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The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US), or America, is a country primarily located in North America, consisting of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million square kilometers), it is the world's third- or fourth-largest country by total area. With a population of more than 328 million people, it is the third most populous country in the world. The national capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City.

Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago, and European colonization began in the 16th century. The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Disputes over taxation and political representation with Great Britain led to the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), which established independence. In the late 18th century, the U.S. began vigorously expanding across North America, gradually acquiring new territories, oftentimes killing and displacing Native Americans, and admitting new states; by 1848, the United States spanned the continent. Slavery was legal in the southern United States until the second half of the 19th century when the American Civil War led to its abolition. The Spanish–American War and World War I established the U.S. as a world power, a status confirmed by the outcome of World War II. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in various proxy wars but avoided direct military conflict. They also competed in the Space Race, culminating in the 1969 spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. The revolutions of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 ended the Cold War. This left the United States as the world's sole superpower, with immense authority in global geopolitics.

The United States is a federal republic and a representative democracy with three separate branches of government, including a bicameral legislature. It is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States (OAS), NATO, and other international organizations. It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. The U.S. ranks high in international measures of economic freedom, quality of life, and quality of higher education. Despite considerable income and wealth disparities, especially across racial divisions compared to other rich countries, the United States continuously ranks high in measures of socioeconomic performance and receives relatively high ratings for human rights, despite criticism for its high incarceration rates, being the only Western country to regularly use capital punishment, and its lack of universal health care among other issues. It is also one of the most racially and ethnically diverse nations in the world, often called a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Its population has been profoundly shaped by centuries of immigration.

A highly developed country, the United States accounts for approximately a quarter of global gross domestic product (GDP) and is the world's largest economy by nominal GDP. By value, the United States is the world's largest importer and the second-largest exporter of goods. Although its population is only 4.2% of the world total, it holds 29.4% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share held by any country. Making up more than a third of global military spending, it is the foremost military power in the world and is a leading political, cultural, and scientific force internationally.

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Crianza de los hijos, mobiliario y utiles
Schema huius praemissae divisionis sphaerarum [page 5]
Novae insvlae XXVI nova tabvla.
Die Neüwen Inseln so hinder Hispanica gegen Orient bey dem Landt Indie ligen.
Les singvlaritez de la France Antarctiqve,avtrement nommeé Amérique: & de plusieurs terres & isles decouuertes de nostre temps
Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio.
Map of the New World
Relación de la jornada de Cibola: donde se trata de aquellos poblados y ritos y costumbres, la quel fué el año de 1540, 1596
America., Abraham Ortelius
Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio.
America with those known parts in that unknowne worlde both people and manner of buildings
Americae sive Indiae occidentalis tabula generalis.
Conflict with the Indians
America noviter delineata
America, siue, India Nova.
Americae nova tabula
Nova Anglia, Novum Belgium, et Virginia
Amerique septentrionale
West-Indische paskaert : waer in de graden der breedde over weder zyden vande middellyn wassende soo vergrooten, ... Vertonende (behalven Europaes zuydlickste) alle de Zee-kusten van Africa en America ...
America: or An exact description of the West-Indies [Title page].
America
America with those known parts in that unknowne worlde both people and manner of buildings.
Americæ nova descriptio
Amerique Septentrionale
Effigy
Olinda de Pernambuco
Paskaert zijde de Noordelickste Zeekusten van America van Groenlandt door de Straet Davis en de Straet Hudson tot Terra Neuf.
Paskaarte van het zuydelijckste van America, van Rio de la Plata tot Caap de Hoorn, ende inde Zuyd Zee, tot B. de Koquimbo.
Pas caarte van Nieu Nederlandt nautical chart
Pas caerte van Nieu Nederlandt en de Engelsche Virginies : van Cabo Cod tot Cabo Canrick
America Septentrionalis.
