Why do some people speak about Europe and Africa as if they are two countries?
For the same reasons they talk about America as if it is only one country (the United States). They neglect Canada and Mexico as part of North America and all of South and Central America.
The people of the world generally think in terms of "nations." Many countries can be linked together this way because of culture, history, or socio-political views.
Ignorance and a broken education system is at the root of the problem.
When I was in the 7th grade we had to know every country in the world and its capitol. For the larger ones we also had to know their main products and GNP.
Today kids don't know what countries border the US.
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