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Have you ever wondered why the USA is called "America" and the rest of the continent is known as North America, Central America, Latin America or whatever?

Well... nothing could be more wrong than thinking that the USA is "America" and the rest is something else. It is like believing that only France would be Europe and Germany, the UK and Norway would be in "Germanic Europe" while Spain and Portugal would be "Latin Europe"...

It is, in other words, plain stupid, a demonstration of ignorance by anyone uttering "America" as a synonym of the United States of America, which is a very respectable, beautiful and interesting country, but not America based on ancient documents.

Moreover: Documents indicate that if any part of the American continent has any right to be called just America, it would be South America. That's what history says, so don't blame anyone!

The name "AMERICA" was already in use to describe the whole continent more than a century before the first settlers went to North America sailing in the Mayflower, and about 270 years before 1776.


Just think about Americo Vespucci, that smart guy who found out that Columbus had run into a into a new continent. The man was born in 1454 in Florence, Italy and died in 1512 in Seville, Spain (and not in similary-named towns in some redneck wonderland in the USA midwest)... That is quite a lot of time before David Crockett, you see?

Indeed, the Waldseemüller map from 1507, which was the first that used the name America, put the name over South America, and called the rest of the continent "Paria" (Pariah). .

So the USA can be granted the right to be considered as part of America, but not it itself. Doing that would be like intellectual robbery and I don't think that the same nation that sent Apollo XI to the Moon would really need that for self-motivation.

Insisting on using "America" as a synonym for USA would be like stealing someone ese's copyright. It mignt not be ilegal, of course, but why would the people of a nation as great as the USA, with so many achievements, would need to steal a name, which is the work of cheap copycats?

Come on guys, let's be honest and call things properly.

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