What Are Some Facts About North America for Kids?

The world’s third-largest continent is North America; it covers more than 16 percent of the Earth’s land mass. North America is divided into different sections that include the United States in the center, Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. There are 24 individual countries in North America, including island nations in the Caribbean Sea, and more than 502 million people living on the continent.

The primary language of North America is English; however, people in Mexico speak Spanish, and some people in Canada speak French. Although North America was discovered first by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, the continent is named after Americo Vespucci. The largest city on the continent is Mexico City. North America is the only continent that experiences every type of climate. Famous places to visit and popular attractions include Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains and the Statue of Liberty.

The tallest point in North America is Mount McKinley, which is located in Alaska, and the lowest point is Death Valley, which is in California. North America is surrounded by three oceans: the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west. The total land area of North America is 9,540,000 square miles.