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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

Geography, just like politics and Airbus vs Boeing, is a subject that was, is, and will be discussed endlessly by a.netters. Different countries teach different systems, thus everyone has his/her own intake on the subject.

I learned in school that America is one single continent, divided in three regions: North America, South America, and this earthly paradise also known as Central America  Smile. However, I have seen that many people learned that North America is one continent and South America is another continent.

Since this is an international site, I'd like to know what a.nutters around the world think about it: is America one or two continents? I don't think it can be concluded whether anyone is right or wrong, but it will be interesting to hear different opinions...

Greetings from the Land of Eternal Spring  wave 
Carmen


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

Long conversation on this topic several weeks ago . . . .

Do some search on the forum, you should find it.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

In german language it is most often referred to as North America and South America (with Latin America being *only* a region) = 2 continents.

When I have to refer to it in English, I usually use "The Americas" as 1 continent (although the word itself is plural).
-HT



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User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 692 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

North America (Canada, the US and Mexico)

South America (everything south of Mexico)

Not saying this is correct, just how I think of it  Smile


User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

I've learned in my school when I was a child that America is only one continent. That means South, Central and North America is only one continent.

[Edited 2005-08-17 23:43:15]

[Edited 2005-08-17 23:43:42]


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

But we're the real Amerikans gawd damn it!  biting 







just kidding.  Smile



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5327 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

I was always taught two continents - North America and South America. North America being composed of everything from Canada to Panama, including the West Indies. South America is everything else.


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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4276 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

I learned it like this: North America, Central America, South America... and Argentina.

Signed,
The United Provinces of the South



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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
Do some search on the forum, you should find it.

Been there, done that, found nothing... Then again, I may have overlooked it, feel free to post a link.  Smile

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
But we're the real Amerikans gawd damn it!

In your country, you may call yourselves whatever you want, but outside the U.S. borders you shall be referred to as gringos.  Wink

Quoting Derico (Reply 7):
North America, Central America, South America... and Argentina.

So all the boludo jokes have some truth to them...  scratchchin  Big grin



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User currently offlineBasas From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

Always learned: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and Australia.

User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 8):
referred to as gringos. Wink

interesting! but can you tell where that expression "gringo" comes from ?


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

I was always taught that there were 6 continents: The Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica.

Despite the Panama Canal, the connection continues through the bridge of the Americas - so I still consider you all to be part of one continent.

QFF


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

Carmenlu15:
That was intended to be a joke. I was poking fun at the way some people here think.



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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
That was intended to be a joke.

No worries, I was also joking!



Being a pioneer in any field is not by itself a guarantee of continued success - Pan Am, anyone?
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4276 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 8):
So all the boludo jokes have some truth to them...

And we are the best boludos in the world!!  dopey   eyebrow 

Hope to visit your unique country one day. Chau!



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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2432 times:

I'm American. I thought I didn't know anything about geography.


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 6):
I was always taught two continents - North America and South America. North America being composed of everything from Canada to Panama, including the West Indies. South America is everything else.

Ditto this version of it...

Greg



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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Since when has Australia be promoted to the rank of continent ?
(note: I am not asking by whom, this seems obvious...)

Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, Antarctica


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

Quoting Iakobos (Reply 17):
Since when has Australia be promoted to the rank of continent ?

Well, since forever . . . .  biggrin 

Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Antarctica and Australia (which includes Oceana) . . .


User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2402 times:

I was taught that there is a South, Central and North America. When me and a friend worked in the same office, one of our bosses contended that Antarctica isn't really a continent since they don't send any athletes to the Olympics and thus are not represented in the 5 rings logo.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2397 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 11):
the connection continues through the bridge of the Americas - so I still consider you all to be part of one continent.

By that logic Europe, Asia and even Africa are all one continent . . .

I was taught (as are most kids in the US) that North and South America are seperate continents, and Central America is part of the North American continent.

The best current description is from Wikipedia:
The 7-continent model is usually taught in Western Europe, the United States and Canada, Australia, and much of Asia. The 6-continent combined-America model is taught in Japan, Iran, and Latin America. The 6-continent Eurasia model is preferred by the scientific community, and as such is commonly found in all parts of the world, but is especially used in Russia and other countries of Eastern Europe. Historians may use the 5-continent Laurasian model (Jared Diamond) or the 4-continent Afrasian model (Andre Gunder Frank).



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 20):
By that logic Europe, Asia and even Africa are all one continent . . .

No, not quite. The Americas are one continent that were physically separated by man. It was all at one stage considered one continent. I'm just saying that the physical separation of North and South American by the Panama canal does not two continents make.

QFF


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32176 posts, RR: 72
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2372 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 21):
I'm just saying that the physical separation of North and South American by the Panama canal does not two continents make.

