Indeed, U.S.A. is not America!
America is the name of a whole continent. United States of America means that the United States belongs to America and NOT that America belongs to the United States. So, next time you want to refer to The United States of America, you can do it as U.S. or the States or whatever you want but not as only America. Gotcha?
How should I use the term America then?
Here we will show you some wrong and correct uses of the term America:
- This is how we do it in America.
- This is how we do it in the States.
- America is my country and I love it.
- The United States is my country and I love it.
- America lost the Vietnam war.
- U.S.A. lost the Vietnam war.
- Here in America we love Mc Donald's.
- Here in the U.S. we love Mc Donald's.
Please, note that this page in not about demonyms (gentilics) but about the way to call a country.
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11th Mar, 2:56 AMIt's apples and oranges...two different meanings having NOTHING to do with each other. America is a continental name. It is ALSO the name used for a country. Two totally different references. As said before, one does not take away from the other. One does not discount or change the other. The Americas are continents...America is also a country that happens to be on the North American continent. Two different things. Common sense, really...
11th Mar, 1:35 AMNo one is challenging the document. We know all about. Also, no one said the name was 'born' with a country. You are of the attitude in which I refer. It's just that it is NOT ONLY the name of a landm*ss in 1503. Did you READ the header on this page? You just don't get it. America is the name given to the continent. It is also a name to refer to Americans in USA. Also, of course there are BS charts of continents and plates. I ignore the false charts, as I know which are correct. You use all the charts as a whole for convenience of your argument. There are tons of BS charts, etc. online. There are also true charts. These are the ones in which I refer. Why can't YOU understand something so simple. America is the name for a set of continents. It is also a name of a country. No amount of crying, griping or webpages like this are going to change this... ever! In present day, the Americas are North and South America. America is also a name for the USA. This is correct, as this is no longer 1503...this is modern day, and the name usage had changed long ago. This will never change...like it or not. My God, man...just accept it.
10th Mar, 8:38 PMI stopped following comments on this page , I've seen some comments with a sense worthwhile read. But I want to clarify something the lord of this last comment. All Those who are not agree with you, They do not think that United States feels owner of " The Americas " as you say, and the reason is very simple, because for us America is only one continent with 3 divisions corresponding in relation with their names: North America , Central America , and Sud America, this is the most simple and common sense of belonging even for a child, and this is clearly unquestionable although you like it or not . You say that America is merely a word. This explain why you love arguing making comparisons with other names in another contexts like common names or any other childish argument. "America" as a name or word or how you like it, appeared in the history of cartography hundred of years before your ancestors and your founding fathers created your country, and in this point I get the same argument used by you, not matter if it was by mistake, not matter if it was by whatever you want, it was just a "merely" accident or circumstance , right? but it happened. So the word, or name "America" not born with your country, The name or word "America" appeared hundred of years before on a map making reference to the new world, a Continent, although you like it or not. This legitimate cartographic document is in exibition in the library of the congress of your country, go to watch it and look when is dated (1507). I can't understand how a guy with your education can't understand something so simple. You make a fool trying to challenge the contents of that legitimate document trying to disprove something just with *censored*umptions or arguments that sound like gossip gossips like someone else has said it in this page. You say that you know about Geology, well so you know that there is not only an only one model for define how many continents there are, Europe? Eurafrasia, Eurasia? Africa? America?. Who knows how many more....You take the one you should for your convinience. People who are not agree with you can prove that America was the name given for a continent a long before your country existed, the evidence is in the library of your congress. People who are not agree with you can prove based in the common sense of belonging, and the root of a word that Nort America, South America and Central America comes from America as a domain name, as the whole. What you are able to argue. What do you can argue with evidences, and not with coloquial weakly comments without any sustenace, just a the vernacular missconception. Finishing my comment for you I say you: The name of "America" goes beyond what language you speak, your geological plates and your cosmopolitan view. America is the name of an only one Continent, And there's nothing that proves otherwise consistently. I also recommend watching this video [www.youtube.com/watch?v=3maelyKRvu4]. Regards.
