General Information for USA
The United States of America is in North America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and lies between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska to the west of Canada and Hawaii in the Central Pacific Ocean became States in 1959.
There are 50 US states and 1 district: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsy3.vania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the District of Columbia,
Washington DC (District of Columbia) is the capital and New York is the USA's largest city.
The terrain of the US includes mountains, forests, grasslands, deserts, lakes, rivers and coastline. The Grand Canyon, a gorge, created by the Colorado River, is one of the most spectacular sights in the US.
The population of the USA was estimated at 301,139,947 in 2007.
English is the official language. Spanish is spoken by over ten percent the population. Hawaiian is an official language in Hawaii.
Over seventy-six percent of the people are Christian. The United States has produced a number of evangelists such as Billy Graham.
Native American food includes various breads, soups and wild green salads. Colonists brought their own culinary traditions.
America became a melting pot for people from all over the world. Today, food in the USA reflects this cultural diversity. The Spanish influence is particularly evident in parts of the country colonized by Spain.
The American food industry is internationally known for fast-food chains such as McDonald's. American-style cookies, muffins and bagels have also made an impact in the international snack food market.
Sport is important in the US and is part of American school and college life. Team sports include baseball, basketball, American football, hockey and lacrosse.
American sportsmen and sportswomen take part in international events in tennis, golf and boxing and are consistently successful in the Olympic Games. There are opportunities for swimming, ice-skating and skiing. Rodeos and car racing are both very American activities. Fishing and hunting are traditional outdoor pursuits.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It is a time when the American people give thanks to God. Independence Day (4 July) is an internationally known American holiday