America, The Beautiful Continent
The name America appears to generate much controversy these days but not so when the entire map of the continent was commissioned by the Spanish crown in 1523. If we were to ask the mass of European uneducated immigrants migrating to the U.S. in the 1800’s or even early 1900’s they will all tell us in some form of broken English: “We are going to America.” It was never easy for most persons to pronounce the full name given by the founding fathers when they wrote we the people of The United States of America.
The United States of America was never considered a country called America until ethnocentric and isolationist president Monroe took office in the United States in 1817 declaring that the only thing of value in the continent was America invoking the name of the entire continent as the name of one nation alone. Roman emperators did this declaring they were god and they were Rome even-though the Roman Empire was a vast and ethnically rich territory.
Considering when the name AMERICA was first used, we must look into the writings of cartographer Americo Vespucio commissioned by the Spanish crown in 1512 to create a map of the entire continent. Vespucio was not commissioned by the English, the German or anyone of Anglo-Saxon origin but by Isabel of Spain and the Spanish crown.
We must also remember the first rule in etymological syntax: A name cannot be a part of the definition. The previous being said, the name America cannot be in the Americas because the name cannot be contained within the definition. If such continent named Americas exists then each country must be named America in some fashion because it is plural. We all agree with the three fractions or even the two fraction division of the continent whether divided into North and South America alone or even North, Central and South America. As such, America can never be located inside North America as America itself is the name and it can never be a part of the definition.
Consider the Following As Well
- The U.S. constitution does read on its preamble: “…We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…”
- The U.S. constitution preamble does not read: “…We the People of America…”
- The name of each branch of the U.S. government: U.S. Immigration, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Army, etc. Not one single entity was ever named as the American Army or the American Supreme Court as America was understood for three centuries a continent and never as a country.
- The ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES is a world organization of countries/states and Texas is NOT in it. There were 35 countries originally included in 1826 when formed, one country added and signed as The United States of America. Each member of this organization, each citizen of each country is known as an AMERICAN.
- If you travel anywhere in the world under any airline or immigration office, the pull down window will reveal the name known as ‘merica by many is actually listed under the letter U as The United States of America, why not the letter T?
- Your U.S passport says you are a citizen of the United States of America NOT just an American Citizen.
- Any person born between Alaska in North America and Patagonia in Argentina is considered an American including the Islands in the Caribbean Antilles, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Granada, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba and Curacao.
Those of us born in the U.S. or anywhere in the AMERICAN continent consider quite offensive the implication that we are no longer Americans and that only the country with citizens in the worst education spot in the continent are considered citizens of the continent even as they are number 39 with the worst spot in education currently even unable to pin point countries in a world map: