September 9, 2016
4 Things You Didn’t Know About North America
North America is a continent that never fails to fascinate with its diverse range of cultures, and attracts thousands of visitors annually from all over the world. Despite being pretty well-known, there are still many interesting facts that many people might not know about. Here are just four that might be of interest to you before you head off to your next holiday in the world’s third-largest continent!
1) There are more than 20 countries in North America
If you think that North America is only made up of the United States (USA) and Canada, think again! There are in fact 23 countries, and it is also the third-most populated continent.
Some of the rest of the 21 are: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Jamaica. So many smaller countries that reside in what you would know as the Caribbean are also technically apart of North America, with many of the countries being Spanish speaking also! So there is one thing that the usual person you wouldn’t expect to know about North America.
2) North America houses all kinds of climates
Shaped almost like a reverse triangle with Greenland at its base and Panama at its apex, North America is a continent that experiences all kinds of climates at any one time.
For instance, Panama and Costa Rica, thanks to its proximity to the Equator, enjoys a mild tropical climate throughout the year, with temperatures averaging 28 degrees celsius. On the other hand, Greenland, with its famous ice sheets and glaciers (which are thawing by the day thanks to global warming), experiences an Arctic climate that never exceeds 10 degrees celsius.
No matter where in the continent you are you can experience super slopes of snow or intense hot tropical weather, ideally stating you can always have a summer or winter holiday no matter what time of the year!
3) The busiest airport in the world is in North America,
But is neither in New York, Los Angeles nor Toronto
Surprisingly, the airport that sees the most passengers annually is neither JFK, LAX nor the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
According to Airports Council International and BBC, the busiest airport in the Continent and the world is in fact Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Colloquially termed “Hotlanta”, the capital of the state of Georgia houses Delta Airlines, and is strategically located such that it is only a 2-hour flight to 80% of the US population, making it a hotspot for layovers and entry.
4) Hawaii is not part of North America
Despite Hawaii being a state of the USA, it does not belong to the North American continent. Due to its location and distance away from mainland USA, Hawaii is unique in the sense that it doesn’t belong to any continent in the world. The same goes for other countries like New Zealand.
Some might categorise the many islands as Oceania, but note that Oceania itself is not a continent!
source: National Geographic