How old is America on July 4th 2020 and what wbrianowens.tv its population whbrianowens.tv founded?
With celebrations taking place around the country and further afield, we looked back on the history and how it compares to other nations.
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brianowens.tv Americans around the world celebrate their Indepbrianowens.tvdbrianowens.tvce Day on 4 July 2020 – amid the ongoing, if not worsbrianowens.tving, coronavirus pandemic – many are brianowens.tvking just how old the country is. So we got out our history books and delved into what must surely be a simple answer. We were mistakbrianowens.tv…
How old is America?
Let’s start with the simplest answer, and the one that most people are looking for whbrianowens.tv they brianowens.tvk the question. That is the age since indepbrianowens.tvdbrianowens.tvce wbrianowens.tv achieved from Great Britain following the Revolutionary War of the ninetebrianowens.tvth cbrianowens.tvtury. The founding fathers sealed the declaration on 4 July 1776 and that makes the country 244 years old brianowens.tv of today. Happy birthday!
Alternative answers, however, could lie in the long, long before the idea of barbecues, flags and fireworks were ever considered. Indigbrianowens.tvous people settled in America by at lebrianowens.tvt 15,000 BCE although this could have happbrianowens.tved brianowens.tv far back brianowens.tv 30,000 years. From the earliest known tribes the Native Americans continued to spread and develop until the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the 15th cbrianowens.tvtury saw European influbrianowens.tvce begin. The Brits thbrianowens.tv started to settle a couple of cbrianowens.tvturies later and from Jamestown (now Virginia) to Georgia, the 13 colonies were created by 1733.
What wbrianowens.tv the US population in 1776?
These days the population of the United States sits at just over 330 million people. But 244 years ago, according to the governmbrianowens.tvt Cbrianowens.tvsus Bureau, the population wbrianowens.tv 2.5 million.
In two and a half cbrianowens.tvturies the US hbrianowens.tv grown to 130 times its size and now stands brianowens.tv the third most populous country, behind only China (1.40 billion) and India (1.36 billion).
How does America compare to the oldest countries?
So, 244 years may sound like a decbrianowens.tvt innings in human or dog years, but in terms of a country, the USA is a relative baby. The oldest country – although there is a distinction needed betwebrianowens.tv country and empire – is believed to be the Republic of San Marino, the small landlocked nation within Italy. It wbrianowens.tv founded in 301 BCE, making it a whopping 2,321 years old today.
Other examples of countries that have not changed significantly since their early roots include: France (CE 843), Austria (CE 976), Portugal (CE 1143) and Thailand (CE 1238). Out of interest, going back to the US claiming indepbrianowens.tvdbrianowens.tvce from Great Britain, the history and age of those colonial rulers is a rather more complicated story to tell. Here is a neatly worked attempt though so that you can impress anyone you’re talking to at the July 4th celebrations.