About Map of AmericasThe map encompasses both American continents as they make up most of the western hemisphere. North America with its 16.5% of the earth’s total land divided into 23 countries, as well as South America being fourth continent by size with 12 countries.
This map shows the longest north-to-south landmass in the world, as well as all the countries with their respective Capitals. Everything from the arctic tundra in the north, to the furthest point in the south. It also includes Greenland as the largest island in the world and the mountain ranges such as the Andes and the Rockies. The rivers are not sparse, or forgotten as well. You can see Mississippi and the Amazon both along with many others.
History of the AmericasThe Americas have been inhibited for almost 20,000 years. It is believed that the earlier inhabitants had come from the Asian continent as a result of the Ice Age. Large-scale European colonization of the Americas started with the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Thereafter many other European travelers visited the continent.
This all led to a mixing of cultures and rising of new ones, along with new civilizations and states. This is how the massive emigration from Europe began. The Spanish took over the southwestern USA, Florida and Caribbean while England took the eastern coast of USA, the North Pacific coast and Canada. France established its colonies in Quebec and most of eastern Canada; Netherlands settled in New York and some parts of North-south America.
This is how their respective languages spread across the continents with 376 million Spanish speakers today, 348 million English ones, 201 million Portuguese speakers and so on. However, despite the almost equal diversity in languages, Christianity is the most popular religion in almost all the continents.
Geography of AmericasIncluding the information shared further up, there are some more things you need to remember and know about the Americas, both North and South, and what’s in between.
The southernmost point is the Islands of Southern Thule, sometimes considered as part of the Antarctica, and the northernmost point is the island of Kaffeklubben, at the same time considered to be the northernmost point of the entire world.
The mountain range called the Andes spread along the west coast of South America and the Rocky Mountains along the west coast of North America. The Appalachian take over the east coast of North America and the eastern coast of Canada under a different name.
The climate varies depending on the region we are referring to. From Tropical rainforest climate in the Amazon and snow capes in the mountain regions.
There are many tornadoes and hurricanes popular to happen in the south and southeast of the North America. They are mostly formed of collision of weather systems, such as dry and cool air from Canada colliding with wet and warm air from the Atlantic.
The total population sums up to 951 million people out of which, 565 million reside in the North and 386 million in the South America.
Countries and their CapitalsHere is a full list of the countries that this map covers along with their Capitals :
|Antigua and Barbuda||Saint John's|
|Costa Rica||San Jose|
|Dominican Republic||Santo Domingo|
|El Salvador||San Salvador|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Basseterre|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Kingstown|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Port of Spain|
|United States of America||Washington, D.C.|
|Bolivia||La Paz (administrative), Sucre (judicial)|
Major Cities and Travel Destinations in the AmericasSome of the biggest cities in the Americas are: Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas–Fort Worth, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Bogotá.
However, there are more travel destinations than these major cities. Some of them are: Galapagos Islands, Rio de Janeiro, Cusco, Costa Rica, Argentine Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Panama City, Belize, Santiago in the South and Central America and Canyon Lands, Sima de las Cotorras, Horseshoe Bend, Athabasca Glacier, Crowsnest Pass, Upper Antelope Canyon, Tamul Falls and so much more throughout the North America.
Economy of the AmericasBoth of them together have a total GDP of US$20.971 trillion and a 3% growth per capita, which makes about US$21,989 trillion approximate GDP per capita and an unemployment of 10%.
- The largest country in South America is Brazil compared to the smallest one named Suriname that’s 50 times smaller than Brazil.
- 150 different languages are spoken in Brazil only.
- Both Americas got their names from the Italian explorer named Amerigo Vespucci that realized that the Americas are a separated continent from the Asias.
- Most spoken languages in North America are Spanish, French, and English.
- The first Native Americans are believed to have migrated there from the Asian continent.
Last Updated on: April 20, 2017