North America, third-largest of the seven continents, including Canada (the second-largest country in area in the world), the United States (4th largest), and Mexico (13th largest). The continental shelf also includes Greenland (the largest island); the large archipelago of Arctic islands; the island of Newfoundland; Nova Scotia; and the small French overseas department of St Pierre and Miquelon. With more than 380 million inhabitants (1994 estimate), North America is the 4th most populous continent; the United States ranks 4th and Mexico 11th in population among the world's countries. Canada and the United States have technologically developed early modern economies, and Mexico, although less technologically developed than its neighbours, contains some of the world's greatest deposits of petroleum and natural gas.
Together with Central America, the West Indies, and South America, North America makes up what is sometimes known as the western hemisphere of the Earth. North America is sometimes defined to include Central America and the West Indies, which are treated separately in this encyclopedia (although in History articles, Mexico is included in Central America). The name America is derived from that of the Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci, who may have visited the mainland of North America in 1497 and 1498. "North America" © Escrito por Emmanuel BUCHOT y Encarta.
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