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North America

A northern subcontinent of the Americas!

North America
North America (Spanish: América del Norte or Norteamérica; French: Amérique du Nord; Dutch: Noord-Amerika; Papiamento: Nort Amerika; Kalaallisut: Amerika Avannarleq) is the northern continent of the Americas, situated in the northern hemisphere and in the western hemisphere. It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southeast by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by the North Pacific Ocean; South America lies to the southeast.

The Americas are usually accepted as having been named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci by the German cartographers Martin Waldseemüller and Matthias Ringmann.

The prevalent languages in North America are English, Spanish, and French. The term Anglo-America is used to refer to the anglophone countries of the Americas: namely Canada (where English and French are co-official) and the United States.

Places and informational links for North America:

The term North America has many definitions on location and context. In English, North America may be used to refer to the United States and Canada together. Other usage sometimes includes Greenland and Mexico (as in the North American Free Trade Agreement), as well as offshore islands.

In Ibero-America (the countries in the Americas that were formerly colonies of Spain or Portugal) and other parts of Europe, North America usually designates a subcontinent of the Americas containing Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and often Greenland, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, and Bermuda.

North America has been historically referred to by other names. Spanish North America (New Spain) was often referred to as Northern America, and this was the first official name given to Mexico.

Countries of North America in local languages
Names of the countries of North and Central America and the Caribbean in local languages
North America National Geographic
A guide to North America with articles, photos, facts, videos, and news from National Geographic

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