A map of ye English Empire in ye continent of America : viz Virginia, Maryland, Carolina, New York, New Iarsey, New England, Pennsilvania
A new map of New England, New York, New Iarsey, Pensilvania, Maryland, and Virginia
Amerique septentrionale divisée en ses principales parties : ou sont distingués les vns des autres les estats suivant qu'ils appartiennent presentemet aux François, Castillans, Anglois, Suedois, Danois, Hollandois
Amerique septentrionale divisée en ses principales parties : ou sont distingués les vns des autres les estats suivant quils appartiennent presentemet aux Francois, Castillans, Anglois, Suedois, Danois, Hollandois, tirée des relations de toutes ces nations
Carte particuliere de Virginie, Maryland, Pennsilvanie, la Nouvelle Iarsey orient et occidentale.
Amerique septentrionale divisée en ses principales parties.
Amerique septentrionale divisée en ses principale parties.
Amerique septentrionale divisée en ses principales parties.
L'Amerique septentrionale : dressée sur les observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences & quelques autres, & sur les memoires les plus recens
America.
A new map of Virginia and Maryland
L'Amerique septentrionale : dressée sur les observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences & quelques autres, & sur les memoires les plus recens
A mapp of ye improved part of Pensilvania in America, divided into countyes, townships, and lotts
L'Amerique meridionale et septentrionale
L'Amerique, ou, Le nouveau continent : dresseè sur les memoires les plus nouveaux et sur les relations les plus recentes, rectifiez sur les dernieres observàtions
Carte nouvelle de la mer du Sud : dressèe par ordre des principaux directeurs & tirèe des memoires les plus recents et des relations des navigateurs les plus modernes, tant de France, que d'Espagne l'on ÿa joint, diverses remarques curieuses par raport aux decouvertes des graduations des manierres du pais que de la navigation.
L'Amerique meridionale et septentrionale : dressèe sur les nouvles. decouvtes. et dernieres relations des meilleurs navigateurs decetemps conformes aux observations astronomiques
New England, New York, New Jersey and Pensilvania
New England, New York, New Jersey and Pensilvania
Accurata delineatio celeberrimae regionis Ludovicianae vel Gallice Louisiane ot. Canadae et Floridae adpellatione in Septemtrionali America : descriptae quae hodie nomine fluminis Mississippi vel St. Louis per colonias et navigationes Gallorum ob immensas opes et adfluentiam magis magisque inclarescit ex fide digniss.
America
A chart of the sea coast of New Foundland, New Scotland, New England, New York, New Jersey, with Virginia and Maryland.
A New map of Virginia.
Carte d'Amerique : dressée pour l'usage du Roy
A new chart of the vast Atlantic Ocean : exhibiting the seat of war, both in Europe and America, likewise the trade winds & course of sailing from one continent to the other, with the banks, shoals and rocks drawn according to the latest discoveries, and regulated by astronomical observations
A new chart of the vast Atlantic Ocean : exhibiting the seat of war, both in Europe and America, likewise the trade winds & course of sailing from one continent to the other, with the banks, shoals and rocks drawn according to the latest discoveries, and regulated by astronomical observations
Americae mappa generalis : secundum legitimas projectionis stereographicae regulas ...
A new map of Virginia from the best authorities
A map of the British Empire in America : with the French, Spanish and Hollandish settlements adjacent thereto
Carte des terres nouvellement connues au nord de la Mer du Sud, tant du Côtè de l'Asie que du Côte de l'Amerique ...
A compleat chart of the coast of Asia and America with the great South Sea
His excellency Arthur Dobbs esq., captain general, governour in chief and vice admiral of the Provence of North Carolina in America.
A new chart of the vast Atlantic Ocean : exhibiting the seat of war, both in Europe and America, likewise the trade winds & course of sailing from one continent to the other, with the banks, shoals and rocks drawn according to the latest discoveries,
America Septentrionalis a Domino d'Anville in Galliis edita nunc in Anglia : Coloniis in interiorem Virginiam deductis nec non Fluvii Ohio cursu aucta notisque geographicis et historicis illustrata
Carte reduite des mers comprises entre l'Asie et l'Amerique : apelées par les navigateurs Mer du Sud ou Mer pacifique : pour servir aux vaisseaux du Roi
Sir William Johnson, major general of the English forces in America.
Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae implantata Anglorumque coloniis florentissima
Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae implantata Anglorumque coloniis florentissima
L'Amerique : divisèe en ses principaux etats, assujetie aux observations astronomiqes.
L'Amerique septentrionale : dressée sur les observations de Mrs. de l'Academie royale des sciences & quelques autres, & sur les memoires les plus recens
L'Amerique divisée par grands etats
An accurate map of the British, French & Spanish settlements in Nth. America and the West Indies : as stipulated by the preliminary articles of peace sign'd at Fontainebleau by the ministers of Great Britain, France & Spain, Novr. 3d, 1762.
Carte générale de l'Amérique séptentrionale : avec les posséssions Angloises dans cette partie du nouveau monde
Carte réduite de l'Ocean occidental contenant partie des costes d'Europe et d'Afrique : depuis le 51e dégré de latitude septentrionale jusqu'à l'Equateur et celles de l'Amerique qui leur sont opposées
Carte réduite de l'Ocean occidental contenant partie des costes d'Europe et d'Afrique : depuis le 51e dégré de latitude septentrionale jusqu'à l'Equateur et celles de l'Amerique qui leur sont opposées
A map of that part of America where a degree of latitude was measured for the Royal Society
Guillaume de L'Isle - America Septentrionalis
Petition to George III, King of Great Britain, 1775
Carte nouvelle de l'Amerique angloise : contenant tout ce que les Anglois possedent sur le continent de l'Amerique septentrionale voir le Canada, la Nouvelle Ecosse ou Acadie, les treize provinces unies qui sont: les quatres colonies de la Nouvelle Angleterre ... avec la Floride
Carte nouvelle de l'Amerique angloise : contenant tout ce que les Anglois possedent sur le continent de l'Amerique septentrionale voir le Canada, la Nouvelle Ecosse ou Acadie, les treize provinces unies qui sont: les quatres colonies de la Nouvelle Angleterre ... avec la Floride
A map of that part of Pensylvania now the principal seat of war in America : wherein may be seen the situation of Philadelphia, Red Bank, Mud Island, & Germantown
Carte du theatre de la guerre presente en Amerique
Carte du theatre de la guerre presente en Amerique
A new map or chart in Mercators projection of the Western or Atlantic Ocean : with part of Europe, Africa and America.
Carte generale des colonies angloises dans l'Amerique Septentrionale pour l'intelligence de la guerre presente
L'Amerique suivant le R.P. Charlevoix Jte., Mr. de la Condamine, et plusieurs autres ....
Carte des Etats-Unis de l'Amerique suivant le Traité de Paix de 1783
Alexander Hamilton plan of a constitution for America
L'America secondo leultime osservazioni divisa né suoistati principali
Chart of the coast of America : From Cape Henry to Albermarle Sound.
Amerique septentrionale divisée en ses principales parties.
An inquiry into the causes of the insurrection of the Negroes in the island of St. Domingo : to which are added, observations of M. Garran-Coulon on the same subject, read in his absence by M. Guadet, before the National Assembly, 29th Feb. 1792
Amerique septentrionale divisée en ses principales parties.
Plan der stad Washington : bestemd tot de hoofdstad van America, en ter bestendige verblijfplaats van het Congres, naa het jaar 1800.
Plan of the city of Washington : now building for the metropolis of America, and established as the permanent residence of Congress after the year 1800
A new and general map of the middle dominions belonging to the United States of America : viz. Virginia, Maryland, the Delaware-counties, Pennsylvania, New Jersey &c. with the addition of New York, & of the greatest part of New England &c as also of the bordering parts of the British possessions in Canada.
United States of Nth. America = Carte des Etats-unis de l'Amérique septentrionale
Map of the northern parts of the United States of America
Western Hemisphere.
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