North America. North America Geographical Facts. North America is the 3 rd largest continent, containing 16.5% of the earth’s total land area. North America is the 4 th most populous continent with a population around 515 million .
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The first Americans migrated from Asia during the Ice Ages thousands of years ago.
They spread across N. America and developed societies based on the natural environment of the area they lived in.
The first civilizations developed in the Mesoamerica region because it was the first area to support agriculture.
Over time, North America was colonized by various European colonies, and the cultures of these early societies blended in with the various European cultures that were brought over – this is known as cultural convergence.
The islands of the Caribbean are sometimes called the West Indies because when Christopher Columbus discovered them, he believed he was in the Indies Islands (East Indies) that are located in the Pacific.
These islands can be divided into two groups:
The Greater Antilles – the big islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico
The Lesser Antilles – the Lesser Antilles are an archipelago, which is a group or chain of islands