10th Mar, 2:47 AM@ 9th Mar, 6:45 PM --Spain? I've been there...love the weather! Being from Texas, I guess I would, right? Yeah, my work requires a lot of travel. It's easy when one remembers that the world is only so big. I am a scientist, or more specifically, an Astrophysicist, working primarily in Astromechanics at this time. I am constantly tracking from observatories around the world. Sometimes, I have holiday and can explore the areas in which I travel. Geology is key here, as it is my second study and is useful in my work. It's also a great hobby. Now, to the subject at hand: One problem is the attitude listed in the header of this page. It quotes: 'United States of America means that the United States belongs to America and NOT that America belongs to the United States.' This is incorrect, and the fuel for this whole debate. Americans do NOT think that the American continents belong to the US. This is an arrogant attitude by haters...not the truth of what Americans (US) think at all. This was obviously conceived by someone sitting around, noticing that America the continents and America the nation share the same name. They seem to hate the US and made up the idea that Americans (US) think they own the whole landm*ss. This is ridiculous and simply not true. America the word does not mean continent...it's merely a name. It names two landm*sses and is also used to name a country. The People of the US cannot refer to themselves as USers, USians, State-eans, etc....that's dumb. As I mentioned before, one should be able to tell the difference when refering to America in conversation. It's just a name. It can also refer to people of a nation...and is understood as such by people with common sense. By the 'haters' way of thinking, a man named 'John' cannot have that name because someone before him is also named 'John.' Ridiculous, right? Of course it is. Some hater thinking 'Those Americans think they own everything' started all this debate, and it's absurd! People refer to one by ones nationality. To say 'European' usually refers either a certain general area or to a 'style' of living, given the part of the world in which they live. It doesn't refer to ones national heritage. To call the French a German would really piss off the French, and vice-versa. To call a Turk a Russian would piss off the Turk, and vice-versa. One cannot refer to people only by the landm*ss on which they live. Do you get my drift? Same holds true for people of different nationalities in North and South America. People should be proud of their nationality and its heritage, but not arrogant about it. US citizens are refered to as Americans, meaning the country, not the continent. Canadians refer to themselves as Canadian, not North American. The name 'America' does not come with some rule stating it can only be used in one respect. If this were true, there could only be one person in history rightfully able to have the name 'Jesus'...and that's Christ himself. This page is only a nit-pik at a word, and that's all it is...a word. Use of it in either sense does not in any way take away from the other. People need to chill. There is no reason to question or be angry about it. The Americas (continents) are wonderful for discovery. Also, America (US) is a great country for discovery as well. This is how it is, and will remain as such. Now, the map in question does not show two separate continents because they simply couldn't see it. H*ll, they didn't even have South America drawn correctly...and how could they? Their methods were primative. Today, we have the technology and the means unavailable back then. Someone here even suggested that North America was under water at the time the map was made. Are you kidding me? Yeah, right...an entire landm*ss suddenly emerged within a few hundred years. What an idiot! Exploration was VERY primative back then. We now know that North and South America are separate landm*sses. Technology in exploration has come a long way since the 15th century. If we ignored todays findings and only refered to old documents, we would still believe the world is flat. People back then had no idea what a tectonic plate is. Convenience? No, science is about fact, not convenience. Discovery is a wonderful thing, isn't it? It's the foundation of my work, and also of humanity. Without it, where would we be today? Cheers!
