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Enviado el: miercoles, 27 de marzo de 2002 06:13 Dear Neteros, Perhaps we should look at the word American from an historical viewpoint instead of from modern day political stances. The term "American" appeared in the 13 colonies around 1750 and the colonists used it to refer to themselves. As far as I know, the Peruvians called themselves Peruvians, and no Latin American group of colonists referred to themselves as Americans. Since the US Americans used the term before anyone else did, don't they have historical precedence and the right to use this term? I would welcome comments from others as to how the colonists in Latin America referred to themselves. If they used the term "American" I shall admit defeat and drop this line of argument. Virginia Leonard Dept. of History Western Illinois Univ.