North America is a continent in the Earth's northern hemisphere and western hemisphere. It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southeast by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by the North Pacific Ocean; South America lies to the southeast. It covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 4.8% of the planet's surface or about 16.5% of its land area. As of July 2008, its population was estimated at nearly 529 million people. It is the third-largest continent in area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth in population after Asia, Africa, and Europe. North America and South America are collectively known as the Americas or simply America.
North and South America are generally accepted as having been named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who explored South America between 1497 and 1502, and was the first European to suggest that the Americas were not the East Indies. Scientists have several theories as to the origins of the early human population of North America. The indigenous peoples of North America themselves have many creation myths, by which they assert that they have been present on the land since its creation. Before contact with Europeans, the natives of North America were divided into many different polities, from small bands of a few families to large empires. They lived in several "culture areas", which roughly correspond to geographic and biological zones and give a good indication of the main lifeway or occupation of the people who lived there.
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The Panic of 1907,
also known as the 1907 Bankers' Panic
, was a financial crisis
that occurred in the United States
when the New York Stock Exchange
fell close to 50 percent from its peak the previous year. Panic occurred during a time of economic recession
, when there were numerous runs on banks
and trust companies
. The 1907 panic eventually spread throughout the nation when many state and local banks and businesses entered into bankruptcy
. Primary causes of the run include a retraction of market liquidity
by a number of New York City
banks, loss of confidence among depositors
, and the absence of a statutory lender of last resort
The crisis occurred after the failure of an attempt in October 1907 to corner the market on stock of the United Copper Company. When this bid failed, banks that had lent money to the cornering scheme suffered runs that later spread to affiliated banks and trusts, leading a week later to the downfall of the Knickerbocker Trust Company—New York City's third-largest trust. The collapse of the Knickerbocker spread fear throughout the city's trusts as regional banks withdrew reserves from New York City banks. Panic extended across the nation as vast numbers of people withdrew deposits from their regional banks.
In late 1882, the last of several major fires swept through the lower half of Kingston, Jamaica. In this engraving from the Illustrated London News, we see some of the destruction caused. Top row: Left, the view from the Royal Mail Steam-Ship Company's Wharf. Centre, Peter-lane, from Barry-street, looking south. Right, In Harbour Street. Second Row: Left, German Synagogue, Orange-street. Right, Harbour-street from King-street. Third row: Left, Ruins from McDonald's Wharf, King-street. Centre, Portuguese Synagogue, from Princess-street. Right, Water-lane, from King-street. Bottom Row: Left, Princess-street, from Port Royal-street, looking north. Right, Peter-lane, from Town-street.
||Who could conquer Tenochitlán? Who could shake the foundation of heaven?
— Unknown Aztec
International Business Times
International Business Times
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:55:09 -0700
Nintendo will launch a new version of its handheld console, the 3DS and 3DS XL, targeted at the hardcore gamer market, but it won't launch in North America until 2015. The updated device will have a second analog stick and additional shoulder buttons, ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:16:40 -0700
Evrod: THEY CAN, ABOUT 20,000 PEOPLE WILL BE HERE FOR THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA HOSTED RIGHT HERE IN DETROIT. IT'S THE FIRST TIME IT WILL BE IN OUR CITY. AND GETTING IT HERE, WELL, IT WASN'T EASY.
Triangle Business Journal
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:37:30 -0700
Patheon, a contract manufacturer of pharmaceutical products, had production facilities in Australia and the Netherlands, but nothing closer to North America where many of its customers are based. The thought of growing organically is always an option, ...
Sky News Australia
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:48:45 -0700
Tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year, according to IDC. The group revised its estimates after what it called a “second quarter of softer than expected demand.” The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:12:32 -0700
North America's inaugural cat café will open this Saturday in Montreal. Le Café des Chats was just one in a litter of non-pop-up, feline-themed coffeeshops jockeying to be the first to welcome customers on the continent. Others will open soon in the ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:15 -0700
North America had its great prehistoric cities, too—for example, ancient Cahokia near St. Louis, Missouri, or Chaco Canyon in New Mexico—but for years most archaeologists assumed little contact between the cultures. Chocolate may change that picture, ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:27:33 -0700
A new study, published in Science, shows that the first people to populate the Arctic regions of North America and Greenland were a group who moved into the area from Siberia around 3,000 B.C. They lived in isolation for almost 4,000 years, before ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:52:30 -0700
Vigorous drydock gets set afloat and sent to new Swan Island home A $40 million floating drydock called Vigorous was set afloat Wednesday north of the St. Johns Bridge after being carried across the Pacific Ocean by the world's largest heavy-lift ship.
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