Published: September 2005
Did You Know?
In Did You Know? the National Geographic magazine team shares extra information we gathered to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects.

No U.S. President has ever made an official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In fact, only seven U.S. Presidents have ever journeyed to Africa while in office, cumulatively making stops in just 14 of 53 countries (26 percent). Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first in 1943, and Bill Clinton has visited the most countries with ten. Egypt has been the most common destination, followed by Morocco and Nigeria. Understandably, secretaries of state charged with negotiating and carrying out U.S. foreign policy have visited twice as many African countries as U.S. Presidents, or 30 of 53 nations. For comparison, U.S. Presidents have visited 24 of 47 Asian countries, or 51 percent, and secretaries of state 45 of 47, or 96 percent.

For a complete record of travel abroad by U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State, go online.

—Heidi Schultz