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The United States of America The United States of America is one of the richest and most powerful countries in the world An abundant amount of natural resources and the energetic inventive people have created a society that has become a model for much of the rest of the world The United States is a country of contrasts It has some of the coldest hottest driest wettest and windiest places on the Earth The History of the United States of America The earliest known inhabitants of North America were the American Indians whom came from Asia by traveling over a land bridge known as the Bering Strait some 25000 years ago After the explorer Christopher Columbus came upon the New World in 1492 Spanish French and British explorers and colonists arrived In 1565 the Spaniards established the city of St Augustine which became the oldest permanent settlement in the United States In 1585 the British settled a colony on Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina The colony was later known as the Lost Colony due to the mysterious disappearance of the settlers The first British settlement was established at Jamestown Virginia in 1607 In 1620 the pilgrims of England landed at Plymouth Rock Massachusetts in a boat known as the Mayflower By 1775 thirteen British colonies had been established On April 191775 the Revolutionary War began in Massachusetts The colonist were unhappy with the British government and its taxation On July 4 1776 the thirteen colonies declared themselves independent by issuing the Declaration of Independence The colonists defeated the British Army in 1781 under the leadership of General George Washington A constitution was ratified by the newly formed Congress in 1788 In 1789 Washington was elected Americas first president The Bill of Rights which contained the first ten amendments of the Constitution was adopted in 1791 In 1848 expansion of
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