North America, from the far reaches of the Arctic tundra to the deserts of Mexico, has few nations but great diversity. The USA and Canada are melting pots taking in elements of Native American, European, Latin American and every other world culture. This mix of cultures created some of the most dynamic countries in the world. The USA and Canada are two of the most developed countries in the world, with the USA not only the world’s leading economies but one of its most powerful political actors and cultural influences. America’s prominence in global politics and global culture has meant that the cities and landmarks have become world renowned.
But, although the United States of America is one of the world’s leading nations the politics is far more complicated than the relationship between Democrat and Republican; the President and Congress. This region contains two of the world’s most interesting border regions. The US-Canada border is not only the largest single border, but one of the most un-policed, whereas the US-Mexican border is one of the most highly controlled in history. The relationship between America and Mexico is complex and the contrast between the highly developed United States and the fast growing Mexican nation is one of the most politically intriguing interactions in the modern world.
In the modern world we know more about North America better than we do any other continent. American culture influences everyday life, from the music we listen to, to the food we eat. It’s politics affect nearly every country in the world and its economics drive the global market. But with a region so vast there are still many aspects of life here to surprise and intrigue observers.
“The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged…”
Luther Standing Bear, (1868-1939) Oglala Lakota Chief, Writer, Historian & Philosopher