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North America

BACKGROUND

Information: A continent.

North America was reached by its first human populations during the last glacial period, via crossing the Bering land bridge approximately 40,000 to 17,000 years ago. The so-called Paleo-Indian period is taken to have lasted until about 10,000 years ago.

Geologically, Canada is one of the oldest regions in the world, with more than half of the region consisting of precambrian rocks that have been above sea level since the beginning of the Palaeozoic era. The lower 48 US states can be divided into roughly five physiographic provinces: the American cordillera, the Canadian Shield (Northern portion of the upper midwestern United States), the stable platform, the coastal plain, and the Appalachian orogenic belt. The geology of Alaska is typical of that of the cordillera, while the major islands of Hawaii consist of Neogene volcanics erupted over a hot spot.

European influences are strongest in the northern parts of the continent while indigenous and African influences are relatively stronger in the south. Because of the history of colonialism, most North Americans speak English, Spanish or French and societies and states commonly reflect Western traditions.

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Languages: Predominantly English, Spanish, and French.

Religion: Predominantly Christian.


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