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Introduction:

Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions.

The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs.

 Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Since the end of World War II, the economy has achieved relatively steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

 

United States Flag
Flag

United States Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
329,256,465 (July 2018 est.)
Map Reference:
North America
Area:
total= 9,826,675 sq km

Government:
Federal Republic
Capital:
Washington, DC

Internet Code:
.us

Airports:
13,513 (2013)

Websites

Government
Wikipedia
Travel
Video
Webcam

United States Locater
Locater

United States Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
USA-WASHINGTON DC
Mission/Frame: ISS023-E-22122
Spacecraft Altitude: 182 nautical miles (337 km)
Features:
WASHINGTON DC, POTOMAC RIVER, RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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