United States of America
Have you ever heard America called a “melting pot?” What do you think that means? America is called a melting pot because immigrants have come here from all over the world over the last 400 years. Originally, most settlers came from northern Europe. Your ancestors might have come from England, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark or Holland. Over 1.3 million people immigrated from Europe between 1600 and 1820. Many came for religious or political reasons. During the Great Famine in Ireland, thousands of people came to find food and work.
During this same time, 1.5 million slaves were brought to America on slave ships. Most of them came from Africa. In the last 200 years, people have come to America from Mexico, China, Japan, India and other parts of Asia and the Middle East. They too came looking for a better life for their families.
Fun Facts about the United States of America for Kids
- America has a democratic government. Every citizen has the right to have a voice.
- Capital city: Washington D.C.
- Area: 3,539, 224 square miles
- Over 280,400,000 people live in the U.S.
- English is the official language, although many people speak Spanish.
- Over 86 percent of people are Christian.
- Americans use the American dollar as currency.
- 99 percent of adults can read.
- People in the U.S. can expect to live 77 years.
The United States of America Vocabulary
- Ancestor: family members that came before you, such as your grandmother and great-grandmother
- Famine: a severe food shortage
- Citizen: legal member of a country
All About the United States of America Video for Kids
Check out this cool video about the United States of America for kids:
This is a simple video discussion of the basic facts about the United States of America.
The United States of America Q&A
Question: Who makes the laws in the United States?
Answer: Some laws are made locally, in your city, county or state. Other laws are made on a national level. Every citizen gets to vote to choose leaders. When you are 18, you can vote, too. Then you can have a say in what happens in your country.
Map of the United States of America
Here’s a map of the United States of America and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around the United States of America! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of the United States of America, as though you are actually there!
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