9th Mar, 7:05 PMHi every body I watched the videos suggested for some guys here, all of them just talk about guessing, *censored*umptions or personal points of views, but this video es really reputable [www.youtube.com/watch?v=3maelyKRvu4]
9th Mar, 6:45 PMI'm happy for you that you can do these trips. Many things in the History can be questionable and controversials. Concrete and clear is that those who defend the origin and identity of America as a Continent, we have no hate your country, and as it is expressed in the comment of the guy from Ecuador living in U.S. this much reflects the background of those who respect what History and cartography shows about chronology of events in the past. The formal History is based on specific and legitimate evidences, but not just on conjectures or *censored*umptions. The chronology of events in the past are important in history in order to dont end up in the stupid dilemma about who was first, "the chicken or the egg", right?. Based in the vernacular of your country, saying that North America the (North Of America), or South America (South Of AMERICA) are two separated continents, and in addition saying that a country located in North America is named America sounds really stupid. How they got their names? South America (South OF AMERICA) , North America (North OF AMERICA), what is the whole? and which are the parts of the whole? Makes sense right?. Now putting aside the logic and comomn sense of belonging. A legitimate Cartographic document proves that America was the name conceived for the new world as a continent nearly 507 years ago, and 300 years before you country was created as a nation. This is an event proved in history and backed by a legitimate document, at any case the name of America was the birth name for the new world as a continent and officially this is the birth Certificate of America as a Continent nowadays, but not as a country. If you talk about geological plates, to discuss about separate continents, imagine what would happen in Europe or anywhere else in the world. It's stupid to be combining the names of the continents and creating new names all the time. It is more questionable only do so for convenience. If I wanted to base my position on geography, then I would say look at a map!! and see that America (north center and south) are one large land m*censored* that corresponds to the concept of what a continent means. You do not recognize America Center as the central part of America, and I wonder if it can exist North and South without a center?. If you realize about all of this, We are millions and millions of people in the world being not ignorant or having a lower education say that America is really a name of a Continent. In the educational system of our countries, not is South America only, even Europe, or in Spain where I am living, We call you "Americans" just for a convience or a short name, but never we accept the ridiculous idea about that America is officialy or not, the name of a country. Always take into account that.
9th Mar, 11:13 AMNice to correspond with you. I am from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. I'm currently in Europe (Germany)...perhaps we can write more later. I look to be going to Antarctica later this year.
9th Mar, 9:58 AMI am from Ecuador, but I currently live in the United States. I admire and respect this country because this is where I am growing up and learning new things. However, I remember learning that the continent where I lived was AMERICA where there was a big country called The United States of America. This did not mean that they were the only Americans, they were only one part. All these comments and arguments lead me to the conclusion that this is just misunderstood. Also that people got used to refer to the USA as America. Some people claim that South America and North America are different continents. Even some Europeans claim that. If it is like that, we would say that only West-Europeans are Europeans and not the rest in the other countries that are not the west. I have friends from Asia, Africa and Europe who have told me that when they just came to this country they thought that all Latinos were Mexicans and that they did not even know what continent they were in. All what they know was that they were coming to AMERICA. I understand that most people refer to the United States as America because they are accustomed. Nonetheless, that does not mean it is the correct. I have never heard people calling United States citizens other than Americans. When we refer to people from Mexico, we call them Mexican, from Ecuador, Ecuadorians, Colombia, Colombians, Peruvians, Venezuelans and more. When they refer to people from the United States they just take the last part of the name (United States of America) to call them Americans forgetting that there are other countries that are part of America just like Europeans who are part of the continent of Europe without matting which country they are from. I may not know so much about this topic. I recognize that I am an ignorant, meaning that I ignore so much, just like everybody else but I believe that common sense and logical ideas help. We all know that the continent is America, not only the United States. I would also like to add that this is not to create any problem. I do not think that it is fear to mention who is smarter or stronger. This is a confusion that was made long time ago which nobody in the actuality should be guilty for. I am 17 years old and I like knowing different point of views respecting all of them, but I strongly agree with the owner of this page. I would have been just be a little bit more respectful when referring to people from the United States. Although we were not born here, we are part of the USA too. I am growing up loving this country and the best thing to do would be to live peacefully respecting each other. People are trying to find answers, not discussions that lead to disrespect.
