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Enviado el: jueves, 28 de marzo de 2002 11:32 Americanos was a word that was usexd to identify criollos in New Spain. In El Despertador Americano , a kind of newspaper published in Mexico in 1810, which is a call to arms for "nobles americanos" to rise is protest against the Napoleonic take over of Spain, the writers refer to the "habitantes de America" as "americanos". Also, just to note briefly, in the essays written by the XVIII century Spanish thinker and philosopher Fray Benito Jeronimo Feijoo he refers to the colonial inhabitants as "Espa˝oles americanos" Thomas D. Morin University of Rhode Island LatinAmerican Studies and Hispanic Studies ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dennis R. Hidalgo" <email@example.com> To: <H-LATAM@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 11:08 AM Subject: REPLY: American-->United Statian > From: Carlos Eduardo Rebello [firstname.lastname@example.org] > 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.