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The United States of America (US) is a world in itself considering its diversity. Comprises 50 states and a federal district apart from some territories in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Its 48 states form a contiguous landform located in central North America whereas Hawaii is located in the Pacific and Alaska in the northwest part of North America. The USA remains one of the leading nations in the world in terms of economic output and its influence over the world events.

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About the US Map : The United States of America is the world's leading economy with a GDP of $15.09 trillion (2011). The country is also a very significant political and cultural influencer and dominates international relations. The country is now a federal union of 50 states and the federal district, Washington DC. Spanning over an area of 3.79 million square miles, the US is home to an incredible diversity in terms of the landforms, the flora and fauna, the people, and their culture and lifestyles. In the Map of USA you will find the international and state boundaries, country capital, important cities and airports, major roads, rivers and ports, and major points of tourist interest. The Map of USA points out the best-loved tourist attractions such as the Olympic National Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Dinosaur National Monument, Statue of Liberty, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. The map is also a great guide to spotting the major national parks at a glance - it features the Redwood National Forest, Yosemite National Park, Yellow Stone National Park, and the Everglades National Park.

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History of US
Native Americans probably migrated to the region from Asia up to 40,000 years ago. These indigenous people of the Americas lived in tribes, and were typically nomadic throughout most of their history. European explorers arrived in the late 1400s, most famously Christopher Columbus, who reached the Caribbean islands in 1492.

Juan Ponce de Leon followed shortly after that, arriving in what is now Florida, as the first known European to reach the main continent. The Spanish began to establish colonies in Florida and throughout the Southwest and Mexico, followed by the French, and finally the English. The Virginia Colony in Jamestown, settled in 1607, was the first permanent English colony in the New World. Once the Massachusetts Bay Colony was chartered in 1628, many English settlers flocked to the new world.

Settlers from the Netherlands set up the New Amsterdam colony in what would later become New York, but soon gave up their territory to England. France established colonies in what is now Canada and the Louisiana Territory, which makes up a large portion of modern-day United States.

Thirteen British colonies were established along the Atlantic Coast by the early eighteenth century. Throughout this, the indigenous people were exposed to the diseases of Europe, which they had never built up immunities to, and were pushed out of their lands progressively farther westward over time.

The French and Indian War, part of the Seven Years' War that took place from 1756 to 1763, was a territorial battle between the British and French colonies in North America. The war resulted in Spain ceding the Florida territory to Britain, and France ceding its territory in Canada to Britain and the Louisiana region to Spain.

The British Crown, in an effort to regain some of the money lost fighting the war, began collecting taxes from the colonists. Since the colonists did not have representation in British Parliament, they felt the taxation was unjust. These factors led to the American Revolutionary War, which broke out in 1775 and ended in 1783. The war was fought in many battles throughout the thirteen colonies, and resulted in the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on July 4, 1776. The system of government was based on the Articles of Confederation, followed by the Bill of Rights.

The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 nearly doubled the size of the United States, and was followed by battles with Spanish colonists to claim Florida for the United States in 1819. Over the rest of the century, the United States continued to expand across the continent, with the annexation of Texas, the Oregon Territory, California, and the Southwest.

Slaves had been brought into the United States since colonial times, but slavery did not spread to each of these new territories. The tensions between slave states and free states built up, leading to the Civil War from 1861 to 1865, in which the southern slave states ceded from the Union, creating the Confederacy. The Confederacy lost the Civil War, and rejoined the Union, and the slaves were freed, though still segregated in the South for years to follow.

The United States remained neutral at the start of World War I in 1914, but entered the war on the side of the Allies in 1917. During World War II, after an attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States joined the Allies once again.

Geography
The United States is situated in North America, between Canada and Mexico. The United States borders the Pacific Ocean along its western coast, and the Atlantic Ocean along its eastern coast. Southeastern United States sits along the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska is located next to the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea.

From its many miles of coastlines with their sandy beaches, the tropical Hawaiian Islands, to its mountain ranges like the Rockies and the Appalachians, the United States has a wide variety of terrains. Major rivers in the United States include the Mississippi River that traverses the country, and combined with the Missouri River, form a the fourth longest river system in the world.

Politics
The government system of the United States is a federation that is a union of states with a degree of autonomy that are united by a centralized government. At the federal level, the government is divided into three branches: the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. A bicameral Congress is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives is made up of representatives from each of the states: each state has two senators, and the number of representatives in the House from each state is proportionate to the state's population.

The United States is further divided into fifty states and one federal district, Washington DC (District of Colombia). The states are governed by an elected governor, and are further divided into counties and cities. The states enjoy a bit of autonomy, and are able to make laws on issues not covered in the Constitution, have their own court system, and representatives.

Travel Attractions in US
The United States is a diverse and multicultural nation, with endless options for travelers. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago are a few of the biggest cities in the United States, are filled with attractions. The Grand Canyon and the many U.S. National Parks are popular destinations for family vacations. World famous theme parks like Disneyland and Disney World in California and Florida are just a few of the many attractions offered in the United States.

Education System in US
The education system of the United States is managed by the government at each level: federal, state, and locally through school districts. Public education is free and available to all students, and school attendance is compulsory from the age of five to somewhere between fourteen and eighteen, depending on the state. Aside from public schools, private schools and home schools are two other options for schooling in the United States.

Education begins with kindergarten at age five, though preschool beforehand is an option. After kindergarten, students progresses to grades one through twelve. Elementary education normally ranges from first grade through fifth or sixth grade. Middle school or junior high is typically from sixth or seventh grade through eighth. High school is from ninth grade to twelfth, with graduation around age 17 or 18.

