en es
  • North America

Photo: TRphotos/Shutterstock



The general consensus concludes that “The Americas” were named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. German mapmakers Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann named it this when it was determined that Vespucci was the first European to suggest that the Americas were a landmass not previously known to Europeans.

North America is a continent contained entirely within the northern and western hemispheres. It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, the east by the Atlantic Ocean, the south and southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean. Covering an area of approximately 9.5 million square miles, it contains about 5% of the planet’s surface and about 16% of the planets land area.

Countries and states comprising North America include: Bermuda, Canada, Greenland, Mexico, St Pierre and Miquelon, United States, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Navassa Island, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

Featured Countries

North America

United States

North America


North America




Latest Articles

The 7 best airport lounges in the US

The 7 best NYC breweries to hide out in this winter

Is your city pricing you out? Here’s what life could be like in America’s most affordable city

6 free or inexpensive things to do in Chicago this winter

North Carolina is divided by two barbecue styles — but this is the best one

The 10 most pet-friendly airports in the US

The 11 coolest Art Deco buildings in Miami

National parks will be completely free on these five days in 2019

The Budweiser Clydesdales are parading through Manhattan with beer today

Wawa is releasing its own beer and it tastes like Christmas

7 classic Philly foods and drinks for the holiday season

The best place to go wine tasting in all 50 states

8 rites of passage all Wisconsinites go through


7 reasons you NEED to experience Whistler’s epic mountain culture

8 free or inexpensive things to do in NYC this winter

Why we need to stop calling Philly’s food scene ‘up and coming’

Load More
We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. For more information on how we use cookies consult our revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Disable Cookies I accept