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AMERICAN LIFE

BY VICKY SHIPTON

THE UNITED STATES.

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS THE FOURTH BIGGEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. IT IS MORE THAN 4,000 KILOMETERS FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IN THE EAST TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN IN THE WEST.
WASHINGTON ,D.C. IS THE COUNTRY’S CENTER GOVERNMENT. BUT THE COUNTRY’S FIFTY STATES ALL HAVE GOVERNMENTS, TOO.

SIZE IS EVERYTHING.

SEARS TOWER,CHICAGO, 1974:520 METERS TALL.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK, 1931: 381 METERS TALL

BIG COUNTRY.

ALASKA IS THE BIGGEST STATE, BUT ONLY 641,000 PEOPLE LIVE THERE – 11 PEOPLE FOR EVERY KM.
CALIFORNIA HAS MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY OTHER STATE – MORE THAN 35,000,000.
NEW YORK HAS THE BIGGEST CITY, NEW YORK CITY.

A COUNTRY STORY.

THE FIRST PEOPLE CAME TO AMERICA FROM SIBERIA. THEY MOVED SOUTH AND EASTFROM ALASKA INTO THE NEW COUNTRY . NOW WE CALL THESE PEOPLE “NATIVE AMERICANS “.

THE NEW WORLD IN 1492, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS CAME TO AMERICA FROM SPAIN. MORE EUROPEANS FOLLOWED. SPAIN AND FRANCE WERE MOST INTERESTEDIN THE “NEW WORLD “ LATER, BRITIANWAS INTERESTED , TOO. IN 1587, THE BRITISH BUILT A TOWN,JAMES TOWN, IN VIRGINIA.

COLUMBUS MISTAKE! COLUMBUS WANTED TO FIND INDIA, BUT HE ARRIVEDAT A PLACE NEAR AMERICA. BECAUSE OF COLUMBUS MISTAKE,SOME PEOPLE USE WORDS “INDIANS·” FOR NATIVE AMERICANS.

A FREE LIFE IN 1620 , 102 PEOPLE CAME TO AMERICA FROM ENGLAND . IN AMERICA THEIR CHURCH COULD BE FREE. THE FIRST SHIP WAS THE MAYFLOWER. IT ARRIVED AT PLYMOUTH ROCK IN THE NORTHEAST. NOW PEOPLE CALL SIX OF THE STATES IN THE NORTHEAST “ NEW ENGLAND “.

A COUNTRY BORN MANY PEOPLE FROMBRITAIN LIVED IN THE EAST OF THE COUNTRY . THESE AMERICANS PAID MONEY TO BRITAI, BUT THEY WANTED TO BE REALLY FREE. THEY FOUGHT A WAR AND THE AMERICANS WON IN 1776. IN 1789, GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS THE NEW COUNTRY´S FIRST PRESIDENT. THERE WERE THIRTEEN STATES IN THE NEW COUNTRY.
TODAY AMERICANS CAN REMEMBER THEIR FIRST PRESIDENT WHEN THEY LOOK AT A DOLLAR.

GO WEST ! IN 1803, PRESIDENT THOMASJEFFERSON BOUGHT A LOT OF LAND FROM FRANCE – WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO ROCKY MOUNTAINS. THEN US WAS BIGGER. MANY PEOPLE WANTED TO GO TO THE WEST TO A NEW LIFE, BUT IT WAS HARD THERE.
THE NEW LIFE IN THE WEST WAS ALSO THE END FOR THE WAY OF LIFE OF MANY NATIVE AMERICANS.IN 1890, AMERICANS KILLED MORE THAN 200 SIOUX PEOPLE AT WOUNDED KNEE IN SOUTH OF DAKOTA.

NORTH AND SOUTH.

BY 1850, THENORTH AND THE SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY WAS DIFFERENT . THE NORTH HAD MANY CITIES AND TOWNS . IT WAS RICHER . THE SOUTH HAD MANY FARMS. SLAVES FROM AFRICA WORKED THOSE FARMS. BUT MANY PEOPLE IN THE NORTH DID NOT LIKE THIS. IN 1861, THERE WAS A WAR BETWEEN THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH . MORE THAN 600,000 AMERICANS DIED BEFORE THE WAR ENDED IN 1865. THE NORTH WON UNDER PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN. AFTER THE WARTHERE WERE NOT SLAVES IN THE US.

THE FACES OF AMERICA.

FROM THE EARLY DAYS, MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE LIVED IN THE UNITED STATES . IN 1790, MORE THAN 60 % CAME FROM BRITAIN ,IRELAND, GERMANY, HOLLAND AND FRANCE . ABOUT 20% CAME FROM AFRICA., BUT THESE PEOPLE WERE SLAVES : THEY DID NOT WANT TO COME TO AMERICA.

TODAY ,MOST IMMIGRANTS ARE FROM LATIN AMERICA AND ASIA. ABOUT 50% OF MEXICAN –AMERICANS AND 40% OF ASIAN AMERICANS LIVE IN CALIFORNIA.

MORE THAN 1,100,000 IMMIGRANTS COME TO THE US EVERY YEAR.

SHOPPING.

MOST STORES ARE OPEN LONG HOURS EVERY DAY . SOME NEVER CLOSE. MANY STORES ARE SHOPPING CENTERS, OR “MALLS”.
THE BIGGEST MALL IS THE MALL OF AMERICA IN MINNEAPOLIS. IT HAS MORE THAN 400 STORES.

FOOD.

MOST PEOPLE IN THE US EAT EARLY. DINNER – TIME IS USALLY5:30 P.M. TO 6:00 P.M. MANY RESTAURANTS OPEN AT FIVE O’CLOCK AND ARE FULL AT SIX O´CLOCK.

HOUSES.

MOST HOUSES IN THE US ARE WOOD. MOST HOUSES HAVE THREE OR MORE BEDROOMS AND TWO BATHROOMS. SAN FRANCISCO IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN THE COUNTRY.

WORK.

MANY PEOPLE WANT THE “AMERICAN DREA “. THIS USALLY MEANS A BIG HOUSE, A BIG CAR , AND A LOT OF MONEY! SO AMERICANS WORK HARD , MOST...
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