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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.

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Fun Facts about the United States of America for Kids

  • America has a democratic government. Every citizen has the right to have a voice.
  • Declaration of Independence was signed July 4th 1776.
  • The United States Constitution was written in 1787.
  • The national bird of the United States is the Eagle – national anthem is the Star-Spangled Banner and the national Seal is the Great Seal of the United States.
  • Donald Trump is the current president of American – Jan 20th 2017.
  • The president works and lives in the White House.
  • Mike Pence is the Vice President.
  • Capital city: Washington D.C. (population 702,455 – 2018).
  • New York is the most populated city in the US with over 8.5 million people (2016).
  • The largest economy in the world is the US economy.
  • Area: 3,539, 224 square miles.
  • The US is made up of 50 states, Alaska is the largest state.
  • United States shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.
  • Over 327 million people live in the U.S. (2018).
  • 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 78.69 years.
  • The US has 6 different time zones from the west to east.
  • The tallest mountain in the US is Denali found in the Alaskan mountain range 6,190 m.
  • The longest river in the US is The Missouri River 2,341 miles – 3,768 km, the second longest is The Mississippi River 2,202 miles – 3,544 km.
  • The US shares land borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south
  • Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the US (31,700 square miles).
  • The largest desert in the United States is the Great Basin Desert.
  • The US has many active volcanoes and is one of the most volcanic countries on the planet with over 160 active volcanoes. Kilauea situated in Hawaii is considered to be highly dangerous. In Washington Mount Rainier and St. Helens are also considered dangerous.
  • NASA Headquarters are based in Washington D.C.

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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
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United States of America Video for Kids

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This is a simple video discussion of the basic facts about the United States of America.


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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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