How did English-speaking people acquire an American accent?

Oddly enough, they came here with it. American English derives from 17th Century English speech. Within a few generations, English pronunciation had changed significantly in England, but being very conservative like all transplanted linguistic communities, the English in America retained the old pronunciations and forms that were becoming extinct in the Mother Country.
Oddly enough, they came here with it. American English derives from 17th Century English speech. Within a few generations, English pronunciation had changed significantly in England, but being very conservative like all transplanted linguistic communities, the English in America retained the old pronunciations and forms that were becoming extinct in the Mother Country.