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Gustavo from Peru - The United States is NOT America

Dear America,

Well, there is something that has always bothered me and a lot of my friends, and it has probably bothered a lot of Latin American people too...

Personally, I really hate it when the citizens of the United States of America call themselves "Americans" and that they live in "America". I am really sorry to enlighten you, but your country IS NOT called America, it is called the "United States of America".

America is a continent divided in THREE parts, that would be North America, Central America and South America. Being from Perú (for those who don't know, Perú is a country located in South America), I am also an American, as well as anybody from Chile, Brazil, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico or Canada, because all of this countries (and more of course) are located in the American continent.

Then, maybe you should call yourselves "North Americans"... Well, that wouldn't be completely right because citizens of Mexico and Canada are also North Americans. In fact, if you did call yourselves "Americans" it wouldn't be completely wrong because your country is located in America.

The problem happens when you use those words ("America" and "Americans") as if they were exclusively designed for you, and that is when people like me get really pissed off and write in pages like this. I don't know what is the problem with your culture, thinking too big of yourselves, as if the whole continent was just a part of your country.

So please, start educating yourselves and stop calling yourselves "America" and "Americans" when you try to refer to the "United States of America" as your country and to your "citizenship" as if you owned the continent because you don't (even if your government sometimes acts as if they owned the world... which isn't true).

About the Author:

Name: Gustavo de la Torre
Age: 23
Country: Perú
City: Lima
Gender: Male
Occupation: Director, Editor
Website: http://youtube.com/enteoria

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