Atlas of South America

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Atlas of South America
South America
English South America
South America is a continent situated in the western hemisphere and, mostly, the southern hemisphere, bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean; North America and the Caribbean Sea lie to the northwest. As part of the Americas like North America, South America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, who was the first European to suggest that the Americas were not the East Indies, but a New World unknown to Europeans. South America has an area of 17,840,000 km² (6,890,000 sq mi), or almost 3.5% of the Earth's surface. As of 2005, its population was estimated at more than 371,000,000. South America ranks fourth in area (after Asia, Africa, and North America) and fifth in population (after Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America).
Español América del Sur, también llamado Sudamérica o Suramérica, es un subcontinente atravesado por la línea ecuatorial, con la mayor parte de su área en el Hemisferio Sur. Está situado entre el Océano Pacífico y el Océano Atlántico. Alternativamente, en algunos países de habla no hispana se considera un continente.
Português A América do Sul é um subcontinente que compreende a porção meridional das Américas. Sua extensão é de 17.819.100 km², abrangendo 12% da superfície terrestre, porém só tem 6% da população mundial. Une-se a América Central, ao norte, pelo istmo/canal do Panamá. Tem uma extensão de 7.400 km desde o mar do Caribe até o cabo de Hornos.
Population 371,000,000 inhabitants
Area 17,840,000 km²
Major language(s) Spanish, Portuguese
Major religion(s) Roman Catholicism
More information South America, Geography of South America, History of South America and Politics of South America
More images South America - South America (Category).

General maps

LocationAmericas.png Location of the Americas
LocationWHAmericas.png Map of the Americas
Americas.jpg Map of the Americas
South america.jpg Map of South America
Suedamerika-klein.jpg Countries of South America
South america98.svg Political map with 1st level divisions as of 1998 in SVG format

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day South America, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day South America.

Christopher Columbus voyages.gif Voyages of Christoper Columbus
Colonias europea en América siglo XVI-XVIII.png Colonization of the Americas
[[|border|251x400px]] Spanish and Portuguese colonization of the Americas
Latin American independence countries.PNG Countries in the Americas by date of independence

Old maps

This section holds copies of original general maps older than 70 years of this entry.

Ct000725C-wh012 5-Universalis cosmographia secundum Ptholomaei traditionem et Americi Vespucii alioru-m-que lustrationes..gif First map to show the name America
Piri reis harita.jpg Piri Reis map
Map of South america 1575.jpg South America 1575
Orteliusamerica.jpg Map of the Americas 1587 (Ortelius)
America noviter delineata.jpg Map of the Americas 1637 (Hondius)
America-1705.jpg Map of the Americas 1705
CartedAmerique.jpeg Map of the Americas 1722
AmériqueMéridionaleaugmenté.JPG South America 1750
MapaAméricaJonghe.JPG Map of the Americas 1770
Mapa Geografico de America Meridional (1790).jpg South America 1790
A New Map of South America Drawn from the latest Discoveries.jpg South America 1794
Meyers b1 s0457c.jpg South America 1885
Karta sydamerika 1892.jpg South America 1892
Suedamerika 1905.png South America 1905
LA2-NSRW-1-0087.jpg South America 1914

Maps of international organizations

OAS membership map.svg Organization of American States
Map of SACN (signature).png South American Community of Nations
CSN.png South American Community of Nations
Map of MERCOSUR.png Mercosur
Mercosur.png Mercosur
Mercosur simple.png Mercosur
MERCOSUR.png Mercosur states in South America
CAN.png Andean Community of Nations
Rio group countries.PNG Rio Group
APECMitgliedsstaaten.png Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Ethnic maps

Map-Amerindian populations.png Indian population of the Americas

Satellite maps

South America satellite orthographic.jpg Satellite map
Sudamerica.jpg Countries

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