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- Back in the 1500s, the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León landed on the coast of Florida and Spain established the first European colony in North America.
- In 1700s, Britain gained control of the territories on the east of the Mississippi River.
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- The motto displayed on the Great Seal of the USA is “E pluribus unum”, which means “Out of many, one.”
- The USA has no official language.
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- The northernmost point of the USA is Point Barrow in Alaska and the southernmost point is Ka Lae in Hawaii.
- The USA is divided into nine time zones.
- The total area of the USA is 9,857,306 sq. km, making it the third largest country in the world.
- The major rivers of the country are the Colorado, Columbia, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Rio Grande, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Snake River, and the Yellowstone.
- More than 800 rivers crisscross the Continental U.S. This map shows some of the longest rivers in the US.
- The Mississippi River combines with the Missouri River to form the fourth longest river system in the world.
- Of the five great lakes, Lake Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario are shared by the USA and Canada and only Michigan lies entirely in the USA.
- The highest point in the USA is Mount McKinley in Alaska, which is 6,194 meters high. The lowest point is the Death Valley in California which lies 86 meters below sea level.
- The USA has more diverse ecosystems than any other nation in the world.
- Iconic flora of the USA includes the Prairie grass, the Giant Redwood of California and the Giant Saguaro cacti in the US deserts.
- Alaska's coastline is longer than the coastlines of all other states combined.
- The USA has 59 officially-designated National Parks spread over the 50 states. Here is a list of US National Parks.
In general terms, there are four seasons in the US – spring (April to June), summer (July to September), fall (October to December), and winter (January to March).
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Education and Health
- Public education is free and available to all students. Apart from public schools, private schools and home schools are two other options for schooling in the United States.
- Some of the American colleges and universities consistently rank among the top 20 in the world. Here is a list of Top Universities in USA.
- The literacy rate in the US is 99%.
- The life expectancy at birth is 78.7 years. However, it is not in the list of Top 10 Countries with Highest Life Expectancy.
US Travel and Tourism
- The USA receives around seven million international visitors every year.
- Some of the most visited cities in the USA are New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Honolulu, Boston, Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
- Some of the favorite destinations for domestic American tourists were the US Virgin Islands, Hudson River Valley, Four Corners Region, California Gold Country, and Yellowstone National Park.
- The most visited tourist spots include the Times Square, the Las Vegas Strip, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Niagara Falls, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and Navy Pier.
- The state of Kentucky has the longest cave system in the world.
- The Universal Studio and Disneyland are among the best Theme Parks in the US
- Abraham Lincoln – the sixteenth American President
- Benjamin Franklin – a diplomat, inventor and scientist
- Bill Gates – founder of Microsoft Corporation and a philanthropist
- Bob Dylan – a singer and songwriter
- Ernest Hemingway – an author
- George Washington – a General and the first American President
- Henry Ford – an industrialist and philanthropist
- Martin Luther King – a civil rights leader
- Thomas Edison – an inventor extraordinaire
- Warren Buffet – a business magnate, investor and philanthropist
The list doesn't end here. Have a look at the other famous Americans who are remembered around the world.
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