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North America

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.

North America Articles
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18 natural wonders of the US that will inspire your next road trip

by Hal Amen
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15 American habits I lost when I moved to Australia

by Kellie Donnelly
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The 26 funniest Southern expressions (and how to use them)

by Shannon Dell

14+ of the best family friendly activities in San Francisco

by Matador Staff

9 amazing landmarks you probably had no idea were in Arizona

by Joseph Cyr
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11+ epic hiking trails in Hawaii

by Matador Staff
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The best 13+ parks to visit in Toronto

by Matador Staff
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12+ of the best family friendly activities in Los Angeles

by Matador Staff

7+ spots that prove Puebla, Mexico, is as incredible as you think it is

by Martina Žoldoš
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16+ best nightlife spots in Montreal

by Matador Staff

12 food experiences to have in Arizona before you die

by Wynter Holden
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21+ of the best beaches in Hawaii

by Matador Staff
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11 things about Virginia Beach that are pushing it to the next level

by Alison Clary
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17+ of the best family friendly activities in New York

by Matador Staff
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12 of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh

by Tyler McCloskey

The 10 best beaches in Oregon

by Henry Miller
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9 awesome experiences to have in Arizona before you die

by Joseph Cyr
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