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Western Hemisphere

BACKGROUND

Information: The Americas comprise the totality of the continents of North America and South America. Together, they make up most of the land in Earth's western hemisphere and comprise the New World.

Humans first settled the Americas from Asia between 42,000 and 17,000 years ago. A second migration of Na-Dene speakers followed later from Asia. The subsequent migration of the Inuit into the neoarctic around 3500 B.C.E. completed what is generally regarded as the settlement by the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

The geography of the western Americas is dominated by the American cordillera, with the Rocky Mountains and other North American Cordillera ranges running along the western side of North America and the Andes running along the west coast of South America. The 1,400-mile Appachlian Mountains run along the east coast of North America from Alabama to Newfoundland. North of the Appalacians, the Arctic Cordillera runs along the eastern coast of Canada.

Languages: Predominantly Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French.

Religions: Predominantly Christian.


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