After completing high school, students can continue to college to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree. Institutions of higher education can be public or private, but most have tuition fees. Scholarships and financial aid are often available. The United States has a community college system, which offers two-year degrees called associate's degrees. Community colleges are located in many cities, and receive public funds to make college more affordable. Once completing an associate's degree, students at community colleges can then transfer to a four-year college if desired.

After attaining a bachelor's degree, students can continue to graduate or professional school to earn a master's degree, doctorate degree, or other professional degree.

US Trivia
Alaska's coastline is longer than the coastlines of all other states combined.
The United States has no official language.
The state of Kentucky has the largest cave system in the world.
One of the mottoes of the United States is E pluribus unum, meaning “Out of many, one.”
The United States acquired Alaska from Russia in year 1867.

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Last Updated on : Sept, 17 2014

The largest economy of the world with a GDP of $15.1 trillion, the United States of America is the third largest country by land area and population. USA comprises 50 states and a federal district. The capital city of the country is Washington DC Some of the major cities in the United States of America are New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, Las Vegas, Boston, and Atlanta.
USA Flag
The official flag was adopted on July 4, 1960. The flag of United States consists of thirteen horizontal red and white stripes and 50 stars in a blue rectangle.
Official Name The United States of America
ContinentNorth America
Lat Long38.883333, -77.016667
CapitalWashington DC
Largest CityNew York City
Major ReligionChristians
National dayJuly 4, 1776 (Independence Day)
Form of GovernmentFederal Constitutional Republic
PresidentBarack Obama
Vice PresidentJoe Biden
CurrencyUS Dollar
GDP$15.094 trillion
Calling code1
Time Zone(UTC-5 to -10)
Internet TLD.us .gov .mil .edu

USA News and Updates

Hubble captures 'ghost light' from dead galaxies
Washington, Oct 31 (IANS)
NASA's Hubble telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago.(Source:IANS)

October 31, 2014 12:30 AM (PST)

US 'deeply concerned' about Burkina Faso situation
Washington, Oct 30 (IANS)
The US is "deeply concerned" about the deteriorating situation in Burkina Faso resulting from efforts to amend the constitution, the White House said Thursday.(Source:IANS)

October 30, 2014 09:57 PM (PST)

Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden to reveal his identity
Washington, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE)
A former member of the US's elite Navy SEALs who killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will reveal his identity in a documentary to be shown next month on the Fox News channel, the company has announced.(Source:IANS)

October 30, 2014 09:44 PM (PST)

NASA seeks new technology for space exploration
Washington, Oct 30 (IANS)
In an effort to stimulate deep space capability development across the aerospace industry, NASA has sought proposals for technology development projects.(Source:IANS)

October 30, 2014 02:00 AM (PST)

Suspicious cyber activity detected on White House network
Washington, Oct 29 (IANS/EFE)
The White House has detected suspicious cyber activity on one of its computer systems in the Executive
Office of the President (EOP) where US President Barrack Obama's most important officials work. (Source:IANS)

October 29, 2014 08:06 PM (PST)

Google scientists to find 'hidden' cancer via nanoparticles
Washington, Oct 29 (IANS)
In a pioneering research, a Google life sciences team - which has two senior Indian-origin researchers - is set to find signs of deadly diseases like cancer by sending 'nanoparticles' in the bloodstream of a person and then get the results via a wearable device.(Source:IANS)

October 29, 2014 01:59 AM (PST)

Global infection outbreaks rising since 1980: Study
Washington, Oct 29 (IANS)
The number of outbreaks of infectious diseases and the number of unique illnesses causing them appear to be increasing around the globe, says a study co-authored by an Indian-American professor.(Source:IANS)

October 29, 2014 01:58 AM (PST)

NASA cargo spacecraft explodes minutes after launch
Washington, Oct 29 (IANS)
In a shocking incident, an unmanned commercial rocket carrying crucial scientific cargo for the International Space Station (ISS) exploded moments after lift-off Tuesday evening.(Source:IANS)

October 29, 2014 01:57 AM (PST)

Obama urges not to discourage health workers going to West Africa
Washington, Oct 29 (IANS)
US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that returning healthcare workers should only be monitored "in a prudent fashion" and not be discouraged from going to West Africa to help curb Ebola outbreaks.(Source:IANS)

October 29, 2014 01:47 AM (PST)

US concerned over Israeli decision on new homes
Washington, Oct 28 (IANS)
The US is "deeply concerned" by reports that Israel would build more settler homes in east Jerusalem, the state department has said.(Source:IANS)

October 27, 2014 09:20 PM (PST)

White House lauds Rousseff's reelection as Brazil's president
Washington, Oct 27 (IANS)
The White House Monday congratulated Dilma Rousseff on her re-election as Brazil's president, pledging to continue efforts to boost bilateral relationship.(Source:IANS)

October 27, 2014 08:31 PM (PST)

Obama congratulates Ukrainians for 'successful' elections
Washington, Oct 27 (IANS)
US President Barack Obama congratulated the people of Ukraine on holding "successful" parliamentary elections, the White House said Monday.(Source:IANS)

October 27, 2014 08:21 PM (PST)

US troops on anti-Ebola mission under observation in Italy
Washington, Oct 28 (IANS/EFE)
A group of US soldiers on a mission in Liberia to fight Ebola are currently under preventive observation at the military base in Vicenza, Italy, military officials said.(Source:IANS)

October 27, 2014 08:12 PM (PST)