Central America is located between North and
South America, but is considered part of the North American Continent. It
is surrounded by 3 bodies of water: the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, the
Pacific Ocean to the southwest and the Gulf of Mexico to the north.
Quick facts about Central America:
Before Columbus' visit, most of Central America was part of the Mesoamerican
Most of the region lies atop what is called the Caribbean Plate, an area
frequented by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
The Aztec Empire built many cities throughout Central America.