Countries

Information and facts about every country of the world.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu facts and information about the country. HISTORY According to historians and archaeologists the first settlers, coming from New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, might have landed in Vanuatu approximately 3,000 years ago. It is likely that they used sturdy, seagoing canoes for the journey. The first European to discover Vanuatu was the Spanish explorer… read more »

Suriname

Suriname facts and information about the country. HISTORY Virtually all the prehistoric sites excavated in Suriname to date indicate extensive contact and influences moving east from the Venezuela-Orinoco area over long periods of time. Twentynine sites in southern Suriname, in the Sipaliwini savannah, have been identified, primarily places where stone tools were made using quartz… read more »

Taiwan

Taiwan facts and information about the country. HISTORY The first people to settle on the island now called Taiwan arrived 30,000 years ago, but they were probably genetically distinct from any groups now living there. About 4,000 years ago, the ancestors of contemporary Taiwanese aborigines, who are genetically related to Malayans and Polynesians, settled Taiwan…. read more »

United States

United States facts and information about the country. HISTORY For millennia the land that is now the continental United States was covered with forests, prairies, and deserts, and millions of native people called Amerindians, Native Americans, or American Indians lived here. While it is likely that navigators or those lost at sea from other continents,… read more »

St. Lucia

St. Lucia facts and information about the country. HISTORY During the 17th and 18th centuries the French and the British made several unsuccessful attempts to take possession of the island. Britain finally gained control of it in 1814. The country remained a British colony until it gained its independence in 1979. That same year it… read more »

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines facts and information about the country. HISTORY The islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were originally inhabited by the Ciboneys. These hunter-gatherers were largely dependent on marine resources and agriculture for their livelihood. The Arawaks (the aboriginal South American Indian tribe of the Greater Antilles) replaced the Ciboneys about… read more »

Samoa

Samoa facts and information about the country. HISTORY The awe-inspiring Tia Seu Ancient Mound in Savai’i, a steppyramid, is believed to be the largest prehistoric monument (at 39 feet high) made by humans in all of Polynesia. The history of Samoa is believed to have begun more than 4,000 years ago with a migration of… read more »

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe facts and information about the country. HISTORY Uninhabited when the Portuguese discovered them in 1485, these islands were initially settled in 1493, and the islands soon became the biggest exporters of sugar to the world. The Portuguese forced Africans from Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Angola to work on the plantations here…. read more »

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro facts and information about the country. HISTORY The Illyrians inhabited the region followed by the Scordiscs, a Celtic tribe, in the fourth century B.C.E. Little is known about the origin of the Illyrians but they are generally accepted to be the ancestors of modern Albanians. The Romans annexed the region 100 years… read more »

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