It was not until a treaty was signed in Paris in 1783 that what became the United States was internationally recognized as an independent nation.
The United States, from its original thirteen colonies which became states from 1787 to 1790, added an additional thirty-seven states to the new union from 1791 to 1959. Victories in two 20th century global wars, coupled with the Cold War's end in 1991, has left the United States as the single most powerful nation on the planet.
The first map to use the term America to refer to the United States occurred in 1507. It was in this year that a German map maker erroneously attributed the discovery of these lands to explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci (1454 to 1512 A.D.). The word 'America' is the feminine version of Amerigo Vespucci's first name. The only surviving copy of the erroneously labeled 1507 map of the United States is owned by the U.S. Library of Congress.
The United States is the third largest country in the world in terms of land area and population. It is the world's largest national economy and the world leader in military spending (accounting for 39% of world total).
God has blessed the United States with an incredible amount of natural resources and the ability to grow a wide range of crops. The nation not only produces enough food to feed itself but also to sell to other countries and provide assistance to those in need anywhere on earth.
America's natural resources include coal, natural gas, petroleum, copper, lead, rare earth elements, uranium, gold, silver, iron, nickel and timber. As of May 2013 the United States has the earth's largest reserves of coal with 491 billion short tons (27% of earth total).
God's blessings of natural resources on the United States have continued into the 21st century. The country is now the third largest producer of crude oil in the world behing Russia and Saudi Arabia (2016 estimate). It is also the world's largest producer of natural gas and possesses the fourth largest reserves.
America and the Bible
The first complete copy of scripture printed in the Western hemisphere dates back to the early 1660s. Known as the Eliot Indian Bible, it was written for distribution among the Algonquin Indian tribes in the United States. It was the first Bible printed in America.
In 1791 the first Family Bible (using the KJV) was printed in the United States. In 1833 Noah Webster, author of the well-known dictionary, published his own version of the King James Bible.