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    What did the British refer to "americans" as prior to 1776????

    I'm interested as to when referring to the nationality of an American: what year did this come into practice?? what did the British rulers refer to 'colonials' as during the pre-1776 period.

    I mean surely the title "United States of America" only came about after you won independence from the SUPERPOWER that is Britain. so in my mind the terms "Americans" of phrase like "He's American" or "Hes Canadian" could only have come about after the revolution. was it 1776 when the yanks won independence and christened their nation "the united states of America"? OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING ?

    was the term "American" established already in earlier colonial days. did the British rulers already refer to the colonials as 'Americans'? was it already a general name to describe people of that nationality long before 1776?

    FYI: to avoid confusion. I mean SPECIFICALLY in reference to the nationality (I.e. the USA). Not the AMERICAS as a whole.
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    Britain isn't a superpower and Americans don't really care how the Brits refer to people of other nationalities. Americans had to win their independence from every European nation that attempted to take control of the American territories in addition to engaging in numerous territorial wars with the indigenous people who were here prior to the arrival of the Europeans. It certainly wasn't as simple as merely fighting the British.

    The lands of the Western Hemisphere had been known as "America" since 1507, when German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller produced a world map naming the lands after Amerigo Vespucci. The country name "United States of America" dates back to January of 1776. Prior to that, King George most likely referred to Americans as a Pain in His Royal Ass.
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    "The colonies", or by the names of the settlements, probably. Maybe "The Americas".
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Britain isn't a superpower and Americans don't really care how the Brits refer to people of other nationalities. Americans had to win their independence from every European nation that attempted to take control of the American territories in addition to engaging in numerous territorial wars with the indigenous people who were here prior to the arrival of the Europeans. It certainly wasn't as simple as merely fighting the British.

    The lands of the Western Hemisphere had been known as "America" since 1507, when German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller produced a world map naming the lands after Amerigo Vespucci. The country name "United States of America" dates back to January of 1776. Prior to that, King George most likely referred to Americans as a Pain in His Royal Ass.
    so basically that's a no then. you weren't known as 'americans' until after the revolution

    we were a superpower in 1776
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    "The colonies", or by the names of the settlements, probably. Maybe "The Americas".
    MAYBE we just called them the colons

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    What's the point of this thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    MAYBE we just called them the colons
    Colonists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    so basically that's a no then. you weren't known as 'americans' until after the revolution

    we were a superpower in 1776
    Not really. We probably would not have beaten the British Empire if not for France. After the war, we were still a fledgling little nation with no standing Army, no Navy, and the only thing between us and the military might of the European nations was the Ocean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    Not really. We probably would not have beaten the British Empire if not for France. After the war, we were still a fledgling little nation with no standing Army, no Navy, and the only thing between us and the military might of the European nations was the Ocean.
    Considering that the British burned the White House in 1814, you're probably right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    so basically that's a no then. you weren't known as 'americans' until after the revolution

    we were a superpower in 1776
    Well......England had colonies all over the globe, so " Colonials" did not say much. We WERE known in part as America, or the American Colonies. USA... wasn't happening yet and terms like Yanks,Cowboys, Wankers... came along later.

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