North America

This page is all about North America, including Central America and the Caribbean.

Here is the list of countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States

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The Americas were originally populated 20,000 years ago when the Bering Sea (up there, between Alaska and Russia) actually sank so low that it created the land bridge known only as "Beringia." Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't glaciers covering the bridge, but rather glaciers containing much of the otherwise-sea water that lowered sea levels. Land bridges also allowed for walking from continental Europe to Britain, and from Australia to Papa New Guinea.

After that, it was found (again) by Columbus the Vikings Chinese. Probably the Chinese. Or the Vikings, who knows?

Regardless, after Columbus enslaved some people, many Europeans came and colonized all of the Americas.

Eventually, all of this continent...

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...was colonized by European powers. In what is now Canada, there were French and British claims (the British eventually won out). In Mexico, it was exclusively Spanish (until the Americans took the best third of Mexico). In what is now the US, there were British, French, Spanish, and a little bit of Russian claims. First the British consolidated, then the Americans rebelled. More when we sample foods therefrom.

Further South, we have...
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...Central America which was controlled mainly by Spanish interests. It geographically connects North America and South America. (After the creation of the Panama Canal, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans were connected through it too.) More when we start sampling food from Central America.

Finally, included in this geographic region is...

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...the Caribbean! We've seen pirates from the Caribbean, so now it's time for some Caribbean food. Jamaican food is particularly good (and spicy!).

As a side note, not all of the islands named on maps of the Caribbean are independent nation-states, and will therefore not be covered. Many of them are territories of the US. (Historically speaking, almost all of them are former possessions of the Spanish Empire.)

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