North America in a Nutshell

From the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, to the depths of the Grand Canyon carved out over millions of years by the Colorado River, to the Statue of Liberty on the far eastern borders, or the breweries and eateries of San Francisco, North America is a vast, undulating landscape of variety. It is virtually impossible to take it all in during just one lifetime, and absolutely impossible to see it all in just one trip. Regardless if you happen to live in this section of the globe, or if you are a traveler coming from Europe or South America, or elsewhere, North America provides a unique series of opportunities for any type of traveler.

While the history of North America is not as ancient as Europe, what it lacks in millennia-old structures it makes up for in ethnic diversity and sprawling metropolises, ranging from places like New York City, New Orleans, Denver, and Seattle in the United States section of North America, to places like Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, and Quebec in Canada. And for breath-taking vistas one can look no further than the wide expanses of wild territory in Canada, where the tundra and the mountains stretch on for thousands upon thousands of miles, or the cliff-dwellings of the Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

North America is a bustling hive of activity, with two of the most economically advanced nations on the globe. The ethnic diversity is second to none, with dozens of different cultures all mixed together into a melting pot of diversity that combines for a place unlike any other on the face of this Earth. Regardless if you are coming to North America for the food, the scenery, the cities, the culture, or the people themselves, you will be hard-pressed to walk away feeling as though you have really experienced everything that the northern American continent has to offer. Strap on your shoes, tighten your belt, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.


Canada and the United States were both former British colonies. There is frequent cultural interplay between the United States and English-speaking Canada. Greenland shares some cultural ties with the indigenous people of Canada but is considered Nordic and has strong Danish ties due to centuries of colonization by Denmark. Spanish-speaking North America shares a common past as former Spanish colonies. In Mexico and the Central American countries where civilizations like the Maya developed, indigenous people preserve traditions across modern boundaries. Central American and Spanish-speaking Caribbean nations have historically had more in common due to geographical proximity.

Northern Mexico, particularly in the cities of Monterrey, Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, and Mexicali, is strongly influenced by the culture and way of life of the United States. Of the aforementioned cities, Monterrey has been regarded as the most Americanized city in Mexico. Immigration to the United States and Canada remains a significant attribute of many nations close to the southern border of the US. The Anglophone Caribbean states have witnessed the decline of the British Empire and its influence on the region, and its replacement by the economic influence of Northern America. In the Anglophone Caribbean. This is partly due to the relatively small populations of the English-speaking Caribbean countries, and also because many of them now have more people living abroad than those remaining at home. Northern Mexico, the Western United States and Alberta, Canada share a cowboy culture.

Canada and the United States divides its population into five "tribes" - Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans. These are arbitrary definitions for all intents and purposes, but people seem to take them very seriously and they form their personal identities based on those.




North America's GDP per capita was evaluated in October 2016 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be $41,830, making it the richest continent in the world, followed by Oceania.

Canada, Mexico, and the United States have significant and multifaceted economic systems. The United States has the largest economy of all three countries and in the world. In 2016, the U.S. had an estimated per capita gross domestic product (PPP) of $57,466 according to the World Bank, and is the most technologically developed economy of the three. The United States' services sector comprises 76.7% of the country's GDP (estimated in 2010), industry comprises 22.2% and agriculture comprises 1.2%. The U.S. economy is also the fastest growing economy in North America and the Americas as a whole, with the highest GDP per capita in the Americas as well.

Canada shows significant growth in the sectors of services, mining and manufacturing. Canada's per capita GDP (PPP) was estimated at $44,656 and it had the 11th largest GDP (nominal) in 2014. Canada's services sector comprises 78% of the country's GDP (estimated in 2010), industry comprises 20% and agriculture comprises 2%. Mexico has a per capita GDP (PPP) of $16,111 and as of 2014 is the 15th largest GDP (nominal) in the world. Being a newly industrialized country, Mexico maintains both modern and outdated industrial and agricultural facilities and operations. Its main sources of income are oil, industrial exports, manufactured goods, electronics, heavy industry, automobiles, construction, food, banking and financial services.


Written on 11/30/2015 - 13:30 by Shawn Blade

Last modified on 10/03/2017 - 03:41

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