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USA - introduction

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Transcript of USA - introduction

The U.S. : Physical aspects – Political division - Regions:
AREA of:
UK:245,000 km2
USA: 9.400.000 km2
ARGENTINA: 2.700.000 km2
POPULATION:
UK: 63 m
USA: 314 m
ARGENTINA: 40m
Mt. Mc Kinley 6,194 mts (Alaska)
coastal plains
flat -swampy
APPALACHIAN MTS
low unbroken mts
ROCKY MTS
Mt. WHITNEY 4480 mts - Sierra Nevada
Mississippi River
CLIMATE
The United States is affected by a large variety of weather related with natural disasters.
Deadly and destructive hurricanes occur almost every year along the Atlantic seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricanes can also strike Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean
The Great Plains, the Midwest and the southern United States have frequent severe thunderstorms and tornado outbreaks during spring and summer.
The southern tip of Florida is tropical.
Much of the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, and the Cascade Range are alpine.
Sierra Nevada
POLITICAL DIVISION
The United States is the fourth largest country in the world.
48 of the 50 states are in the UNIFIED TERRITORY & 2 out of it: ALASKA & HAWAII.
In 1959 - 48 states - Alaska & Hawaii (separate territories)
It’s 4800 km from the east coast to the west coast and about 2400 km from the Canadian border on the north to the Mexican border on the south.
CAPITAL CITY: WASHINGTON DC (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA- FEDERAL DISTRICT)
POPULATION: 320.000.000
BORDERS: ATLANTIC OCEAN in the E; PACIFIC OCEAN in the W; CANADA in the N; MEXICO &GULF OF MEXICO in the south
INDEPENDENCE (1776) - historically there were only 13 states

the flag has
13 STRIPES
for the
13

colonies
50 stars
for the
50 states.
The lakes are very important because they're connected by rivers & waterways. They also have canals.
the
South
is warm - very hot summers & mild winters
from the middle territory upwards: extreme
the Great Lakes: icy winters
the
West
: temperate- influence of the sea
the
North west
is characterized by rainfall
the
Central area
: non extreme temperatures (agriculture is best developed)
the
Southeast
- Peninsula of Florida - hurricanes from the Atlantic Ocean
the
Northeast
is very cold
HISTORY:
Before the territory was a country, the land was inhabited by local people (Indians). The Vikings came & then the Spanish settled.
In 1602 the English arrived & settled in a colony (Jamestown) but they abandoned the place after a few years.
In 1620 a group of people coming from England settled in Jamestown (The Puritan Pilgrims) - they disagreed with the rules of the Church.
They sailed in a ship called The Mayflower & settled in the east coast.
They landed in Plymouth (New England coast). They came as a community & gave birth to the SOCIETY in AMERICA with their religious and farming practices.
American history started in New England.

Before 1959 the stars were put horizontally, before that the stars were placed diagonally
48 STATES
tornadoes-twisters
línea divisoria de aguas
CONTINETAL DIVIDE
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