North America is the third largest continent  and the fourth most populous. It forms a continuous land mass with South America and is almost completely in the Western Hemisphere. The Americas most likely were named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci by two German mapmakers who Latinized the name to Americus, then America, although there are a couple of other theories as to the source of the name. Geographically, North America extends from the Arctic Ocean to the border between Panama and Colombia; for the purposes of this website, I am considering the part of the land mass which rests on the North American tectonic plate as defining North America. Interestingly, this then includes Greenland–the world’s largest island, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the western half of Iceland along with Canada, the United States, Mexico, Belize, the northern part of Guatemala, and a small portion of Siberia

    The Native population most likely came to America from Siberia across the Bering Strait land bridge during the last Ice Age–approximately 15,000 years ago; there is substantial evidence that immigrants also arrived from the Far East in boats and traveled south to the tip of South America. Following the arrival of Norse Vikings in Greenland in the 10th century, and the ‘discovery’ of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492, a plethora of explorers and exploiters from the European Kingdoms of Great Britain, France, Spain, Portugal and Russia continued the settlement of North America. Today it is likely the most ethnically and racially diverse continent on Earth.

  Although North America has some fascinating archeological ruins from the Pre-Columbian cultures of the Aztec, the Maya, and the Inca, the Anasazi and the Moundbuilders, most tourists come to see the great and grand natural wonders of the continent: the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, the Great Lakes, the Great Plains, plus Niagara Falls and many more. In the winter, even more tourists seek the warm seas and sands along the coasts of Florida and Mexico.

Places I've visited are marked in red

Canada's Maritime Provinces — Sept & Oct, 2016

        Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Quebec

Canada's Atlantic Provinces – September, 2016

     Nunavut, Labrador, Newfoundland

Greenland — September, 2016

The Canadian Rocky Mountains — June, 2016

         Alberta, Canada & Montana, USA

Across Canada by Train — 2013

       British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario

      Vancouver to Toronto

America's Western National Parks — June, 2012

Land of the Polar Bears — November, 2010

      Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Cruisin' Cuba — March, 2015

Commonwealth of The Bahamas




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