Unit 4: North America
We define North America as the United States and Canada, both of which similar physical characteristics and a history of colonialism. These two countries make up more than 13 percent of the world's total landmass. North America is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean to the north. North America is highly urbanized: approximately 80 percent of the population lives in cities. Most of North America's diverse population consists of immigrants or descendants of immigrants. The United States is the world's largest economy, and both Canada and the United States enjoy relatively high standards of living.
We begin this unit by exploring of the physical characteristics of North America, paying particular attention to its physiographic regions. Next, we explore the influence of European colonialism. Then, we take a close look at immigration patterns, urban growth, economic development, the globalization of the "American Dream", shifts in demographics, and the distribution of religious affiliations.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 4 hours.
MapCheck: North America
4.1: Introducing North America
4.2: United States: Early Development and Globalization
4.3: United States: Population and Religion
4.5: Regions of the United States and Canada