FACTOID # 27: If you're itching to live in a trailer park, hitch up your home and head to South Carolina, where a whopping 18% of residences are mobile homes.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Americas (terminology)

The Americas, also known as America, are the lands of the western hemisphere, composed of numerous entities and regions variably defined by geography, politics, and culture. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Americas Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Americas Lambert azimuthal projection. ... World map showing the Americas CIA political map of the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World consisting of the continents of North America[1] and South America with their associated islands and regions. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: North America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: North America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: South America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: South America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Northern America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Northern America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Northern America is a name for the parts of North America besides Mexico when Mexico is considered as Latin America. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 800 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) Western hemisphere map: Middle America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 800 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) Western hemisphere map: Middle America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Middle America For other uses, see Middle America (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 800 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) Western hemisphere map: Central America (geographic) Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 800 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) Western hemisphere map: Central America (geographic) Lambert azimuthal projection. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Caribbean Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Caribbean Lambert azimuthal projection. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: United States of America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: United States of America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Confederate States of America (1861-1865) Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Confederate States of America (1861-1865) Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Federal Republic of Central America (United Provinces of Central America), 1823-1840 Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Federal Republic of Central America (United Provinces of Central America), 1823-1840 Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Capital Guatemala City; in 1834 moved to San Salvador Created 1823 Dissolved 1840 Demonym Centroamerican The United Provinces of Central America (UPCA) was a country that existed in Central America from July 1823 to approximately 1840. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: West Indies Federation (1958-1962) Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 32 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: West Indies Federation (1958-1962) Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Flag Motto To dwell together in unity Anthem God Save the Queen Capital Chaguaramas Language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy Queen Elizabeth II Governor-General Lord Hailes Prime minister Grantley Herbert Adams¹ History  - Established January 3, 1958  - Disestablished May 31, 1962 Area  - 1960 20,253 km² Population  - 1960 est. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 33 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Anglo-America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x800, 33 KB) Summary Western hemisphere map: Anglo-America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... The term Anglo-America is used to describe those parts of North America in which English is the main language. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (800 × 800 pixel, file size: 33 KB, MIME type: image/png) Western hemisphere map: Latin America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (800 × 800 pixel, file size: 33 KB, MIME type: image/png) Western hemisphere map: Latin America Lambert azimuthal projection. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... World map showing the Americas CIA political map of the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World consisting of the continents of North America[1] and South America with their associated islands and regions. ... The word America has several meanings: Geographical and political The Americas: North, Central, and South America. ... The geographical western hemisphere of Earth, highlighted in yellow. ...


The Americas are frequently reckoned to comprise two separate continents (North America and South America), especially in English-speaking nations. The Americas may also be reckoned to comprise a single continent (named America), particularly in Latin America and in some European nations.[1] Animated, colour-coded map showing the various continents. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Physical geography

Geophysical regions

North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Animated, colour-coded map showing the various continents. ... Northern hemisphere highlighted in yellow. ... “Atlantic” redirects here. ... The Arctic Ocean, located in the northern hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the smallest of the worlds five major oceanic divisions and the shallowest. ... Middle America For other uses, see Middle America (disambiguation). ... The Isthmus of Panama connects North and South America. ... For individual mountains named Rocky Mountain, see Rocky Mountain (disambiguation). ... This article is about the mountain system in South America. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is an isthmus in Mexico. ... The Isthmus of Panama. ... The Trans-Mexican volcanic belt (Eje Volcánico Transversal) is a mountain range that extends 900 km from west to east across central Mexico. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ... Map of Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea (pronounced or ) is a tropical sea in the Western Hemisphere, part of the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... The Greater Antilles, an island group in the Caribbean Sea, are part of the Antilles. ... Location of the Lesser Antilles (green) in relation to the rest of the Caribbean Islands of the Lesser Antilles The Lesser Antilles, also known as the Caribbees,[1] are part of the Antilles, which together with the Bahamas and Greater Antilles form the West Indies. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... The Antilles (the same in French; Antillas in Spanish; Antillen in Dutch) refers to the islands forming the greater part of the West Indies in the Caribbean. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... The geographical western hemisphere of Earth, highlighted in yellow. ...

