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United States, the U.S., the USA, or America) is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to its east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories, or insular areas, in the Caribbean and Pacific.At 3.79 million square miles is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to its east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories, or insular areas, in the Caribbean and Pacific.At 3.79 million square miles and with about 306 million people, the United States is the third or fourth largest country by total area, and third largest by land area and by population. The United States is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The U.S. economy is the largest national economy in the world, with an estimated 2008 gross domestic product of US $14.3 trillion .The nation was founded by thirteen colonies of Great Britain located along the Atlantic seaboard. On July 4, 1776, they issued the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed their independence from Great Britain and their formation of a cooperative union. The rebellious states defeated Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, the first successful colonial war of independence. The Philadelphia Convention adopted the current United States Constitution on September 17, 1787; its ratification the following year made the states part of a single republic with a strong central government. The Bill of Rights, comprising ten constitutional amendments guaranteeing many fundamental civil rights and freedoms, was ratified in 1791.In the 19th century, the United States acquired land from France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Russia, and annexed the Republic of Texas and the Republic of Hawaii. Disputes between the agrarian South and industrial North over states' rights and the expansion of the institution of slavery provoked the American Civil War of the 1860s. The North's victory prevented a permanent split of the country and led to the end of legal slavery in the United States. By the 1870s, the national economy was the world's largest. The SpanishAmerican War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a military power. In 1945, the United States emerged from World War II as the first country with nuclear weapons, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and a founding member of NATO. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union left the United States as the sole superpower. The country accounts for approximately 50% of global military spending and is a leading economic, political, and cultural force in the world.

   
 
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Music of United States - Washington
Music of United States The music of the United States reflects the country's multi-ethnic population through a diverse array of styles. Rock and roll, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, and hip hop are among the country's most internationally-renowned genres. Since the beginning of the 20th century, some forms of American popular music have gained a near global audience.Native Americans were the earliest inhabitants of the United States and played its first music. Beginning in the 17th century, immigrants from the British Isles, Spain, and France began arriving in large numbers, bringing with them new styles and instruments. African slaves brought musical traditions, and each subsequent wave of immigrants contributed to a melting pot. Much o...

Cuisine of the United States - Washington
Cuisine of the United States The cuisine of the United States is a style of cooking derived from the United States. The cuisine has a history dating back before the colonial period when the Native Americans had a rich and diverse cooking style for an equally diverse amount of ingredients. With European colonization, the style of cookery changed vastly, with numerous ingredients introduced from Europe, as well as cooking styles and modern cookbooks. The style of cookery continued to expand into the 19th and 20th centuries with the influx of immigrants from various nations across the world. This influx has created a rich diversity in the country that has also created a unique regional character throughout the country. In addition to cookery, cheese...

State Parks Pennsylvania - Washington
State Parks Pennsylvania As many of us know there is nothing more exciting than going to state parks. Unlike the usual parks you will find that state parks offer you more. Of these the State parks Pennsylvania are very interesting. You will find that in a state park you will not have to worry about what to wear. Your usual State parks Pennsylvania have a mixture of areas where people can interact in nature safely and areas where the wildlife holds sway. In each of these different state parks you will find that there are lots of great activities that families can enjoy. These activities can include ones like camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating and of course seeing what can be found in the many different nature trails. As you look ...

Seattle International Film Festival - Washington
Seattle International Film Festival Seattle International Film Festival May 25 - June 18, 2006 - Various Locations throughout Seattle Washington The 31st Annual Seattle Film Festival promises to be an exciting Viewing Event. Experience 25 Days of intense film viewing, where you can indulge in every type of cinema from the US & around the globe. From `famous` Directors to Independent Filmmakers, more than 300 Works will be showcased during this popular event. Screenings, Panels and Workshops will be held at several different venues including; Egyptian, Harvard Exit, AMC Pacific Place 11 Theatres, Broadway Performance Hall, Cinerama and Paramount Theatre.

Northwest Folklife Festival - Washington
Northwest Folklife Festival Northwest Folklife Festival Through June 18, 2006 - Various Locations throughout Seattle Washington This is the largest Folk Festival in the Country... drawing thousands of people from all over the world, to come and enjoy the multitude of Ethnic Traditions showcased here, which include: Food... Dance... Art... and Crafts. Watch hundreds of Cultural Acts on 18 Stages set up around the 74 Acres of Seattle Center. Bring the kids... find a spot on the spacious lawns... and enjoy the sights and music on a beautiful Seattle spring weekend. Northwest Folklife Festivities begin each day at 11:00 AM, and end at 11:00 PM Source: http://www.seattle-downtown.com