The United States of America USA commonly known as the United States us or us or America is a country composed of 50 states a federal district 5 major self-governing territories and various possessions and 3.8 million square kilometers the United States is the world s third or fourth largest country by total area and slightly smaller.
Than the entire continent of Europe s 3.

1 million square kilometers with a population of over 325 million people the.

Populous country the capital is Washington DC and the largest city by population is New York City 48 states in the capital as Federal District are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico.

The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the.

Territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea stretching across nine official time zones the extremely diverse.

Geography climate and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world s17.

Mega-diverse countries paleo-indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago European colonization began in the 16th century the.

United States emerged from the 13 British colonies established along the east coast numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies.

Following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution which began in 1775 and the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776 the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power the current constitution was adopted in 1788 with the first 10 amendment.

Collectively named the Bill of Rights being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century acquiring new territories displacing Native American tribes and gradually.

States until expand the continent by 1848 during the second half of the 19th century the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery by the end of the century the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean and its economy driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution began to soar the spanish-american war in.

World War one confirmed the country s status as a global military power the.

United States emerged from World War two as a global superpower the first country to develop nuclear weapons the only country to use them in warfare and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council during the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the space race.

Culminating with the 1969 moon landing the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world as sole superpower the United States is the world s oldest.

Surviving Federation the Federal Republic is a representative democracy in which majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law the United States is a founding member of the United Nations World Bank International Monetary Fund Organization of American States owes and other international organizations the United States is a highly developed country with the world s largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy.

By PPP accounting for approximately a quarter of global GDP the US economy is largely post-industrial characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities although the manufacturing sector remains the second largest in the world the United States is the.

World’s largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods by value although its population is only 4.

3 percent of the world total the u.

holds 33 percent of the total wealth in the world the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country the United States.

Ranks among the highest nations in several measures of socio-economic performance including average wage human development per capita GDP and productivity per person the.

United States is the foremost military power in the world making up a third of global military spending and is a leading political cultural and scientific force internationally entomology in 1507 the german cartographer martin waldseemüller.

Produced a world map on which he named the lands of the western hemisphere america in honor of the Italian Explorer.

And cartographer Amerigo Vespucci Latin America’s vast fuchsias the first documentary evidence of the phrase United States of America is from a letter dated January 2nd 1776 written by Stephen Moylan esq George.

Washington s aide-de-camp and muster master general of the Continental Army addressed to lieutenant call Joseph Reid Moylan.

Expressed his wish to carry the full and.

Ample powers of the United States of America to Spain to assist in the revolutionary war.

Effort the first known publication of the phrase United States of America was in an anonymous essay in the Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg Virginia on April 6 1776 the second draft of the Articles of Confederation prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17th 1776 at the latest declared the name of this Confederation shall.

Be the United States of America single quote code on the final version of the article sent to the States for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence the style of this confederacy shall be the United States of. in June 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase United States of America in all capitalized letters in the headline of his original rough draft of the Declaration of Independence this draft of the document did not surface until June 21st 1776 and it is unclear.

Whether it was written before or after Dickinson used the term in his June 17th draft of the Articles of Confederation the short form United States is also standard other common forms are the US the USA and America quote dot colloquial names are the US of A.

And internationally the state quote dot quote Columbia a name popular in poetry and songs of the late 18th century derives its origin from Christopher Columbus it appears in the name District of Columbia the phrase United States was originally plural a description of a collection.

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