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Americans are the citizens and nationals of the United States of America. The country is home to a diverse population due to its history of mass immigration from many countries.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The term "American" comes from "America", which is derived from the name of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Vespucci was the first to suggest that the New World discovered by Christopher Columbus was not the eastern edge of Asia, but a separate landmass.

History[edit | edit source]

The history of Americans begins with the indigenous peoples who inhabited the continent for thousands of years before European exploration and colonization. The Native Americans had a rich and diverse civilization with complex social, political, and economic structures.

The arrival of Europeans, particularly the British, in the 17th century, led to a period of colonization. The American Revolution in the late 18th century led to the establishment of the United States of America.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, mass immigration from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America significantly increased the country's population and contributed to its cultural diversity.

Culture[edit | edit source]

American culture is a melting pot of influences from its diverse population. It has made significant contributions to art, science, music, cinema, literature, and cuisine.

American popular culture has a significant global influence, largely due to the country's dominance in the entertainment industry.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

As of 2020, the United States has a population of over 331 million people, making it the third most populous country in the world. The country is ethnically diverse, with Whites making up the majority of the population, followed by Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and other racial and ethnic groups.

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