Again and again we hear in the media reports from the US regarding weather and storm. I usually call my son who lives in California and asks, "What's going on with you? The storm has raged quite a bit! "Mostly, however, he has no idea what it is about. My amazement over the lack of knowledge about the current affairs in the country in which he lives, is then very large but he thinks many people in Germany is not clear that the US is absolutely huge. So here's some surface data for illustration.
The United States of America has a land area of 9,161,923 km2 and a total area of 9,826,675 km2. This makes the US the third largest country in the world after Russia and Canada. The distance from Los Angeles to New York is 3.936 kilometers as the crow flies. That's about as far as Munich's to Central Africa. Here you can check the distance yourself.
The national flag tells us!
Each star on the American flag represents a state of the United States of America. This results in 50 states in the US. The 13 stripes on the American flag represent the 13 colonies that have declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. That was July 4, 1776 and that is why this day is celebrated every year in the US as the "Independence Day".
Originally, the US had 48 states. Alaska was bought by Russia in 1867. The US had paid $ 7.2 million at that time. A very good deal considering that Alaska's coast alone is longer than the rest of the US combined. The area of Alaska is 1,717,854 km2. That's about 4 times the size of Germany's total area (357,375 km2).
Hawaii is the southernmost state in the United States and comprises a whopping 132 islands with 8 main islands. These are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai Niihau and Kahoolawe. Hawaii was named American Territory in 1900.
How many states does the US have? I hope my article was informative .
If not, you know now that Independence Day is not celebrated because Will Smith defeated the aliens that day ... laugh.