(16,428,000 sq mi)
|GDP per capita||$28,428|
The Americas (also collectively called America;
Along with their
The first known European settlement in the Americas was by the
Diseases introduced from
The Americas are home to over a billion inhabitants, two-thirds of whom reside in the
The name America was first recorded in 1507.
In modern English, North and South America are generally considered separate continents, and taken together are called America or the Americas in the plural. When conceived as a unitary continent, the form is generally the continent of America in the singular. However, without a clarifying context, singular America in English commonly refers to the
Historically, in the English-speaking world, the term America used to refer to a single continent until the 1950s (as in
While it might seem surprising to find North and South America still joined into a single continent in a book published in the United States in 1937, such a notion remained fairly common until World War II. It cannot be coincidental that this idea served American geopolitical designs at the time, which sought both Western Hemispheric domination and disengagement from the "Old World" continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa. By the 1950s, however, virtually all American geographers had come to insist that the visually distinct landmasses of North and South America deserved separate designations.
This shift did not seem to happen in most other