The Current Political Geography of North America

By: Simran (Coordinator), Tye (Editor), Noel (Media Director) and Logan (Researcher)

Map of the countries of North America Source:
Map of the countries of North America

North America is the third-largest continent in the world and has an area of 24,346,000 km².  North America extends from the tiny Aleutian Islands in the northwest to the Isthmus of Panama in the south. The continent includes the enormous island of Greenland in the northeast and the small island countries and territories that dot the Caribbean Sea and western North Atlantic Ocean. In the far north, the continent stretches halfway around the world, from Greenland to the Aleutians. The northern half of North America is covered mostly by Canada, except for the northeastern part, which is Greenland (part of Denmark), and the northwestern part, which is Alaska (part of the United States).

Fun Facts!

  • Largest population in North America is Mexico City
  • Canada is slightly larger than the United States
  • North America was named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci (who was the first Eurasian to realize the Americas were separate from Asia)
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