This atlas surveys the history of North America from the first settlers to cross the Bering Straits. It looks at the development of the continent's three nations - Canada, the United States and Mexico - from their colonial origins to the formation of the North American Free Trade Association. It examines their conflicts - such as the war of 1812 and the Mexican-American war - and their coexistence. It shows where their peoples came from and where they settled; the networks of trade and communications that grew up; and the spread of agriculture and industry. It follows the rise of the USA to superpower status and shows the impact of two world wars. Finally, the atlas assesses the current relationships between the three nations, and that of the region as a whole to the rest of the world.