From little-known trivia about presidents to amazing facts about the land we walk on, these 10 facts about America will blow you away. USA is the biggest country covering the continent of North America followed by Canada.
- New York was once New Amsterdam
Before New York was, well, New York – it was called New Amsterdam as a settlement by the Dutch that chose to settle in Manhattan. The Name, New York was to pay tribute to Duke of York who helped in capturing it.
- United States does not have any Official Language
- Russia sold Alaska to the United States for 2 cents per acre
Back in the earlier parts of the 19th Century, Alaska wasn’t part of the USA. In fact, it was a part of Russia. It wasn’t until it was sold off to the Americans that it became a US territory. It wasn’t until almost a hundred years later, in 1959 that Alaska actually became a state. The state now has numerous national parks and even the tallest mountain in the USA, called Denali.
- If you have a $10 bill and no debt, you are wealthier than 15% of all American citizens
- Kansas produces enough wheat in 1 year to feed everyone in the world for two weeks
- The Golden Gate Bridge never stops getting a makeover
Interesting facts about San Fransisco. Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the west coast’s most iconic man-made landmarks that’s forever been made over? It’s one amazing place to see, especially from the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point.
Due to its sheer size, the bridge actually never stops getting painted and is always getting itself a little makeover for us all to enjoy.
- There are around 5,000 commercial airplanes flying over the United States at any given time
- They call it Lake Superior for a reason
Everyone knows Lake Superior is big (they don’t call it one of the Great Lakes for nothing, after all) but few people know exactly how large it really is. Not only is Lake Superior the largest freshwater lake in the world, but it holds three quadrillion gallons of water. That’s enough liquid to completely cover both North and South America under a foot of water. It’s no wonder Lake Superior has been the site of so many shipwrecks.
- United States is the most Generous Country in the world according to World Giving Index
- Americans prize their pigskin so much that college football coaches are the highest-paid public employees in more than half of all 50 states