Animated Why is America called America? – WIAW #5
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Have you ever wondered why people from the US are called Americans? Or why the continent of America was called America in the first place? Well in this … .

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43 thoughts on “Animated Why is America called America? – WIAW #5 | BWG

  1. I am from Chile, and consider myself an American as well. In fact, when people from the U.S. refer to themselves as American, folks in South America know what they mean. We just call them estadounidense. We also believe that there are many Americans; Brazilians and Peruvians are Americans, Hondurans and Panamanians are Americans, Canadians are Americans, etc.

  2. The only people who thinks America is a country are the angloxasons living in the US…. 34/35 countries in America refer to this as a Continent, and its citizens as Gringos becuase they have no name!!!

  3. In Costa Rica, we are taught that America is the continent, and it is divided into North America, Central America, and South America. So, your country would be the United States, the citizens, estadounidenses, and in a very informal way you're called gringos

  4. The original 13 colonies called themselves “ The United Sates of America” because they needed to called themselves something against the British in the war for independence. So they called themselves “ The United States ( there were 13 colonies United to fight for their independence) of America ( because they were in the Americas, the continent) Plain and simple. So everyone in North or South America is a American. Just like Italians, Germans, Spaniard, French and many more are European, that’s from what continent they are from, not the country.

  5. They claim the name first? Where there older colonies, countries in other parts of the American continent and they were refer to as “ Americans”by Europeans way before the U S was even colonized.

  6. United States of America is not a name, but a political condition. Is like every country wich it name starts wit "Democratic Republic of [insert name here]", but without the name. Yours is a nameless country, therefore you dont know how call yourselves, so you dont have any other option than steal the name of the entire contintent.

    Your founding fathers dont made their homework as they should, simply as that.

  7. América definitely is NOT a country and furthermore "American" is NOT a nationality or citizenship. Very simple
    Anyone who uses these 2 terms is due to ignorance, conceitedness, or/and arrogance. Very simple.
    I was born in the United States of América and anyone born or becomes a "natural" resident here, OFFICIALLY, are U.S. CITIZENS. Very simple.
    North América & South América are collectively known as AMÉRICA, the American Continent(s). Very simple.
    Anyone born on AMÉRICA is an American, even Canadians, jajaja. Very simple.
    América means America & America means América in ANY language especially English here in AMÉRICA. Nothing gets lost in translation. Very simple

  8. America is a Continent, not a Country.
    North America and South America They are subdivisions of a single continent, named after a navigator in the service of Spain.

    Why does the international Olympic committee use five flags?
    Easy, because there are five CONTINENTS

    Europe
    Asia
    Africa
    Oceania
    AMERICA

  9. I'm American, I am from Mexico a country on the American continent.
    (America is a continent, not a country).
    This was said by the German cartographer, Martín Waldseemüller
    who introduced the word "America".
    To designate the lands of the Spanish Empire in the new continent (Not two continents).

  10. So the video says people from USA are called Americans because they call it first but they also say the continent was named American first… 🤔🤔?? I thought u would have a better argument

  11. Well… Actually it depends on the language you speak, America refers to both country and continent. English use Americans for people from the United Estates of America, and also for people from the Americas, and all the citizens of the OAS (the American UN) Organisation of American States. Spanish uses América for América del Norte, Central and del Sur, and the USA as well, all of them are Americans.

  12. The name of the country is a sentence, "The United States of America", so it is rare that its name does not include the words "United States", that is "Usamericans" (pronunciation: u-sa-mericans). Also in other English-speaking countries I have read that they sometimes say "American continent" and in the United States itself there is the Organization of American States.

  13. Well, the reason most people use the word "America" to describe the U.S. is because none of the other nations in the Americas have the word in their name. Also, the "Amerigo Vespucci" story is not quite accurate, as the name for this continent actually comes from the indigenous word for the land. Amaruca, or Amaraca means "land of the serpent". Remember that many of the natives residing here worshipped Quetzalcuatl, or Kulkulkan who was a "Winged Serpent" hence the source of the name. Some assert that Amerigo Vespucci's actual name was Alberigo, and that he changed his name to sound more like the name of the newly discovered continent and then claimed to name the continent after himself to enhance his notoriety. I can't say I will disregard that as a possibility, seeing the propensity to self promotion humans exhibit. 😀

  14. I thought that the self name "America, just for 1 county begun in the second war…. With the propagand (you know… Uncle Sam), and to give more…. Amm… Territory they just called America (America for Americans), and that name remained until nowdays.

    But… How do we now…..
    AMERICA IS A WHOLE CONTINET and not just 1 country of 35 countries

  15. Like everything else, the British Empire created a mess… Called their colonies America, introduced the empirial system and abbreviated Football Association to Soccer. Also, although the official name of Mexico is The United States of Mexico, I'm pretty sure they refer to their country as just Mexico and to the US as the United States. The issue, and maybe most of outsiders don't seem to realize, is the fact that can't just call dibs and expect everyone to go along with it, otherwise the world would be divided in half between Spain and Portugal. It's not just offensive because they took the name for themselves, but also because we are seen as the rest and that create a self-righteous prejudice towards us "non-americans from the south". It's just like Turkish, Russians not seen as Europeans because they're not from Western Europe.

  16. I'm AMERICAN I'm from Mexico 🇲🇽

    America is a continent, not a country.
    This was said by the German cartographer, Martín Waldseemüller
    who introduced the word "America".
    To designate the lands of the Spanish Empire in the new continent (Not two continents).

  17. "U.S.A." has become our name now and is more than the sum of its parts. Words and names evolve over time. In ENGLISH, for many decades/centuries The "New World" was used until the U.S. developed. Since then, everything relating to the U.S. (people, culture, etc.) has always been "American". English considers North and South America separate continents. Therefore, it is correct to say "North America, South America or the Americas" when speaking of the continents. Also, United States of America is the ONLY nation in the Americas to have "America" in its name, the first in the continents to break free from Europe, the only superpower — and English is the universal language of the world. I mean, the United States of Mexico is just called Mexico right? Same thing. America is short for U.S.A. It's very simple. "America" and "American" on their own refers to the U.S.A. only — in English. So it depends on what language you are speaking. One last thing — ever notice that the Canadians never wanted to be referred to as Americans? It's only the Hispanic countries that get all butthurt about it to be honest.

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