The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (US), America, or simply the States, is a federal republic consisting of 50 states, 16 territories, a federal district, and various overseas extraterritorial jurisdictions. The 48 contiguous states and the federal district of Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also has five populated and nine unpopulated territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean. At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) in total and with around 316 million people, the United States is the fourth-largest country by total area and third largest by population. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate of the United States is also extremely diverse, and it is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
Paleo-indians migrated from Asia to what is now the US mainland around 15,000 years ago, with European colonization beginning in the 16th century. The United States emerged from 13 British colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard. Disputes between Great Britain and these colonies led to the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, delegates from the 13 colonies unanimously issued the Declaration of Independence. The ensuing war ended in 1783 with the recognition of independence of the United States from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and was the first successful war of independence against a European colonial empire. The current Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. The first 10 amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and guarantee many fundamental civil rights and freedoms.
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Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music.
Herschend Family Entertainment (abbreviated HFE) is a privately owned themed-entertainment company that operates several theme parks and tourist attractions within the United States.
Founded by Jack and Pete Herschend of Branson, Missouri, in its early years HFE was simply known as Herschend Enterprises. In the 1980s the name was changed to Silver Dollar City Inc., and in 2003 the company gained the current name. HFE is currently headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company's mission is to "Create Memories Worth Repeating." Company CEO Joel Manby was featured in the March 28, 2010, episode of the CBS reality series Undercover Boss.
Sevierville // is a city in and the county seat of Sevier County, Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States. Its population was 14,807 at the 2010 United States Census.
Randy Parton (born December 15, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman, best known as the brother of Dolly Parton and Stella Parton. Born in Sevierville, Tennessee, Parton is the eighth of twelve children born to father, Robert Lee Parton Sr. and mother, Avie Lee Caroline Owens. His siblings are Willadeene Parton (a poet, b. 1940), David Parton (b. 1942), Denver Parton (b. 1943), Dolly Rebecca Parton (singer-songwriter and actress, b. 1946), Bobby Lee Parton (b. 1948), Stella Parton (singer-songwriter, b. 1949), Cassie Parton (singer, b. 1951), Larry G. Parton (b. 1955, d. 1955), twins Floyd Parton (a singer-songwriter, b. 1957), Freida Parton (a singer, b. 1957), and Rachel (née Parton) Dennison (an actress, b. 1959). His sister Dolly Parton has stated in interviews that to her knowledge her father had strayed at least once or twice and fathered three other illegitimate children. He is also distant cousins with adult film actress Julia Parton.
He sang a song in 1984 for the Rhinestone soundtrack, which his sister Dolly starred in.
Stella Parton (born May 4, 1949) is an American country singer and songwriter. She is a younger sister of entertainer Dolly Parton, and musician and businessman Randy Parton. Embarking on a career in music, as her older sister had done, Parton is best known for a series of country singles that charted during the mid- to late-1970s, her biggest hit being 1975's "I Want to Hold You In My Dreams Tonight".