Translators Associations North America

North America: the second world region with more translators associations

Translators Associations North AmericaNorth America is the third-largest continent of the world in area, has over 529 million inhabitants and is the second world region with more translators associations, after Europe.

Socially and culturally, North America presents a well-defined entity.

Economically, Canada and the United States are the wealthiest and most developed nations in the continent. The United States have, in fact, the largest economy in North America, and in the world.


The continent, that’s home to 38 translators associations, is wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere – it is also considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas.

North America covers an area of about 9,540,000 square mile – about 4.8% of the planet's surface or about 16.5% of its land area – and, as of July 2008, has an estimated population of nearly 529 million people across 23 independent states.

It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.


What is consensual is that indigenous North Americans first arrived from Asia during the last Ice Age, most likely through the Bering Land Bridge and possibly by primitive boats.

Before the arrival of the Europeans, the natives of North America were divided into many different polities, from small bands of a few families to large empires. They lived in several cultures.

During the thousands of years of native habitation on the continent, those cultures changed and shifted. The more southern cultural groups of North America were responsible for the domestication of many common crops now used around the world, like tomatoes, squash and corn. Because of this development of agriculture in the south, many important cultural advances were made there.

During the Age of Discovery, Europeans began exploring and claiming territorial management in various parts of North America.
With their arrival, also arrived diseases to which the Native Americans lacked immunity and violent conflicts, reasons that led to drastic cultural changes – several linguistic groups went extinct and others changed quite quickly, for example – and the substantial decline of the Native American population.

Britain, Spain, and France fought over and established extensive territories in North America, but, in the late 18th century and beginning of the 19th, several independence movements started across the continent, which would create its modern countries.

The United States of America were born when the thirteen British colonies on the North Atlantic coast declared independence in 1776. And Canada was formed from the unification of northern territories controlled by Britain and France. As we said, these two countries ‘monopolize’ the majority of the translators associations based in North America.

The fact that Canada and the United States, as well Mexico, have significant and multifaceted economic systems might also influence the number of translators associations that exist in these countries.


The prevalent languages in North America are English, Spanish, and French. The term Anglo-America is used to refer to the Anglophone countries of the Americas: namely Canada (where English and French are co-official) and the United States, but also sometimes Belize and parts of the Caribbean.

The other areas of the Americas, generally south of the United States, are referred to as Latin America.

The French language has historically played a significant role in North America and today is distinctively present in some regions. For instance, it is the official language of Quebec: 95% of the people of this Province of Canada speak it as either their first or second language.

Demographically, North America is a racially and ethnically diverse continent. Its three main racial groups are Caucasians, Mestizos and Blacks.

The most populous country in North America is the United States with 303,606,020 inhabitants. The second largest country and only other country to maintain a populace above 100 million persons is Mexico with a population of 112,322,757.Canada is the third largest country with a population of 32,623,490.


Canada and the United States have a similar culture and similar traditions as a result of both countries being former British colonies. A common cultural and economic market has developed between the two nations because of the strong economic and historical ties.

Spanish-speaking North America shares a common past as former Spanish colonies. In Mexico and the Central American countries where civilizations like the Maya developed, indigenous people preserve traditions across modern boundaries. These nations have historically had more in common due to geographical proximity and the fact that they won independence from Spain.


North America has 38 translators associations: 19 of them are based in the US and 18 in Canada.

The Colorado Translators Association, the New England Translators Association, the Literary Translators Association of Canada, the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia and the Canadian Association of Legal Translators are just a few examples of translators associations in North America.

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