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The 48 states of the contiguous United States cover the central part of the North American continent. Together with Alaska and Hawaii they form the USA, presently the world's economic and military super power.
Paleo Indians came  more then 15000 years ago via Beringia, and left evidence by artifacts of the Clovis Culture. There may well have been a much earlier wave of invaders via coastal migration.
First Europeans to explore the area were the Spaniards in the early 16th century. One of the few survivors of the ill-fated Narvaez expedition published in 1642 the first written account of North America.
British colonies were established along the eastcoast, they declared independence in 1776 which started the Revolutionary War.
The 19th century saw a bloody Civil War, after which  the West was won at the expense of the Native Americans.
After winning the 20th century WWI and WWII the USA emerged as de-facto world leader.
But recently Its influence is waning with China on track to become the new world economic leader in a few decades..
For tourists the country has a lot on offer, from the swamps in Florida, New York City and the Niagara Falls to the east, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone in the West and LA and San Francisco on the West coast.
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