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United States of America

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

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Country Name The United States of America Or the United States or the USA Or America.

Location

Most of the country is located in Central North America, between the Pacific Ocean from the west and the Atlantic in the east. It is bordered by Canada in the north, Mexico in the south, and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

48 states and the capital's federal district are located in North America between Canada and Mexico.

The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean.

The state also includes many Caribbean and Pacific islands and territories.


Capital

Washington D.C.

Reason for Naming the country

In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci.

The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the 'United States of America'".

The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be 'The United States of America'"

The short form "United States" is also standard. Other common forms are the "U.S.", the "USA", and "America".


Flag

The current American flag was adopted on July 4, 1960.

The flag of the United States of America consists of 13 alternating horizontal stripes of equal width 7 are red and 6 are white.

In the top left corner of the flag, there is a dark blue rectangle that has 50 white, five-point stars on it. The stars are arranged in nine horizontal rows.

The 50 stars represent the 50 states of the USA, and the 13 stripes represent the 13 colonies* of the US that declared independence from Britain on July 4, 1776.

The red represents courage, white represents liberty or purity and

blue represents justice, loyalty, and perseverance. These meanings are unofficial though.

*Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,

New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina,

and Virginia.


Flag Facts:

- The flag of Malaysia and the flag of Liberia are similar to the flag of the United States of America, all have the same colors and design but are different in the symbols in the canton.


Language

English (American English) is the de facto national language.