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North America viewed from space, 2378

21st century-era political map of Earth

North America was a continent on Earth and, along with neighboring South America, was an ancestral home of Native American Human tribes. This continent contained Canada, Mexico, the United States, as well as the Central American and Caribbean regions. The Arctic Circle passed through northern North America. North America bordered the Atlantic Ocean at its East Coast and the Pacific at its Pacific Coast, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

In the late 17th century, the north-western North American continent was unexplored by European explorers. On their maps, they named this region "America Septentrionalis". (Star Trek: Enterprise, opening credits)

In an alternate 1944, Nazi Germany invaded the continent. (ENT: "Storm Front")

North America was depicted in many assignment patches of NASA's space programs, especially for the Apollo program and space shuttle orbiter program, in the 20th and 21st centuries. Copies of these patches were displayed at the 602 Club. (ENT: "First Flight")

The North American continent was visible on a specific 21st century-era political map of Earth, which was stored in the USS Enterprise's library computer in 2254. This map was among numerous materials viewed by the Talosians when they scanned the Enterprise computer in that year. (TOS-R: "The Cage")

When the Enterprise was first approaching Miri, that planet's equivalent of North America was shown on the ship's viewscreen. (TOS: "Miri")

In the final draft script of "Miri", this location was identified thus; "We are looking at North America... there is no mistaking it."

In 2378, Reginald Barclay arranged for McKinley Station to send an image of the continent to the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. Captain Kathryn Janeway, appreciating the gesture, thanked Barclay. (VOY: "Author, Author")


Background information

One of the 17th century maps, known as "Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens", was created by Andreas Cellarius. A scan of the original can be found here.

The maps used in the original "The Cage" were published in the early 1960s. The landmasses of North and Central America, and the Caribbean Islands, were seen on two political maps of the northern hemisphere. Decades later, the map used in the remastered "The Cage" was a Central Intelligence Agency map published either in April 2007 or September 2008. [1] [2] The difference, which was not noticeable at the resolution of the image from the episode, was the addition of Kosovo, which gained its independence between the releases.

Features from the CIA map
Country Capital Notes
Anguilla A Caribbean territory of the United Kingdom
Antigua and Barbuda A Caribbean country.
Aruba A Caribbean territory of the Netherlands
Bahamas Nassau A Caribbean country
Belize Belmopan A Central American country
Barbados A Caribbean country
Bermuda A North Atlantic Ocean territory of the United Kingdom
British Virgin Islands A Caribbean territory of the United Kingdom
Canada Ottawa A Northern American country. Major cities - Calgary, Churchill, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Halifax, Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Iqaluit, Kuujjuag, Montreal, Pond Inlet, Prince George, Québec, Resolute, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Whitehourse, Winnipeg
Cayman Islands A Caribbean territory of the United Kingdom
Clipperton Island A North Pacific Ocean territory of France
Costa Rica San José A Central American country
Cuba Havana A Caribbean country
Dominica A Caribbean country
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo A Caribbean country. Major city - Santiago
El Salvador San Salvador A Central American country.
Greenland Nuuk (Godthåb) A territory of Denmark, between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. Major city - Qaanaaq (Thule)
Grenada A Caribbean country.
Guadeloupe A Caribbean territory of France
Guatemala Guatemala A Central American country
Haiti Port-au-Prince A Caribbean country
Honduras Tegucigalpa A Central American country
Jamaica Kingston A Caribbean country
Martinique A Caribbean territory of France
Mexico Mexico City A Northern American country. Major cities - Acapulco, Cancún, Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, León, Matamoros, Mérida, Mexicali, Monterery, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Toluca, Torreón
Montserrat A Caribbean territory of the United Kingdom
Navassa Island A Caribbean territory of the United States
Netherlands Antilles A Caribbean territory of the Netherlands
Nicaragua Managua A Central American country.
Panama Panama A Central American country. Major city - Colón
Puerto Rico San Juan A Caribbean territory of the United States
Saint Kitts and Nevis A Caribbean country
Saint Lucia A Caribbean country
Saint Pierre and Miquelon A North Atlantic Ocean territory of France
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines A Caribbean country
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain A Caribbean country
Turks and Caicos Islands A Caribbean territory of the United Kingdom
United States Washington, DC A Northern American country. Major cities - Anchorage, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Barrow, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Fairbanks, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Juneau, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Nome, Norfolk, Oklahoma, Orlando, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa

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