The name of this continent is derived from the mythological Europa, whom Jupiter is reputed to have carried over to its shores from Mount Ida. The country is a peninsula projecting from Asia. It is the smallest of the great continental divisions of the globe, and also the most thoroughly devel -oped and highly civilized. It is situated in almost the same latitude as the United States

Population by Continents

Continental Divisions

Area in Square Miles

Inhabitants

Number

Per Sq. Mile

Africa . . .

II,5I4,000

127,000,000

I1.O

America, N.

6,446,000

89,250,000

13.8

America, S.

6,837,000

36,420,000

5.3

Asia ....

14,710,000

850,000,000

57.7

Australasia

3,288,000

4,730,000

1.4

Europe

3.555.000

380,200,000

106.9

Polar Reg.

4,888,800

300,000

0.7

Total . .

51,238,800

1,487,900,000

29.0

(The above estimate was made by Ernest George Ravenstein, F.R.G.S., geographer and statistician.) and Canada, and occupies an area of about one-fifth part of that of America. The population of Europe is about five times that of the United States, divided among twenty-three nations the population of which may be found on the charts. For further statistics concerning the various countries, see special treatment of each hereafter: