Interesting facts about North America, presented in this article will cover its inhabitants, attractions and geographical features.
North America is a huge continent, occupied mainly by two states - the United States and Canada. In addition, the mainland has a unique variety of flora and fauna.
Next we look at the most interesting facts about North America.
12 interesting facts about North America
- More than 500 million people live in North America. By the way, almost 3 times more people live in India and China than here.
- The largest territory of the continent is Canada, which owns the 2nd place (after Russia) in the world by area.
- Curiously, there are 23 independent states in North America.
- Did you know that Greenland belongs to this continent only geographically? But in political terms, it belongs to Denmark - a country from Europe.
- North America was named after the navigator Amerigo Vespucci. However, according to the official version, the first European whose foot set foot on this mainland was the Spanish traveler and explorer Christopher Columbus.
- According to experts, in ancient times, Asia and North America were connected by an isthmus, which later turned out to be under water. Today this place is the Bering Strait.
- The greatest danger to North America are powerful tornadoes that destroy everything in their path.
- An interesting fact is that the highest temperature recorded here reached 57⁰С. The record was recorded in Death Valley (California).
- The largest city in North America is Mexico City - the capital of Mexico. It is home to more than 9 million people. Interestingly, within the agglomeration of this city the number of population exceeds 22 million.
- It is on this continent is the largest and deepest canyon in the world - the Grand Canyon.
- Mississippi is the longest river system not only on the North American continent, but on the entire planet.
- North America is a mainland where there is no single state, without access to the sea.