Why you call United States "America"?

America is a continent.....

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  • hace 7 meses

    I certainly don't.

    Back in the mid-1800s, the leaders of the United States of America (as opposed to the United States of Mexico) thought that it was their divine duty to form a single country out of the entire continent of America (North and South).

    Their dream was to convince every single colony to get rid of their European colonizer, and join the Union. The first step was to inform European "old countries" that they would no longer tolerate any colonization (or recolonization) of any territory in the Americas. Thus was born the "Monroe Doctrine" (which got that name after Munroe left power).

    Unfortunately for the USA, the first colony that did liberate itself from its colonists (the French) was Haiti: they were run by blacks, they were catholics and they had just banned slavery. Three strikes against them. And thus the dream faltered on the first attempt.

    Around the same time was born the American "value" of Manifest Destiny: white, anglo-saxon protestants in the USA brainwashing themselves into believing that God had given them the role of diminating all other races all over the world (sounds like Hitler, doesn't it).

    Combining the two, the residents of the USA started calling their country "America", in the hope that they would occupy (and dominate) the entire continent.

    Fuente(s): Usual course material in undergraduate history programs throughout the world... except in the USA, perhaps.
  • hace 7 meses

    Because we can, we have this thing called free speech. Aside from that and for a very long time, it's been accepted that "America" means the United States of America.

  • hace 7 meses

    The meaning of the word American in the English language varies according to the historical, geographical, and political context in which it is used. American is derived from America, a term originally denoting all of the New World (also called the ... In adjectival use, it means "of or relating to the United States"; for example, ...

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    hace 7 meses

    "America"  is Short for United States of America.

    The actual name of the Continent is "North America"  Or "South America"

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    hace 7 meses

    "America" is not a continent. Despite the fact the prior to the excavation of the Panama Canal North and South America were contiguous, even as a cohesive whole, the preferred nomenclature was "The Americas." 

    When an English speaker uses the term "America", it's understood that the person is referring specifically to The United States. I'm an Irishman. I've lived in the UK and I've traveled extensively throughout the English speaking world - in The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and in all of those places the preferred term for the USA is "America." 

    People from countries where English is not the official or major language tend to put the blame on Americans themselves for this, but the truth is that the word "America" has NEVER been used to specifically refer to any particular place, country, region or geographical area other than the USA. We're all familiar with the origins, the name "America" is a variation on "Amerigo." But English speakers have never used the word "America" to refer to North and South America collectively. Because they have always been seen as two distinguishable entities, the term is almost always pluralised and so "The Americas" makes perfect sense and easily denotes that one is referring to both landmasses together. 

    The United States has only been in existence for a little over 240 years. The name "America" goes back much further than that, but it was adopted by people who speak a wide range of different languages and each group has its own particular parameters that they set for what's meant by the term. And ironically enough, despite the flak Americans themselves get for their perceived appropriation of the term, in the early days of American independence, numerous suggestions were offered up for an alternative name - notably Alleghania and Columbia, the latter being taken off the table when the newly independent South American nation formally adopted it in 1819. 

    In regards to the argument that ["The United States" isn't really a name], well, it could be argued that "The United Kingdom" isn't really a name - it's a collective term for the four constituent countries that make up the UK, just as each of the fifty US states has a name, and they all come together to form a whole. Is "South Africa" a proper name? I suppose it could be argued that it is, but "North Africa" and "East Africa" and "West Africa" are all regions, so one would have to say "southern Africa" to talk about the region without confusing the listener. Is "New Zealand" a name? Well, arguably, yes. But quite an asinine one. It was named after the Dutch Province of Zeeland, but given the spelling used for the Danish Island of Sjælland. 

    And have you ever taken the time to look up the origins and meanings of many of the countries in the world? There are quite a few that aren't very flattering. Plus, countries that have been around for a while are known by different names according to who you're talking with. Practically every country in Europe goes by its own native name, but the name in English won't be the same as what it is in French or Russian. The word "America" is widespread. It's easy to say, it can be easily adapted to suit practically any and every tongue, it works well with the adjectival form and the demonym - "American." It's all around a great name. Simple, easy to say, easy to remember, and doesn't sound like any other country. 

    And to come back to the adjective and demonym "American", nobody in Canada or Brazil ever refers to him or herself as an "American." Canadians don't say "I'm North American" and Brazilians don't say "I'm South American." Anybody who claims to have an issue with the citizens of The United States getting if not exclusive rights to the term, at least getting the most use out of it is only compelled to gripe about that out of envy. They're envious of the fact that they're not Americans and so the least little thing they can do is whinge about the use of the term. It's incredibly petty and stupid and I've never met anybody who wasn't from Latin America or Canada getting their knickers in a twist over it. All across the English speaking world from New York to London to Dublin to Glasgow to Sydney to Cape Town to Auckland to the Caribbean to India and so on, EVERYBODY calls the USA "America", it's only people in Latin America and Canada that complain about it. 

    Final argument: Let's say you had a valid argument, which you don't, but let's pretend that you did - what happens then? Are you going to convince the entire world to change just because you think they should? Do you think Americans themselves will ever stop using the term? Do you think they'll ever stop calling their leader "The American President" or that he'll stop calling them "the American people"? Do you think that people in Britain and Ireland will change after using the term "America" for hundreds of years? Not going to happen. 

    The point is that you're wrong, and even if you weren't, it still wouldn't matter. The United States, The US, The States, America, who gives a toss? Obviously being from the opposite side of the Atlantic I haven't got a dog in the race, but it seems as though the issue has already been settled and that the best course of action would simply be to accept that and move on with your life and focus on more important things. You insisting that it's incorrect won't solve anything and your annoyance won't change anything either. Lighten up and just let it go.  

  • hace 7 meses

    The United States is formally named as 'The United States of America'.

    This name is casually shortened to USA , US , US of A , United States, and America.

    Yes!!! Agreed with you , that (North/South) America are continents. The United States of America is located in the continent of North America.

  • Phil
    Lv 6
    hace 7 meses

    There is no continent named America.

    There is a continent named North America,

    there is a continent named South America,

    but no continent named America.

    and don't accuse me of being pedantic-you started it.

  • John
    Lv 6
    hace 7 meses

    The official name of the nation is the United States of America.  America is a shortcut term for that name.  There are actually 2 American continents, North and South America.  No other nation on either continent, however, has the word America as part of its name.

  • Anónimo
    hace 7 meses

    Oh wow, you just thought of this.  

  • Anónimo
    hace 7 meses

    Wow, really? This isn't anything we haven't hear at least a hundred times before. Try again.

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