Human geography

Geopolitical regions

Overlapping units: North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... A dependent territory, dependent area or dependency is a territory that does not possess full political independence or sovereignty as a State. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...

This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... This article is about the socio-economic class from a global vantage point. ...

United Nations geoscheme

Note: within this scheme, the continent of North America comprises Northern America, Central America, and the Caribbean.[1] The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Northern America is a name for the parts of North America besides Mexico when Mexico is considered as Latin America. ... Motto: A Mare Labor(Latin) From the Sea, Work[] Anthem: La Marseillaise Capital (and largest city) Saint-Pierre Official languages French Government  - President of the General Council Stéphane Artano  - Préfet (Prefect) Yves Fauqueur Collectivité doutre-mera of France   - ceded by the UKe 30 May 1814   - Territoire d... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... “West Indian” redirects here. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


Political divisions

For theological federalism, see Covenant Theology. ... Look up republic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... A confederation is an association of sovereign states or communities, usually created by treaty but often later adopting a common constitution. ... Historic Southern United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Largest metro area Little Rock Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest City = Charlotte Largest city {{{LargestCity}}} Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... British America may refer to: British North America, former British possessions in North America north of the United States, eventually consolidating into Canada British overseas territories in the Americas; also see British West Indies This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... British North America was an informal term first used in 1783, but uncommon before the Report on the Affairs of British North America (1839), called the Durham Report. ... John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... Painting by Benjamin West depicting (from left to right) John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, and William Temple Franklin. ... Map of East and West Florida in 1810. ... This article is about the region. ... We dont have an article called Canadian-confederation Start this article Search for Canadian-confederation in. ... Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The British North America Acts 1867–1975 are a series of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom dealing with the government of Canada, which was known as British North America until 1867. ... Motto (Latin for From Sea to Sea) Anthem O Canada Royal anthem: God Save the Queen Capital Ottawa Largest city Toronto Official languages English, French Government Parliamentary democracy and federal constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II  -  Governor General Michaëlle Jean  -  Prime Minister Stephen Harper Establishment  -  Act of Union February... For other uses, see Newfoundland (disambiguation). ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roadtown, Tortola The term British West Indies refers to territories in and around the Caribbean which were colonised by Great Britain. ... Capital Guatemala City; in 1834 moved to San Salvador Created 1823 Dissolved 1840 Demonym Centroamerican The United Provinces of Central America (UPCA) was a country that existed in Central America from July 1823 to approximately 1840. ... The Spanish colonization of the Americas began with the arrival in the Western Hemisphere of Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón) in 1492. ... Los Altos (The Highlands in the Spanish language) was an area of Central America, which was added as a sixth state to the United States of Central America in the 1830s. ... A civil war is a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight against each other for the control of political power. ... Flag Motto To dwell together in unity Anthem God Save the Queen Capital Chaguaramas Language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy Queen Elizabeth II Governor-General Lord Hailes Prime minister Grantley Herbert Adams¹ History  - Established January 3, 1958  - Disestablished May 31, 1962 Area  - 1960 20,253 km² Population  - 1960 est. ... A map displaying todays federations. ... This article is about a type of political territory. ... A United Kingdom overseas territory (formerly known as a dependent territory or earlier as a crown colony) is a territory that is under the sovereignty and formal control of the United Kingdom but is not part of the United Kingdom proper (almost exclusively Great Britain and Northern Ireland). ... Roadtown, Tortola The term British West Indies refers to territories in and around the Caribbean which were colonised by Great Britain. ... ...

