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United States of America

Location: North America
Capitol: Washington, DC
Geographic coordinates: 38 00 N, 97 00 W

Area total: 9,629,091 sq km
land: 9,158,960 sq km
water: 470,131 sq km

Border: total: 12,034 km
border countries: Canada 8,893 km (including 2,477 km with Alaska), Mexico 3,141 km


Coastline: 19,924 km
Population: 280,562,489 (July 2002 est.)
Density of population: person/km sq
Nationality: noun: American(s)
adjective: American
Languages: English, Spanish (spoken by a sizable minority)
Ethnic groups: white 77.1%, black 12.9%, Asian 4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1.5%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.3%, other 4% (2000)

Religions: Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10% (1989)
Life expactancy at birth
total population: 77.4 years
male: 74.5 years
female: 80.2 years (2002 est.)
Currency: US dollar (USD)
Government: federal republic; strong democratic tradition

National Anthem

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics were written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland by British ships in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812. It became well known as a patriotic song to the tune of a popular English drinking song, "To Anacreon in Heaven." While it was recognized for official use by the United States Navy (1889) and by the White House (1916), it was made the national anthem by a Congressional resolution on March 3, 1931. Although the song has four verses, only the first is commonly sung today.

Lyrics

I.
Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Chorus
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
II.
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream
Chorus
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
III.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave
Chorus
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
IV.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Bles't with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when1 our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
Chorus
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Posted by airwolf09 15:10 Archived in USA Tagged round_the_world

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