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Explore the Americas

The Many Americas

“Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man -- man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood that unites one's family. All things are connected.”

-- Chief Seattle, Suquamish Chief

Too often, the Word America is used to refer to only the United States, but the fact is that, when we include North and South America and Central America and the Caribbean, there are more than 50 countries or independent territories.

But we would do well to take to heart Chief Seattle's words above, and honor the earth that underlies the artificial borders we humans have drawn on her surface.

-- Guy Roger