Nowadays everybody knows what the word “America” means. It`s a name of the country the United States of America. Then America is the name of the two continents- North America and South America. Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. In 1492 the King and the Queen gave him money to go to India. He reached some land. He thought it must be India but it was America. People began to speak about the land as” the New World”.
The first English settlements appeared in America at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Native Americans came from Asia. When English colonists came to the New World on board “the Mayflower” the Native Americans met them, and were very friendly and peaceful. Native Americans believed in many gods. They often had special ceremonies with dances and music before they went hunting or fishing.
At the beginning of the 17th century the first colonies appeared in America. Many of them were English colonies. The colonists didn`t like to depend on the English King. The Americans fought for their independence and got it. Now most of them live in poor lands to the west of the Mississippi River.