North America



North America


Geography of North American


North America is the third largest of the seven continents. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the East and the Pacific Ocean in the west. North America is dominated by its three largest countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Central America and the Caribbean are usually considered part of North America, but they have their own section here (see link). 

Although Columbus is given much credit as having discovered America, there were plenty of people already living in North America prior to the Europeans having arrived including the Aztec civilization in what is now Mexico. In the 1600's the Europeans quickly colonized and took over much of North America. The largest country in North America, the United States, was formed in the late 1700's and became a "melting pot" of people and cultures from around the world. 


Fun Facts about North America: 

The largest city in North America is Mexico City, Mexico. The largest country is the United States. 

The longest river in North America is the Mississippi River. 

Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake in the world. It is located on the border between the United States and Canada. 

The country of Greenland is the biggest island on the planet. 

The North American and South American continents are thought to have been named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.