Who is an American

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Who is an American? History records that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492;  however, there were already more than 20 major Indian tribes living throughout  the Americas.  Northern Europeans, from countries such as England and  Holland, first came to settle in North America while Southern Europeans, from  countries like Spain and Portugal, settled in Central and South America during  the 1600s.  These people generally had lighter skin and hair than the native  inhabitants.  They came to live in North and South America for many reasons.  Some came because of the lucrative opportunity to capitalize on the vast  resources available in the new lands; others came because they wanted religious 
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freedom and to escape the oppressive and aristocratic governments of Europe.   In 1776, civil war broke out in the North American colonies, and later, in  1789, the federal constitution was ratified: the United States of America was  born.  How was it possible that Europeans from so many diverse backgrounds  could unite so quickly even though there were so many fights and conflicts in  Who is an American? 2 Europe?  It was mainly due to the vast distance from the strong centralized  governments in Europe and because the New World had vast amounts of  resources with enough land for everyone. Early immigrants scattered across the lands and built their own 
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communities wherever they liked and governed themselves.  After they  successfully settled down, they could talk to each other and share the plentiful  resources.  Because most had sought to escape from the oppressive European  governments they had no allegiances to them and thus avoided many of the old  conflicts.  The new settlers were united together in seeking out a new life, free  from European oppressions.  This was the beginning of America starting to  blend together with so many diverse cultures. During these early American  times, numerous African slaves were imported to work in the homes of well-to- do citizens, on farms and in factories in the north, and on plantations in the  south and Caribbean.  The slaves came from many diverse backgrounds in 
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Africa, bringing rich cultures into the Americas.  These cultures mixed with 
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