Continents

There are a total of seven continents on earth: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. This category should contain questions regarding the continents.

Asked in Russia, Continents

What continent is Russia on?

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Russia is typically considered part of both Europe and Asia. There's some dispute over where the border between the continents actually is (in Russia and beyond), but most people say the part of Russia west of the Ural Mountains is European and the eastern part is Asian. That means more of Russia's landmass is in Asia, but more of the population lives in Europe, as the biggest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, are both on the European side. If this frustrates you—"Why can't everything fit cleanly into our categories!"—I have bad news. Russia isn't the only country that spans multiple continents; Egypt, Greece, and Turkey do it, too.
Asked in Continents, South America

How did the line of demarcation affect settlement of South America?

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The Line of Demarcation under the Treaty Of Tordesillas (1494) limited Portugal to colonies only in extreme eastern South America, which grew into the country of Brazil.

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