Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

North America

North America, third largest of the seven continents, including Canada (the 2nd largest country in area in the world), the United States (3rd largest), and Mexico (14th largest). The continent also includes Greenland, the largest island, as well as the small French overseas department of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and the British dependency of Bermuda (both made up of small islands in the Atlantic Ocean). With 534 million inhabitants (2009 estimate), North America is the 4th most populous continent; the United States ranks 3rd 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 neighbors, contains some of the world‘€™s greatest deposits of petroleum and natural gas.

MSN Encarta: North America

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Martha Huggins
Professor Emerita - Sociology
Octavio Barajas
Ph.D. Candidate
Dan M. Healan
Professor Emeritus - Anthropology