Country of the Week: United States of America

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We here at Continental not only love America but we also acknowledge its importance.  It’s the world’s largest economy.  It’s Canada’s neighbor to the south (and the northwest if you count Alaska).  Mostly however, what happens in the United States is sure to have an impact on the rest of the world due to it’s size and power.  Regardless, the diversity and scope of the US is a subject worth exploring, no matter the global impact!  Read on to discover what makes the people and places that make up America something to behold.

  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • Largest City: New York City
  • Population (2015): 320,206,000 (3rd)
  • Total Area: 9,857,306 km² (3rd)
  • National Language: English (de facto)
  • Currency: United States Dollar ($) USD

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A History in Sweat and Blood

We all know the story of how the thirteen colonies rebelled against Great Britain, forming their own country on this side of the Atlantic.  Upset over taxation without representation and other aspects of British Rule, the ‘Founding Fathers’ of America penned the declaration of independence in 1776.  What followed was a long and tough war involving everyone from simple farmers taking up arms to other European powers – such as France – jumping into the fray.  Since the revolution’s end in 1783, American history has been shaped by conflict both home and abroad, social movements, economic depression, frontier exploration, and more.  Today, the United States is the most powerful country in the world, with a huge impact on security and financial matters.  It’s also Canada’s neighbor, forming the longest international border in the world.  As such, the US and Canada are, for better or worse, closely linked together. 

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Who Are They Really? 

What is an American?  Well depending on whom you ask; you’ll likely get a different answer.  You might find yourself in Dixie, experiencing Southern hospitality firsthand.  To the North, Yankee New England offers a completely different outlook on life.  Then there’s Texas, which is, well… Texas.  Even these broad characterizations fail to tell the whole story.  Huge amounts of immigration over the years has brought a vibrant Irish community to Boston, many of Latin America to the southwest, and anyone you can think of to everywhere in between.  The culture and customs differ from state to state, city to city, neighborhood to neighborhood, and house to house.

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From Sea to Shining Sea

If you plan on travelling through the United States, bring a coat, bathing suit, tank top, winter hat, and everything in between.  The beaches of southern California offer year round sun and warmth, while the mountains and northern states will greet you with biting cold and wind for four months of the year.  Deserts in the southwest, swamps in the south, plains in the midwest, and even tropical islands await as part of the United States.  If you’re a city person, the options are almost endless.  What can be said about New York that New Yorkers haven’t already said about themselves?  See what makes San Francisco arguably the trendiest place in the western hemisphere.  Take in the neon lights and live music of Nashville’s famous Broadway.  Or fly direct to Las Vegas; we won’t tell anyone.  Everyone’s got a favorite, and its up to you to find your city.

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Last Word

Whether it’s a business trip to a certain city, or the freedom of driving through as many states as you can, the United States of America will have something to offer you.  Grand, cocksure, tough, breathtaking, and diverse are all words that can describe this country.  Its up to you to figure out which one you’ll use.

Stay tuned to the Continental Current for our Country of the Week. We’ll explore the familiar and the foreign, plus uncover some hidden gems.

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