The United States of America
is a federal republic
of 50 States
, a capital district
, and a few other territories, mostly in central North America
. The U.S. have three land borders, two with Canada
and one with Mexico
, and are otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean
, the Bering Sea
, the Arctic Ocean
and the Atlantic Ocean
. Of the 50 States, only Alaska
are not contiguous with any other State. The U.S. also have a collection of districts, territories, and possessions
around the world. Each State has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States trace their national origin to the declaration
by 13 British
colonies in 1776
that they were free and independent States. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris
in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower
and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
is an American multinational corporation
headquartered in Redmond
that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing
. The company was founded by Bill Gates
and Paul Allen
on April 4, 1975. Microsoft was established to develop and sell BASIC interpreters
for the Altair 8800
. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system
market with MS-DOS
in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows
line of operating systems. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions
. The company also produces a wide range of other software for desktops and servers, and is active in areas including internet search
), the video game industry
(with the Xbox
and Xbox 360
consoles), the digital services market (through MSN
), and mobile phones (via the Windows Phone
OS). In the 1990s, critics began to contend that Microsoft used monopolistic
business practices and anti-competitive strategies including refusal to deal
, put unreasonable restrictions in the use of its software, and used misrepresentative marketing tactics; both the U.S. Department of Justice
and European Commission
found the company in violation of antitrust
Selected culture biography
Michael Jeffrey Jordan
(born February 17, 1963) is a former American professional basketball
player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats
. His biography on the National Basketball Association
(NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. He is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats; he recently won a bidding war to buy controlling interest in the team from founding owner Robert L. Johnson.
Scars of a whipped Mississippi slave Photo taken: (April 2, 1863) Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Original caption: "Overseer Artayou Carrier whipped me. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping. My master come after I was whipped; he discharged the overseer. The very words of poor Peter, taken as he sat for his picture."
Selected society biography
George Walker Bush
(born July 6, 1946) was the forty-third President of the United States of America
. He previously served as the forty-sixth Governor of Texas
from 1995 to 2000 and is the eldest son of former United States President George Herbert Walker Bush
. He was inaugurated as President on January 20, 2001 and his second term ended on January 20, 2009 when Barack Obama
was sworn in as the forty-fourth president. Bush was a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
As president, Bush signed into law a $1.35 trillion tax cut program in 2001, and in 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act. In October 2001, after the attacks on September 11, 2001, Bush announced a global War on Terrorism and ordered an invasion of Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban, destroy Al-Qaeda, and to capture Osama bin Laden. In March 2003, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, asserting that Iraq was in possession of weapons of mass destruction and that the war was necessary for the protection of the United States.
is a state
located in the Midwestern region
of the United States
. The 12th-largest state by area in the U.S., it is the 21st
most populous, with just over five million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory
and admitted to the Union as the 32nd
state on May 11, 1858. The state is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes".
Nearly 60% of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities. The remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; eastern deciduous forests, also heavily farmed and settled; and the less populated northern boreal forest. The state's image of being populated by whites of Nordic and German descent has some truth, but diversity is increasing; substantial influxes of African, Asian, and Latin American immigrants have joined the descendants of European immigrants and of the original Native American inhabitants.
The extremes of the climate contrast with the moderation of Minnesota’s people. The state is known for its moderate-to- progressive politics and social policies, its civic involvement, and high voter turnout. It ranks among the healthiest states by a number of measures, and has one of the most highly educated and literate populations.
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Featured lists: There are over 230 Featured lists in the scope of United States including: 109th United States Congress • Commandant of the Marine Corps • Korean War Medal of Honor recipients • Most populous counties in the United States • National Parks of the United States • Tallest buildings in Washington, D.C. • U.S. state name etymologies • U.S. states by population • United States Secretary of Energy • Volcanoes in the Hawaiian – Emperor seamount chain
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