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 The Americas

The Americas (also collectively called America) comprise the totality of the continents of North and South America (sometimes regarded as one continent). Together, they make up most of the land in Earth's western hemisphere and compose the New World.


Along with their associated islands, they cover 8% of Earth's total surface area and 28.4% of its land area. The topography is dominated by the American Cordillera, a long chain of mountains that runs the length of the west coast. The flatter eastern side of The Americas is dominated by large river basins, such as the Amazon, St. Lawrence River / Great Lakes basin, Mississippi, and La Plata. Since The Americas extend 14,000 km (8,700 mi) from north to south, the climate and ecology vary widely, from the arctic tundra of Northern Canada, Greenland, and Alaska, to the tropical rain forests in Central America and South America.


Humans first settled The Americas from Asia between 42,000 and 17,000 years ago. A second migration of Na-Dene speakers followed later from Asia. The subsequent migration of the Inuit into the neoarctic around 3500 BCE completed what is generally regarded as the settlement by the indigenous peoples of The Americas.


The first known European settlement in The Americas was by the Norse explorer Leif Ericson. However, the colonization never became permanent and was later abandoned. The voyages of Christopher Columbus from 1492 to 1502 resulted in permanent contact with European (and subsequently, other Old World) powers, which led to the Columbian exchange. Diseases introduced from Europe and West Africa devastated the indigenous peoples, and the European powers colonized The Americas. Mass emigration from Europe, including large numbers of indentured servants, and importation of African slaves largely replaced the indigenous peoples.


Decolonization of The Americas began with the American Revolution in 1776 and Haitian Revolution in 1791. Currently, almost all of the population of The Americas resides in independent countries; however, the legacy of the colonization and settlement by Europeans is that The Americas share many common cultural traits, most notably Christianity and the use of Indo-European languages: primarily Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, and to a lesser extent Dutch.


The population is over 1 billion, with over 65% of them living in one of the three most populous countries (the United States, Brazil, and Mexico). As of the beginning of the 2010s, the most populous urban agglomerations are Mexico City (Mexico), New York (U.S.), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Los Angeles (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), all of them megacities (metropolitan areas with ten million inhabitants or more).

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Shining Resonance Refrain will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam on July 10 in the Americas and Europe, Sega announced. As previously announced, launch edition copies will be the “Draconic Launch Edition,” which includes a collectible metal slipcase featuring character ...
As the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), PAHO's Regional Immunization Action Plan has called for a strengthening of immunization programs in the region. Challenges to improving vaccination rates have including a lack of universal access to vaccines, pressure ...

This week's episode of Encore Houston takes us down to Central and South America with Aperio, Music of the Americas. In their concert “Xochiquetzal/Kukulkan,” the featured works draw inspiration largely from culture and religion, with a Colombian/Afro-Cuban divertimento, an homage to a Peruvian ...
Havana, Cuba, 23 April 2018 (PAHO/WHO) – The most important vaccination initiative on the continent, Vaccination Week in the Americas, kicked off today in Cuba for the first time. As part of this campaign, led by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) since 2003, 70 million people will be ...
Panorama: Women in Latin America's 2018 Elections. By EMILIE SWEIGART Jennifer Piscopo, an expert on political representation in the Americas, spoke to AQ about women's participation in the region's pivotal year of elections. (Available online April 30) ...
Last year Panama became the second Central American country to establish diplomatic ties with China. This is the latest example of how Chinese investment in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region has afforded Beijing closer political ties. As the US reduces its influence south of the border, ...

