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The United States of America
– A great and fascinating country
World’s third largest nation
The United States is located in the North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico. With total land area about 9,158,960 square kilometers (50 states and District of Columbia), the U.S. is the world’s third-largest country (after Russia and Canada). The area of the U.S. is about one-half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about one-half the size of South America or slightly larger than Brazil; slightly larger than China; about two and one-half times the size of Western Europe.
Based on July 2014 estimate, the U.S. has about 318,881,992 population. The U.S. citizens and residents include about 73% white, and 27% of African-American, Hispanic, Asians, Amerindian, Alaska native, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islanders. English is the official language but a sizable minority is Spanish-speaking Americans.
Prosperous and Creative
The United States became the world’s first modern democracy after its break with Great Britain (1776) and the adoption of a constitution (1789). During the 19th century, many 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 major traumatic experiences in the nation’s history were the Civil War (1861-65) and the Great Depression of the 1930s. 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. The economy, the world’s most advanced and largest, is marked by steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.
The United States has a large, technologically advanced, multipurpose communications system. Based on 2014 estimate, the U.S. has 279,834,232 Internet users.
Spectacular and Fascinating
With spectacular natural scenery and national parks, world-class museums and historic architectures, fascinating tourist attractions everywhere, the United States is now one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world.
Across the USA from metropolises of Atlantic coast through the Great Plain and Rockies to the golden shores of Pacific Ocean, you will see breathtaking Niagara Falls, great lakes, natural wonder Yellowstone, one and only Grand Canyon, well-known U.S. National Parks, great mountains and famous rivers. You will trek through this vast land like the American pioneers and explore the rich history and native culture of this fascinating country.
Situated on the mid-Pacific Ocean, the Hawaii State is the U.S. westernmost state separated from the mainland by about 3,200 kilometers of ocean. Hawaii Islands are now the most famous paradise islands in the world. With spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches, magnificent forests and green mountains, and ideal tropical climate, Hawaii, enjoyed by Hawaii’s kings in ancient times and by millions of worldwide visitors today.
Sports in the United States
The United States has hosted 4 times Summer Olympic Games and 4 times Winter Olympic Games – 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, 1932 Summer Olympics and 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta; 1932 Winter Olympics and 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Team and individual sports are another important part of the U.S. culture. The four major professional sports leagues in the U.S are Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL).
The US Open played every fall (August–September) in New York is one the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments that are considered to be the most prestigious tennis events in the world. The United States successful tennis players include Don Budge, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras who dominated tennis sport in the past. Recently, the Williams sisters – Venus Williams and Serena Williams have been famous tennis players in the women’s game, and the twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan have been successful men’s doubles team players.