The United States of America (USA) was established after a Declaration of Independence which separated the country from the British Isles in 1776. A new Constitution was drafted which established a Federal system which has remained unchanged. Americans celebrate Independence Day each year on 4th July.
It is one of the largest countries in the world, in terms of land and sea area. There are 50 States and also the Federal District of Washington DC. The American flag features 50 stars – one for each State.
The USA is a major worldwide tourist destination attracting millions of tourists, both national and international each year. The country is home to many iconic tourist landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, New York City, the Twin Towers Memorial among many others. The country also offers a diverse range of attractions from watching and playing sport to cultural pastimes to fine food and drink.
The USA has an extremely diverse population and is often described as a “melting pot” of ethnic and racial diversity – a defining moment was the election in 2008 of the country’s first African American President Barack Obama and his re-election in 2012. The 22nd amendment states that “no person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice”.
On 8th November 2016, the Republican Donald Trump beat the Democrat Hilary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States. The next elections are due in November 2020.
At a glance facts
- Population – 332,639,102 (2020)
- Languages – English and Spanish
- International Dialling Code – 1
- Time – The USA is 5 hours behind the United Kingdom