According to the census of 1800, the United States of America contained 5,308,4832 persons. In the same year the British Islands contained upwards of fifteen million; the French Republic, more than twenty-seven million. Nearly one-fifth of American people were black slaves; the true political population consisted of four and a half million free whites, or less than one million able-bodied males, on whose shoulders fell the burden of a continent. Even after two centuries of struggle the land was still untamed; forest covered every portion, except here and there a trip of cultivated soil; the minerals lay undisturbed in their rocky beds, and more than two-thirds of the people clung to the seaboard within fifty miles of tidewater, where alone the wants of civilized life could be supplied.
#1. In the United States of America in 1800 _____.
#2. What is the true political population in America in 1800?
#3. Which of the following is not true?
#4. In the context of the paragraph, the word “untamed” means _____.
#5. How long had the struggle to tame the American continent been going on in 1800?