Hello, my name is Trey Cano and I will be writing about life and issues in the United States.
Here is a brief overview of the United States:
The United States has a population of about 330 million people. It is one of the least ethnically homogenous nations in the world, meaning that the population of the United States has a large ethnic variety. The United States was founded upon immigration. The land of America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, and by the year 1607, England had established its first permanent colony – Jamestown, Virginia. Since then, immigrants from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia and Africa have all moved to America and now call it their home. Depending on where you go in America, you will see people of various ethnicities. Being “American” doesn’t have anything to do with the color of one’s skin; anyone can be American. The language most spoken in America is English, but there is actually no “official language” the American government recognizes. The only true “Americans” are the indigenous tribes that inhabited the land before those who live there now. In states such as New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma, indigenous culture is still very prevalent. Some refer to America as the “cultural melting pot.”
The United States is a democratic government. The official name for the US government is a Federal Presidential Constitutional Republic. We have a president named Barack Obama. In America, every citizen is allowed to vote once you’re over the age of 18 and haven’t committed a felony. We have three branches of government: the Executive branch, which is the President, and other parts of the Office of the President; the Legislative branch, which is the congress, the House and the Senate; and the Judicial branch, which includes the criminal justice system, and the American court system.
Here are other interesting factoids about the United States: you can legally obtain a drivers license at age 16 in many states. At age 18, you can buy tobacco products (in most states), lottery tickets, gamble, and enlist in the military. The drinking age in America is 21. We drive on the right-hand side of the road. America uses the customary system of measurement; instead of using kilometers and kilograms, we use miles and pounds. America is one of only three countries in the world to use the customary system of measurement. America is very big as it is about 2000 miles in width (about 3200 km).
He is a student at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX. He is double majoring in International Relations and Japanese Language, with a double minor is Asian Studies and History. He has studied at several different universities, and is passionate about cultures, language, economics, geography, and social issues. He enjoys sports, music, and learning languages. His motto is “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
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