitants of North America arrived and formed the first human population on the continent. This period is known as the Paleo-Indian Period.
- Colonialism is the main reason why Northern Americans speak English, Spanish, and French.
- This continent was known to the colonizers as the “New World” – they claimed a lot of territories on this continent. Because of this, many Native Americans opposed and fought for their lands, which resulted in many casualties of the natives, leading to a drastic decrease in their population.
- This continent is very large, stretching to the Arctic Circle and the Tropic of Cancer.
- Christianity is the most prevalent religion on the continent and makes up the biggest Christian population in the world, comprising of almost 75% of the whole continent.
- North America is also considered one of the richest continents in the world with a very low rate of unemployment and very high GDP per capita.
- The culture of the people in North America is based on their previous colonizers, such as British colonizers who made a great impact on the culture of the United States and Canada.
- On the other hand, portions of several countries that are close to the border of the United States are influenced by its culture too, such as Mexico.
- On this continent, there is a road that is interconnected with others that link the different states in North America. This highway is known as the “Pan-American Highway”.
- We can also find a lot of famous sports leagues on this continent, such as National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL).
- Avocado, blueberry, chile pepper, cotton, squash, sunflower, tobacco, tomato, and vanilla are the most common flora on this continent.
- African-Americans, Caucasians, and Mestizos are the three main races that can be found on this continent. There are other minorities that can also be found in North America, such as Asians and indigenous American groups.
- There are a lot of myths when it comes to the origin of the indigenous groups of North America.
- The United States is home to eight of the top ten metropolitan areas in the world. This includes New York City and Chicago.
- The continent is composed of three regions: the cultural, economic, and geographic regions.
- The continent is composed of Central America, Northern America, and The Caribbean.
- There are a lot of progressive civilizations that once inhabited this continent, such as the Mayan civilization which built a lot of ancient infrastructure, including pyramids, temples, and houses.
- In the 1960s, an archaeological excavation found that Norse settlements resided in the area, particularly in the Newfoundland area, which is said to date back to the end of 10th century.
- The Missouri River is the longest river in North America, flowing for 2,341 miles.
- The third largest lake in the world can be found on this continent. It is called Lake Superior and is shared by two countries, namely Canada and the United States.
- The driest and lowest point in the United States is Death Valley National Park which is located on the border of California and Nevada.
- The biggest city on the continent is Mexico City, which comprises of roughly 21,300,000 inhabitants.
- Almost half of the global supply of corn comes from this continent.
- Canada has the world’s longest coastline which has a measurement of 202,080 sq. kilometers.
- This continent is surrounded by the world’s biggest oceans: the Atlantic, the Arctic, and the Pacific Ocean.
- The third most isolated peak in the world is located on this continent, which is Mt. McKinley in Alaska.
- The continent is composed of deserts, grasslands, forests, and taigas.
- The second largest country in the world is also located on this continent, which is Canada.
- In the year 1922, the Wood Buffalo National Park was built in Alberta, Canada, and has a larger surface area than Switzerland.
- It is said that there are an approximate 7,000 islands in the Caribbean. However, most of them are still inhabited.
North America Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about North America across 26 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use North America worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the North America which is the third largest continent in the world. It has a measurement of 9,500,000 square miles with a total population of approximately 565,000,000 people.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- North America Facts
- Name the States
- Intelligent Civilizations
- All Capital
- City Population
- Religions in North America
- Natural Wonders of North America
- North American Currencies
- Solve the Scrambled Words
- The Agricultural Products
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