America and American are two of the most misused words in the english language and even in the world.
Most people born in the United States of America don't even know this or don't want to know this (even all Presidents of the U.S. of America)
1- What is America?
For so many years, people have believed that America and The United States (OF America) are the same thing...they are NOT.
America is NOT a country, it is a CONTINENT and there are 36 American Countries in it, going from Greenland and Canada down to Chile and Argentina. Yes, canadians are actually americans.
2- Who is American?
To this day, people still believe that americans are only the people who are born in the United States (OF America).
It might come to a complete surprise that Not only citizens from the U.S. are American but all the people across the southern border are also Americans and all the people across the northern border are Americans, including people born in Canada. So, yes, if you are from Canada you are actually American, even though you are referred to, as Canadian !! (I mentioned before that some things might come as a shock to you).
People think that Americans are white, have blue or green eyes and golden hair. Well, actually we americans are descendants from European people (that is also a shocking news for some people).
The real Americans had/have dark skin, brown eyes and dark hair. (Some Real Native Americans were Apaches, Navajos, Mayans, Aztecs, etcetera).
There are more than 1,000 million Americans in the American Continent from Greenland to Argentina.
Who else is American?:
There are immigrants that are called African-Americans, Asian Americans, etcetera but there are NO Mexican-Americans or Canadian-Americans because they are already Americans. This would be like calling you American-American.
The "American Flag"
People in the U.S. refer to the U.S. flag as THE "american flag". This is INCORRECT
There are more than 35 american countries so there are more than 35 american flags in THE American Continent, not just 1.
In the U.S. (of America) there are hundreds of thousands of Documents, Books, Magazines, Films, TV shows, Songs, Brands, etc using the word America but it these are huge mistakes.
If you search in english on the internet: Map of The American Continent or America, you will only find a Map of The United States (OF America).
But if you search in another language (like spanish) you will find the Map of THE American Continent.
Let's not forget that Google is a company founded in the United States OF America.
Videos(DVDs) to watch about the Real America:
"Latin History for Morons" (2018)
Starring John Leguizamo
"Guide to Black History" (2019) Starring Kevin Hart
Videos to watch on YouTube:
"THIS IS AMERICA (NOT WHAT MOST PEOPLE THINK)"
"America is a CONTINENT, NOT a country. The name of U.S.A. should be Midnorthamerica (or Usania)."
"America - Country or Continent"
"The Countries of the World Song - The Americas"
"The AMERICAN COUNTRIES in English - Flags, map and capitals"
Books to Read:
"A People's History of The United States" by Howard Zinn
"1491" by Charles C. Man
"Las Venas abiertas de America Latina" ("Open Veins of Latin America") by Eduardo Galeano
- alecoibaNovember 2019
In short: The "Americas", which were named by a cartographer in honor of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci (Latin: Americus Vespucius), the mere fact that in 1776 the term "United States of America", written in a letter from a man named Stephen Moylan to Lt. Colonel Joseph Reed, military aide-de-camp to George Washington, "stuck", albeit subsequently shortened to "America" and/or "USA", and thus was coined the term "America" as representative of the sovereign nation controlling the original 13 British Colonies, i.e., what is known as Federal-era America. The short (or nickname, if you prefer) name stuck, not merely among the inhabitants of those formerly British colonies, but as well by foreign -- ENGLAND & THE EUROPEAN CONTINENTAL POWERS IN PARTICULAR -- of the term "America" in reference to "The United States Of America". No "great conspiracy" to monopolize on the word "America", my ill-informed (or simply misguided?) friend. It was not until (much) later that cartographers (ie, people who design maps), geographers, and political entities applied the terms "South" and "Central" as modifiers to the word "America" in order to distinguish among them. That "Canada" is, well, simply "Canada" owes to its own devices: had it seleted a different name, e.g., "The United Canadian Provinces of America" or somesuch, perhaps it, too, would have carried forward w/ an element of the term "America" in popular reference, e.g., "Canadian America". But, seriously, from an etymological standpoint there was about as much chance of such a ridiculous "name" sticking as seeing Godzilla actually rise from the depths of Tokyo Bay.
Got all that?
exRangerNovember 2019Man are you ever off base, my friend. alecoibaDecember 2019The fact is that to this date (and century), people are still misusing the terms, and many people do not know the truth and most people IN the U.S. like yourself, my friend, have a hard time admitting the truth about these facts and people in other continents are being misguided too because of this. If Japan says Asia is only Japan, you´d say "that makes no sense, what about China, Thailand, etc?" but as it is a correction about your own Country, it´s a pill hard to swallow. A mexican comedian and U.S. citizen does stand up jokes about latins and the same night he made a joke about another country and people didn´t laugh so he asked "It´s not funny when it´s you, is it?" and people started cheering and applauding. So, it´s hard when people correct us or talk about us. My intention is not to continue this "he said, he/she said" because it will be an endless history lesson with each person, telling their side of their story. (There´s: My Truth, Your Truth and THE Truth). This is not intended to be political either, is just to INFORM people they´ve been using the wrong terms, specially if this is a place where you learn languages and culture. If (people think) the shoe fits, wear it, if not, well continue believing like this. These mistakes originated (as your recent post says) IN the U.S., so you are giving yourself the answer in who´s wrong about the real facts. Also many Native ("Indian") Americans and African Americans differ on the facts that U.S. History claims and the truth they know.
People that want true facts look it up IN Spanish (specially latin AMERICAN spanish) a research on maps and history in spanish and you´ll get different answers.
"It´s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled" -Mark Twain
Good day to you all.
Amen to that, sister.
As a citizen of The States living in The EU, I am referred to almost always as "The American" by folks in France, Luxembourg, and Germany. Also, when I am "over there", in Ukraina. I gave reminding folks that "an American" can be from Canada, Mexico, Chile, etc. etc. etc., and while referring to a person from The USA as "an American" is perfectly acceptable, a person from The USA is not the only so-called example of "an American". The reactions, for the most part, are shrugs and a persistence to refer to only persons from USA as "American", and all others from countries located "in the Americas" according to the name of their country, e.g., Canadian, Mexican, Salvadoran, Cuban, etc. So, as we say in Russian, "Была не была." (sort'a means "whatever" in "USA" English)
The U.S. is a nation of fifty states covering a great swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation's presence into the Pacific Ocean. Leading Atlantic Coast cities are New York, an international culture and financial center, then capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is recognized for influential structure as well as on probably the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.
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Retried Major, US Army RANGER & LRRP Special Forces, born in AMERICA (ie, USA) who lives in FRANCE. Yo.