The United States of America is located in North America. The country is a federal republic and shares land borders with Canada and Mexico. Laterally, the United States extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Washington, DC.
The United States of America is one of the largest countries in the world, both in population and geographic area, and is currently considered the world's foremost political power.
District of Columbia
The United States of America was formed after 13 of Britain's American colonies staged a revolution in 1776. The former colonies were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded its territory westward.
This period of growth proved tumultuous for the young nation, and events like the American Civil War (1861-1865) and the Great Depression (1929-1933) are still regarded as some of the most traumatic experiences in the nation's history. Currently, the United States remains one of the most powerful nations in the world. A status cemented by victories in World Wars I and II and by the end of Cold War in 1991.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Capital: Washington D.C.
Power: 120 V, 60 Hz
Languages: The United States has no official language, but English is the first language of most Americans. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language.
Climate: The United States covers a large land area, and a vast range of climates. For this reason, travellers would be well-advised to look up weather forecasts for the specific location they plan on visiting. The summer months are generally warm, and winters are cold in all but the southernmost states. These tendencies again depend on the specific destination, so check before you go.
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Time Zone: DST -0400 UTC