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The combined continents of North and South America

The Americas (also collectively called America; French: Amérique, Spanish/Portuguese: América) comprise the totality of the continents of North and South America. Together, they make up most of the land in Earth's western hemisphere and comprise the New World.

Geographical type: Continent

Latitude: 19° N — Longitude: 96° W

Area: 42,549,000 km²

Notable Places

  • America, Central - Isthmus joining North and South America
  • America, Latin - The Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking regions of the Americas
  • America, North - Continent occupying the northern part of the Western Hemisphere
  • America, South - Continent occupying the Western Hemisphere south of the Isthmus of Panama
  • Indies, West - The islands of the Caribbean


Empire on Their Minds, by Sheldon Richman, The Goal Is Freedom, 14 Mar 2014
First compares recent Russian and U.S. imperialistic behavior, then delves into the imperial tendencies of the Founding Fathers and early U.S. Presidents
Adams was the main author of the Monroe Doctrine, which announced not only that the United States would stand aloof from Europe’s quarrels, but also that the Western Hemisphere was exclusively the U.S. government's sphere of influence: "The American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers," for any such extension would be taken as "dangerous to our peace and safety [i.e., our national security]." So keep out of our backyard, Europe, and we'll keep out of yours.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Americas" as of 20 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.