Map from a time when a few places remained unknown
The Americas (or America) are a
landmass that include the
North America and
South America and all nearby islands. They cover 8.3% of the surface of the
Earth, and 28.4% of its land area. The Americas are located in the
Western Hemisphere. In history, they have also been called the
In countries that speak
Spanish, the Americas are considered a single continent.
American is usually used to mean a person or a thing from the
United States of America. People and things from the Americas are also sometimes called "American".