9th Mar, 3:51 AMBtw, what country are you from? I ask because perhaps we can collaborate and find new things together. I travel the world, and am currently in Europe. I have travelled to South America many times as well. My last visit was to Venezuela, near the Colombian border.
9th Mar, 3:40 AMIncidently, it seems the British had something to do with the naming of North America, as records indicate the Scandinavian texts were found showing a similar name for North America dating long before the Verspucci map naming South America. They found the names similar, so, according to some scholars, the English name 'America' was added, to keep it all similar. I doubt this, as I have found that many other cultures claim to have found the ancient texts...Russians, Germans, etc...but we may never know. Also, many old documents were burned by Hitler's forces in WW2, and this caused much of humanity's dicumentation to be lost forever. Hitler was truly a sick man...
9th Mar, 3:26 AMBtw, I never said that the map was fake, as it IS real. I only found that, according to the German who actually MADE the map claimed and recorded to have named it falsely. According to record, when he tried to pull the name, it was too late, as the name had already widely spread and was coomonly known by too many to change it.
9th Mar, 3:20 AMThe map in the museum is but only one piece of the puzzle. You cannot a**ume that it is the only piece, or if it is even true, as the German map-maker later recorded it to be false. Yes, Americans are taught in school that Verspucci is where we get the name, but many discoveries have been made since, and more are being discovered even now. It IS interesting to research these things and find new records. Who knows, perhaps the name originated from the Asians, who were historically the first to go there in the years BC.
9th Mar, 3:10 AMAlthough the truth of the naming of America may never be known 100%, the use of America as a nation by no means takes away the name America as a continent. Anyone with half a brain should be able to tell the difference while speaking, depending on the context in which it is used. Yes, America is the name of two continents. In another form of context, it is used to describe the US. Clearly, when having a conversation, one can tell the difference. Today, America is both...depending on how you mean in. Our language is evolved enough to tell the difference. Still, it is interesting to find the truth of the naming, aside of whether Verspucci, Welchman Richard Amerike, Norsemen in the 11th century naming it Ommerike (meaning 'farthest outland'), earlier Gothic 'Amalric', or Viking 'Amterik', meaning 'Land of Erik', and others are truly responsible for the 1st naming of the new world. There IS compelling evidence that Verspucci was not the original, considering that his name was mistakenly added by a German map-maker without Verspucci's knowledge...a decision the German later regretted (he found it to be false). Incidently, the name AMERICA or AMERRIQUE in the Mayan language means, a country of perpetually strong wind, or the Land of the Wind, and sometimes the suffix '-ique' and '-ika' can mean not only wind or air but also a spirit that breathes, life itself...having nothing to do with any person's name at all. The truth is, we may never know...
9th Mar, 1:54 AMI am agree with this guy. Plane and simple!! AMERICA MEANS CONTINENT DEAL WITH HISTORY!!!.....
9th Mar, 1:49 AMYour comment looks like a lot of crap, just *censored*umptions, your "piece" looks like gossips of godmothers, really pathetic, just claptrap. The truth is that well off by mistake or not, America was the name that appeared on a map hundreds of years before your country exists on the landm*censored* defined as the new word, a new CONTINENT , there is the proof of that. If Vispucci was gay , or if it was printed in Guadalumpur or that he said and she didn't say.... give me a break!!!! Are The authorities who manage the history and documents in your country so so stupids for paying millions of dollars for that map, and not having investigated?? haaaaaa!! So you say that what is exhibiting in the library of your congress is crap. it is fake?? Bla bla bla bla.......Really you give me pity and laughter . Go to learn real History, not gossips
9th Mar, 1:44 AMAmericans are taught in school that the name comes from Verspucci, but later evidence shows several other possibilitues. The truth is, we may never know the real truth. Here's a highly informative link discussing this-- (www.uhmc.sunysb.edu/surgery/america.html)
9th Mar, 1:11 AMHere is another interesting video about America--(www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVMZC4y4zXU)
9th Mar, 12:49 AMMost Americans love the S. American cultures and peoples. I myself have friends from Colombia and Mexico...very nice folks. This page seems to only start trouble where it isn't needed.
