The United States of America
is a federal republic
of 50 States
, a capital district
, and a few other territories, mostly in central North America
. The U.S. have three land borders, two with Canada
and one with Mexico
, and are otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean
, the Bering Sea
, the Arctic Ocean
and the Atlantic Ocean
. Of the 50 States, only Alaska
are not contiguous with any other State. The U.S. also have a collection of districts, territories, and possessions
around the world. Each State has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States trace their national origin to the declaration
by 13 British
colonies in 1776
that they were free and independent States. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris
in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower
and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
was an English
colonial venture in North America
from 1620 until 1691. The first settlement was at New Plymouth, a location previously surveyed and named by Captain John Smith
. The settlement, which served as the capital of the colony, is today the modern town of Plymouth
. At its height, Plymouth Colony occupied most of the southeastern portion of the modern state of Massachusetts
Founded by a group of separatists who later came to be known as the Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony was, along with Jamestown, Virginia, one of the earliest colonies to be founded by the English in North America and the first sizable permanent English settlement in the New England region. Aided by Squanto, a Native American, the colony was able to establish a treaty with Chief Massasoit which helped to ensure the colony's success. The colony played a central role in King Philip's War, one of the earliest and bloodiest of the Indian Wars. Ultimately, the colony was annexed by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691.
Plymouth holds a special role in American history. Rather than being entrepreneurs like many of the settlers of Jamestown, the citizens of Plymouth were fleeing religious persecution and searching for a place to worship God as they saw fit. The social and legal systems of the colony were thus closely tied to their religious beliefs. Many of the people and events surrounding Plymouth Colony have become part of American mythology, including the North American tradition known as Thanksgiving and the monument known as Plymouth Rock. Despite the colony's relatively short history, it has become an important symbol of what is now labeled "American", owing largely to its treatment in American public schools.
Selected culture biography
Ieoh Ming Pei
(born 26 April 1917
), commonly known as I. M. Pei
, is a Chinese-American
architect, often called a master of modern architecture
. Born in Canton
and raised in Hong Kong
, Pei drew inspiration at an early age from the gardens at Suzhou
. In 1935 he moved to the United States and enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania
's architecture school, but quickly transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
. He was unhappy with the focus at both schools on Beaux-Arts architecture
, and spent his free time researching the emerging architects, especially Le Corbusier
. After graduating, he joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design
(GSD) and became friends with the Bauhaus
architects Walter Gropius
and Marcel Breuer
. In 1939, he married Eileen Loo, who had introduced him to the GSD community. They have been married for over seventy years, and have six children, including architect C.C. "Didi" Pei.
Pei has won a wide variety of prizes and awards in the field of architecture, including the AIA Gold Medal in 1979, the first Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in 1989, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in 2003. In 1983, he won the Pritzker Prize, sometimes called the Nobel Prize of architecture.
Selected society biography
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton
(born William Jefferson Blythe III
, August 19, 1946) served as the 42nd President of the United States
from 1993 to 2001. At 46 he was the third-youngest president
. He became president at the end of the Cold War
, and was the first baby boomer
president. His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton
, has served as the United States Secretary of State
since January 21, 2009. Each received a Juris Doctor (J.D.)
from Yale Law School
In 2004, he released his autobiography My Life, and was involved in his wife Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently in that of President Barack Obama. In 2009, he was named United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti. In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Clinton teamed with George W. Bush to form the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
is the fourth-largest city in the United States of America
and the largest city within the state of Texas
. As of the 2006 U.S. Census estimate, the city has a population of 2.14 million. Houston is the economic center of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown
metropolitan area—the sixth-largest metropolitan area
in the U.S. with a population of more than 5.5 million.
The city was incorporated on June 5, 1837 and named after then-President of the Republic of Texas—former General Sam Houston. The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city's population. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where Mission Control Center is located.
Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in the energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and technology; only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits—attracting more than 7 million visitors a year to the Houston Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and is one of five U.S. cities that offer year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.
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