And the ocean that divides Europe and Asia makes them two continents? Oh, wait.

I understand what you are saying, but if you follow that theory, then how do you consider Europe and Asia seperate?



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 22):
And the ocean that divides Europe and Asia makes them two continents? Oh, wait.

I'm talking about perceptions of geography, not actual geogaphy.

QFF


User currently offlineAA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2300 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 23):
I'm talking about perceptions of geography, not actual geogaphy.

There is nothing that divides Eastern Europe with Western Asia. So why would they not be one continent by your theory? But then again there is something called Eurasia.



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25 QANTASforever : Okay, let me make this clear. The Americas were once considered one continent. I believe that despite the creation of the Panama Canal, they still ar
26 Post contains images EZEIZA : I was taught that it is one continent divided into three main regions, or sub-continents. But generally, you have North America (Canada, the US and Me
27 Post contains links and images KiwiNanday : Each continent is a different color...
28 Fokker Lover : I could never bring myself to consider Oceana as a Continent. New Zealand is not attached to Australia, Which is a Continent on it's own. I consider
29 Post contains links and images Vivek0072 : I got a mail long time back, the subject of which read "how geography is taught in American schools"
30 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Works for me. KiwiNanday has a good map - that's the one I like . . . .
31 BigOrange : In England we were always taught that there were 7 continents. Africa, Asia, North America and South America, Australasia, Antartica, Africa Note the
32 Dvk : I hear what you're saying, but logic absolutely defies Europe and Asia being separate continents if the Americas are a single continent. As taught in
33 BSBIsland : For you guys who divides America in South and North only: Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica and so on is South or North America? Well, I´ve learned South
34 Post contains images MD11junkie : Awrite, here's my point of view. I've always been taught that The Americas is just one continent (America), sub divided into South America, Central Am
35 Post contains images Redngold : I definitely was taught that there are seven continents... I never even thought that there were any different ideas. I suppose I've thought of there b
36 N1120A : Much like several others, I know it as Panama being the last country in North America Then what about Europe, Asia and Africa all being connected one
37 QANTASFOREVER : Please allow me to explain this again so it is crystal clear. OK? I learned that the Americas are all one continent. Others have learned that they ar
38 USAFHummer : That map is shown on the first day of pretty much every geography course I've taken at college thus far (as a joke of course!)... Greg
39 Post contains images Searpqx : Better dig out MSPaint I understand your argument, but your implication is that up until the Panama Canal was built, the world as a whole considered
40 Post contains images Marambio : I will try to be as neutral as possible, just to show you guys there are some serious Argentine people - unlike my fellow friends that have previously
41 PDXtriple7 : I've always learned that America is divided into South America and North America that are continents. Central America is just something inbetween (par
42 USAFHummer : The Panama Canal runs clear through Panama alone and is not an international border...All of Panama is traditionally considered "Central America"...T
43 PDXtriple7 : Oops, I'm an idiot. I confused what it should be (just kidding) with reality.
44 Post contains images Ha763 : For many years the children of the United States have always been taught of 7 continents because it is based on plate tectonics/continental drift. We
45 QANTASFOREVER : Ahem, aren't we forgetting something? QFF
46 Post contains images BA : The entire definition of continents is somewhat vague. The continents are really more of a political, cultural or geographical concept as they do not
47 QANTASforever : Brilliant post BA. I will say that the geographic dimensions of europe are a fascinating topic - one I have recently undertaken to study. Is Europe de
48 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : BA: I can see the bloody map mate! You dont have to analyze the obvious
49 Glydrflyr : Reply 10 - Where does expression "Gringo" come from? This is a corruption of the words of a song sung by U. S. troops during the late 1800s. The words
50 Marambio : If by "something" you mean Australia, we consider it part of Oceania. I have just checked the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española (Real Academi
51 QANTASFOREVER : I confess that I have never heard Oceania described as a continent. I've always known it to simply be a region. Did they teach you this at school? QF
52 LFutia : " target=_blank>http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/8...3.gif the US was once owned by the Dutch for a short time.
53 AA767400 : Since the Caribbean was not mentioned I shall bring it into the equation. I was taught that the Caribbean is part of North America which includes Cent
54 Post contains links TACAA320 : http://www.countriesandcities.com/continents/
55 TACAA320 : Don't worry Carmen. Don't do any any search. It's an interesting theme.
56 Post contains images MD11junkie : QFF, Yes, in Spanish what you know as Australia as a whole - is known as Oceania in this language. Every spanish-speaking country teaches this. Cheer
57 Theredbaron : AFAIK, the term gringo comes from the Us troops in the Mexican/Us War in 1847. My home is located 150 meters away from one of the main battlefields of
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