Linguistic/cultural regions

  • Anglo-America – the region of the Americas having significant historical, linguistic, and cultural links to England or the British Isles, e.g., where English (a Germanic language) is officially or primarily spoken; often just Canada and the United States
  • Latin America – the region of the Americas where Romance languages derived from Latin, namely Spanish and Portuguese, are officially or primarily spoken
  • Ibero-America – the region of the Americas and Europe having significant historical, linguistic, and cultural links to Spain or Portugal (both on the Iberian peninsula)
    • Hispanic America - those parts of the Americas inhabited by Spanish-speaking populations
  • Mesoamerica – a region of the Americas extending from central Mexico southeast to Nicaragua and Costa Rica; a term used especially in archaeology and ethnohistory for the region where an array of civilizations had flourished during the pre-Columbian era, and which shared a number of historical and cultural traditions.
    • Mesoamerican Linguistic Area – a sprachbund, or linguistic region, defined as the area inhabited by speakers of a set of indigenous languages which have developed certain similarities as a result of their historic and geographical connections; roughly co-terminate with the archaeological/ethnohistorical Mesoamerica.
  • Aridoamerica – an archaeological/ethnohistorical regional division, essentially comprising the arid/semi-arid northern portion of present-day Mexico, whose historical peoples are generally characterised by a nomadic existence and minimal reliance on agriculture.
  • Oasisamerica – an occasionally used archaeological/ethnohistorical term for a (pre-Columbian) cultural region of North America.

The term Anglo-America is used to describe those parts of North America in which English is the main language. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article describes the archipelago in north-Western Europe. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Proto-Indo-European Indo-European studies The Germanic languages form one of the branches of the Indo-European (IE) language family, spoken by the Germanic peoples who settled in northern Europe along the borders of the Roman Empire. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... The Romance languages, also called Romanic languages, are a subfamily of the Italic languages, specifically the descendants of the Vulgar Latin dialects spoken by the common people evolving in different areas after the break-up of the Roman Empire. ... Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Middle America For other uses, see Middle America (disambiguation). ... Ibero-America is a term used to refer collectively to the countries in the Americas which were formerly colonies of Spain or Portugal. ... The Iberian Peninsula, or Iberia, is located in the extreme southwest of Europe, and includes modern day Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar. ... Hispanic America (Hispanoamérica in Spanish) refers to those parts of the Americas inhabited by Spanish-speaking peoples. ... This article is about the culture area. ... This July 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... Ethnohistory uses both historical and ethnographic data as its foundation. ... The pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the Americas continent. ... // The Mesoamerican Linguistic Area is a sprachbund containing many of the languages natively spoken in the cultural area of Mesoamerica. ... A Sprachbund (German for language bond, also known as a linguistic area, convergence area, diffusion area) is a group of languages that have become similar in some way because of geographical proximity. ... Aridoamerica is a term used to describe the northern region of Mexico, in contrast to Mesoamerica (the south). ... Oasisamerica was a broad cultural area in pre-Columbian North America. ...

Sources

  1. ^ Martin W. Lewis, Karen E. Wigen (1997). "Chapter One, The Architecture of Continents", The Myth of Continents. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20742-4. 
  2. ^ Nord-Amèrica, in Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana
  3. ^ North America The American Heritage Reference Collection
  4. ^ Crystal Reference Encyclopedia, "North America"
  5. ^ Burchfield, R. W., ed. 2004. "America." Fowler's Modern English Usage (ISBN 0-19-861021-1) New York: Oxford University Press, p. 48
  6. ^ McArthur, Tom. 1992."North American." The Oxford Companion to the English Language (ISBN 0-19-214183-X) New York: Oxford University Press, p. 707.

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, often referred to simply as Fowlers Modern English Usage, or Fowler, is a style guide to British English usage, authored by Henry W. Fowler. ... Merriam-Webster, originally known as the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a United States company that publishes reference books, especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Websters An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). ... The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is the most successful dictionary of the English language, (not to be confused with the one-volume Oxford Dictionary of English, formerly New Oxford Dictionary of English, of... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ...

See also


 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m