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Enviado el: jueves, 28 de marzo de 2002 01:04 > From: Virginia Leonard: As far as I know, the > Peruvians called themselves Peruvians, and no Latin American group of colonists referred to themselves as Americans. The Urugayan liberator Artigas used to adress his men as "Americans", or "South Americans", a fact mentioned by Eduardo Galeano. Neverthless, I feel that the use of the gentilic "American" for USA naturals is, given linguistic inertia, established and almost impossible to dislodge. I remember that Brazilians from the older generation, now circa 70 or more, used to speak about the "US of _North_ America" - more specific but which would not pass muster today, as it would only grossly hurt Canadians' and Mexiccans' feelings. Also, there is the famous Sixties song by Caetano Veloso, titled _Soy loco por ti America_ where "America_ stands for Latin America - but that is, alas! a poetical license. Carlos Eduardo Rebello de Mendonša Associate Teacher, Rio de Janeiro State University.