Marc Marquez and the Honda Repsol MotoGP team collected their sixth consecutive win at the Circuit of the Americas this afternoon, following the Spaniard's commanding win that saw him finish a massive 3.5 seconds ahead of the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales. Suzuki's Andrea Iannone finished in third ...
At Circuit of the Americas after a morning and early afternoon of dry conditions during qualifying for the MotoGP classes on Saturday, it was dark and wet for MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1. The wet conditions resulted in a surprising podium with Matthew Scholtz taking the win over all factory riders on his ...
Formula One drivers get it easy. They have four spinning tires and a screaming engine to rocket them up the whopper of a hill at the start of the Circuit of the Americas. Bicyclists, who swarm the track every Tuesday night this time of the year, have only their leg muscles to help them crest the summit.
Rick Pauza with U.S. Customs and Border Protection says, “The SENTIR lane is going to move from the Juarez Lincoln Bridge to the Gateway to the Americas on April 29th. The reason for this movement is that with the construction project at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge, we are going to demolish the eastern ...
When leaders and top officials from many of the 35 countries of the Western Hemisphere gathered in Lima, Peru, last weekend for the Summit of the Americas, the headliners were absent. U.S. President Donald Trump, faced with a legal storm at home and a crisis in Syria abroad, cancelled at the last ...
LIMA, Peru, April 14, 2018 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded his participation at the VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. There, he met with other world leaders to discuss the importance of democratic governance and promote deeper economic cooperation that builds a ...
As leaders from across the Americas now converge in Peru for the VIII Summit of the Americas to discuss corruption (spoiler alert: they're officially opposed), the world has changed dramatically since the first Summit, hosted by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and not just because of Xi. President Trump is ...
Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society, and Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, talk with host Carol Castiel about US President Donald Trump's decision to skip the Summit of ...
The Summit of the Americas — a large gathering of leaders from countries in the region, including Mexico and Brazil — kicked off on Friday in Lima, Peru, with one glaring absence: President Donald Trump. The White House said Tuesday that Trump — who was originally scheduled to attend the two-day ...
The Latest on the Summit of the Americas (all times local):. 4:55 p.m.. Vice President Mike Pence says the United States stands with Venezuelans fleeing the rule of President Nicolas Maduro. Pence said in a meeting Friday with Venezuelan opposition leaders in Lima, Peru, that "we are with you to see ...
LIMA, Peru >> The Latest on the Summit of the Americas (all times local):. >> 3:55 P.M.. Cuban President Raul Castro has joined a growing list of foreign leaders skipping the Summit of the Americas. After President Donald Trump bailed on the summit to stay in Washington, and Nicolas Maduro of ...

Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society, and Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, talk with host Carol Castiel about US President Donald Trump's decision to skip the Summit of ...
Sweet potato history casts doubt on early contact between Polynesia and the Americas. Date: April 12, 2018; Source: Cell Press; Summary: New evidence shows that sweet potatoes arose before there were any humans around to eat them. The findings also suggest that the sweet potato crossed the ocean from America to ...
SAN ANTONIO - Fifty years after the opening of Tower of the Americas a man who helped build it shared photos of the construction of the tower. Richard Castillo is a former apprentice with the Sheet Metal Workers Union who shared photos of the tower as it was being built in 1966. Castillo's daughter ...
Washington — Although perhaps justified by the tragic events in Syria, President Trump's last-minute decision to skip the eighth Summit of the Americas, which begins this week in Lima, Peru, was discouraging to his Latin American and Caribbean counterparts. Most probably see it as confirmation of his ...
13:04 Season 2, Ep. 3: Hangin' at the Grammys | Hangin' With Los Henrys Hangin with Los Henrys Recommended for you 7:38 Veteran Can't Pay or Afford Food in San Antonio, Texas | What Would You Do? | WWYD What Would You Do? 23M views 4:09 Tower of the Americas for Sunset | San Antonio, TX Perfect Little ...
President Donald Trump and leader Raul Castro will attend the Summit of the Americas next week in Peru. Peruvian ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Pareja says Trump and Castro are among the 14 leaders from the hemisphere that will be in the April 13-14 meeting, which will focus on democratic ...
The changes will impact more than 160 Radisson properties either in operation or under development throughout the Americas, the company said in a statement. In addition, the new initiative will likely result in the removal of 10 to 15 percent of non-compliant hotels in the current Radisson portfolio, the ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump will meet Raul Castro next week when both attend the Summit of the Americas in Peru, just days before the Cuban leader cedes power. Peruvian ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Pareja says Trump and Castro are among the 14 leaders from the hemisphere that ...
For half a millennium, this polyglot, many-cultured city was the center of civilization in the Americas. It traded with other civilizations, like the Maya and the Oaxacans. At LACMA you can see trade goods from the far corners of Mexico and Central America, whose people resided in their own Barrios in ...
MALVERN, Pa. - April 2, 2018 - Ricoh USA, Inc. today proudly announced that Joji Tokunaga has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ricoh in the Americas. He brings 33 years of sales, marketing and management experience to this latest leadership position. In this role, Mr. Tokunaga ...
Evaluating Vaccination Strategies for Zika Virus in the Americas. David P. Durham, PhD; Meagan C. Fitzpatrick, PhD; Martial L. Ndeffo-Mbah, PhD; Alyssa S. Parpia, MPH; Nelson L. Michael, MD, PhD; Alison P. Galvani, PhD. David P. Durham, PhD. Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis, Yale ...
March 31st, 2018 – The World Health Organization has issued a warning regarding the ongoing measles outbreaks in the Americas and Europe stating that health officials should redouble efforts to vaccinate their populations, according to an epidemiological update. Measles was declared eliminated from ...
The owner of the Mall of the Americas near Miami wants to expand and redevelop the property to welcome new tenants, including an Aldi grocery store and Burlington Coat Factory. Miami-Dade County officials recently reviewed a pre-development application on March 21 from mall owner SC MOTA ...
Murphy, who has 27 years' experience of gaming journalism, commented: “This is an exciting time to be a part of the growing team of experts at SBC Global with a fantastic new website devoted to the Americas. The US market, specifically, is heading towards a period of incredible transformation and we're ...
Portada presents the highest level unit of Portada's Council System: the Council of the Americas, a group of highly regarded C-level executives that share their enthusiasm for Marketing, Tech and Media in the Americas. The Council of the Americas also serves as an advisory unit steering Portada's editorial ...
The women took part in a public conversation at the University of the West Indies Mona campus entitled “A Journey for Justice in the Americas,” hosted by Amnesty International Caribbean/Caribe/Caraibes and supported by local human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice. They used the occasion to ...
A driver was arrested after 33 pounds of methamphetamine were found in the spare tire of a vehicle Monday at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, officials said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found the meth at 6:30 a.m. while inspecting a 1989 GMC Suburban crossing the border, CBP said ...
'Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals: Good Practices in the Americas' provides 14 case studies from across the region on why tourism ranks high among the economic sectors better positioned to enable the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development ...
Washington, D.C., March 19, 2018 (PAHO/WHO) - A strong political commitment and public policies involving all sectors of government are needed to address noncommunicable diseases, which take 5.2 million lives a year and involve enormous costs for the countries of the Americas, said Carissa F.
But a number of complications, including the Peruvian president's resignation last week, have thrown the meeting into turmoil. Why it matters: Since President Clinton started it in 1994, the Summit of the Americas has been long on rhetoric and short on policy, but it remains the only forum for the hemisphere's heads of state ...
General of the Organization of America States (OAS) Luis Almagro to exclude Cuba from the 8th Summit of The Americas, to be held in Peru. The Republican governor, who openly opposed the decision by former president Barack Obama to start a normalization process with Cuba and who has also backed ...
Gov. Rick Scott on Friday called for the exclusion of "the Cuban dictatorship" from the upcoming Summit of the Americas April 13 and 14 in Lima, Peru. In a letter to Secretary General Luis Almagro of the Organization of American States, Scott called on Almagro's "commitment to the democracy requirement" ...
The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday began the celebration of a week commemorating the contributions of persons of African descent to the social, economic, political and cultural development of the Americas, including the Caribbean. The OAS said it will celebrate the Inter-American ...
Kuczynski denied any allegations of corruption, but the timing of his resignation could not be worse. In just three weeks Peru is scheduled to host the next Summit of the Americas, a periodic gathering of regional leaders including President Donald Trump, when the eyes of much of the region will be focused ...
Kuczynski denied any allegations of corruption, but the timing of his resignation could not be worse. In just three weeks Peru is scheduled to host the next Summit of the Americas, a periodic gathering of regional leaders including President Donald Trump, when the eyes of much of the region will be focused ...
The eighth Summit of the Americas is scheduled to be held a few days before this illegitimate transfer of power. President Donald Trump should use the summit's theme of “Democratic Governance Against Corruption” as an opportunity to publicly condemn Cuba's sham elections. While the region will not ...
Washington, DC – A photographic exhibition entitled “Reclaiming the legacy of our leaders of African descent in the Americas 1809 – 1910” was mounted at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. This photo exhibition honoured the African heritage of some of the hemisphere' s most ...
In 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton convened the first Summit of the Americas in Miami, Florida, for one purpose: to establish the so-called Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA, a trade zone to span the continent between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The project was started with the idea that trade ...
GatesAir has promoted Mark Goins to senior director of sales for the Americas, reporting to Vice President of Sales Joseph W. Mack. Additionally, Nick vanHaaster will expand his regional responsibility to cover Goins' previously-assigned states — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Goins will now be responsible ...
West Caldwell, N.J. – Fishing in Florida at this time of year is usually very good, and it's not always limited to the sea. At Graphics of the Americas, held Feb. 22-24 at the Broward Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Microcut/Colter & Peterson experienced an uptick in traffic and had plenty of action on their ...
All three of the announced events will happen during World RX race weekends at Silverstone Circuit in the U.K., a street circuit in Quebec, and Circuit of The Americas in Austin, so this first year sounds like a type of soft launch in front of an expected crowd—with “American Rallycross” acting as an additional ...
Both of them are available in six flavors: milk, milk hazelnut, surfin, Lindor, Cresta milk and Cresta white. Peter Zehnder, head of the Lindt global duty free division, said, “for us, as for many in the travel retail business, the Americas is a key priority and it is important for us to forge even stronger relationships ...
However, experts also believe that Trump's visit involves other factors, such as an attempt to take advantage of his approchement with North Korea. The Boston University International Relations and Sociology Professor Susan Eckstein, affirmed that Trump “wants to get support and counteract the criticism ...


 

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