9th Mar, 12:46 AM@ 8th Mar, 2:47 PM post--North America was not under water...are you kidding? It was simply not drawn correctly because it was not explored. Also, Americans know when the N. American and S. Americans continents were discovered. Of course we do. America in singular form also refers to the US...and this reference does not mean Americans think they own everything. People who accuse Americans of this are ignorantly trying to start trouble.
* showing the last 20 shouts.9th Mar, 12:31 AMI found this interesting piece--America was named by mistake. The claim that Amerigo Vespucci discovered the mainland of the New World before Columbus has long been discredited and even the traditional date of his birth, March 9th, was apparently that of someone else of the same name, born in a different year. The American maritime historian Samuel Eliot Morison called Vespucci ‘the most controversial character in the history of discovery’, variously considered a bold explorer or a conceited liar. He came from a well-connected family in Florence, the son of a notary named Nastagio Vespucci, and his relatives included the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci, Botticelli’s model for Venus. By the time he was in his mid-thirties he was working for the Medici bank. In the early 1490s he was in Seville as *censored*istant to Giannotto Berardi, who looked after Medici business interests in Spain. Berardi knew Christopher Columbus and helped finance him, and Columbus and Vespucci became friends. In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue to the West Indies, and returned there the following year. In 1497 John Cabot crossed the North Atlantic from Bristol and landed somewhere, perhaps on Newfoundland. In 1498 Columbus discovered the mainland of South America at the mouth of the Orinoco in Venezuela, which he thought might be the earthly paradise. A Spanish expedition under Alonso de Ojeda left in 1499 to explore the Venezuelan coast and in 1500 a squadron of Portuguese ships bound for the Indian Ocean under Pedro Alvares Cabral steered far to the west in the Atlantic and bumped into Brazil. Vespucci had meanwhile succeeded Berardi on the latter’s death in 1495 and at some point he started to go adventuring himself. In 1503 or 1504 he claimed – or somebody using his name did – that in 1497 he had sailed to the mainland of the New World, before Columbus, and discovered Brazil. It is now considered certain that Vespucci never left Spain in 1497 and that the earliest he could have gone to the New World was in 1499, when he supposedly joined Ojeda’s voyage to Venezuela. Cynics doubt his account of that as well. Vespucci did make a voyage to Brazil in Portuguese service, which left Lisbon in 1501 and may have discovered the River Plate and explored the Patagonian coast, and he may have made another voyage from Lisbon two years later, but his accounts of his exploits are vague and confusing. His Mundus Novus (‘The New World’) was probably first printed in Florence in 1503 or 1504, with a German edition in 1504. Its lurid portrayal of the natives of South America as comely, naked, promiscuous cannibals aroused fascinated interest. An anarchic lot, they had no kings, laws or regular meal times: they ate when they felt like it. The geographer Martin Waldseemüller was so impressed that he coined the name America in honour of Vespucci on a map in 1507. He later decided he was wrong and that the credit for discovering the New World really belonged to Columbus. He removed the name America from his map of 1513, but too late. It had caught on and suggested alternatives like Atlantis and Columbiana never displaced it. Vespucci had somehow remained on friendly terms with Columbus and in 1505 he was living in Columbus’s household in Seville. Columbus thought him ‘a most honourable man, very desirous of pleasing me.’ Columbus died in 1506, before the Waldseemüller map came out, and two years later Vespucci, who claimed to be the world’s most skilful sea captain, was appointed chief navigator to the Casa de Contratacion, which controlled the Spanish New World trade. He was probably fifty-eight when he died in Seville in 1512. An engaging footnote to his story is that the chief customs official at Bristol, who greeted John Cabot when he returned there from his voyage of 1497, was called Richard a Meyric. Bristolians like to think that America was really named after him.