As one of the world’s largest countries the Unites States of America has a fascinating and varied precolonial history. From the scenic woodlands of the east to the dramatic deserts of the west, the histories and cultures of First Nation people is as diverse as the landscape across the country. Histories that were often in conflict with the arrival of settlers from Europe, and the founding of the USA. Some of the best archaeological and historical sites have been given specifically designated for their significance: at 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 61 National Parks and 129 National Monuments. Sites that cover everything from the prehistory of the USA, the colonial history of this part of the world and the role of the USA in the Slave Trade.
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As of 2019, there are 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the United States of America. Mesa Verde National Park and Yellowstone National Park were the first two sites to be added to the list, in the second year of the scheme in 1978. The 24 cultural and natural sites are to be found in 20 states and two territories, two of which are transnational being located on the border between Canada and the USA. Full list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the USA >>