Why do Englishmen call the people in America 'Americans'?
America is named after explorer Amerigo Vespucci. The official name of our country is United States of America thus we are called "Americans" not just by the Britons but by most nations around the world.
As noted above, the Americas were named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian navigator working in service to the Portuguese. This naming first was popularized by a German map-maker (Martin Waldseemuller), who in 1507 produced a map labeling the newly discovered continents as "America".
In common English, the term "America" can be applied to two entities: either the entire New World landmass (North, Central, and South Americas), or to the nation of The United States of America. At the time of creation of the U.S.A., it was still very common to refer to the New World as "the Americas" (note the plural and capitalization), though the use of "america" (lower case, singular) was uncommon, and the adjective "american" was even less common - the reason american was seldom used was because it was exceedingly vague, and, in any case, the English tended to prefer the terms "the Colonies" or "the New World". It is unclear why the Founding Fathers of the U.S.A. chose to use the singular in the name, rather than the plural.
In any case, after the founding of the U.S.A., both the new country's citizen and the British began to use the shortened "American" to describe nationals of the U.S.A., and now used "America" (capitalized) as a shorthand for the United States. This is likely due to similar shortening of "Great Britain" to "British", and is a common usage pattern in English (that is, the use of the last noun in a long formal name as a "nickname" for the thing).
Both British and American English has not come up with a suitable equivalent to "European" to describe a person who comes from the New World, as the common usage of "American" has now been completely changed to refer solely to the U.S.A. English uses the awkward "North American", "Central American", and "South American" to refer to those areas.
Other languages (chiefly Spanish and Portuguese) still retain the secondary meaning of "american" (non-capitalized) to refer to the entire New World. However, in any context or language, the proper meaning of a capitalized "American" specifically refers to the U.S.A.
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Native Americans in S. America and N. America including Central America, in India we just call them Indians. We call Native Americans indians because columbus made the critical mistake of thinking he landed on the sub-continent of India for a new spice trade with the Indians and called them natives "Indians" due to this mistake.
Why do we still call Native Americans Indians if it has been obvious for a long time has Columbus was wrong about them?
Because when Columbus got here, he had the silly notion that he arrived in India, so he called them Indians. We call them the more politically correct, Native Americans, because technically, they are not from India, henceforth no Indians. They were also 'native' to this country which we call America, so they are Native Americans.
Either Pakistani, American, or Pakistani-American ... depending on which nationality the person feels most attached to. A child of a Pakistani family who was born and raised in America might call himself "American." An expat from Pakistan who is working in America on business might call himself "Pakistani." An immigrant family who moved from Pakistan to America might call themselves "Pakistani-Americans."
People first arrived in America from Eurasia a minimum of 12,000 years ago and became what we nowadays call the Native Americans. In the 1400s Europeans discovered America and began exploring South America and islands off it's coast. Spaniards were the first to settle in the new land, then came the French and English.
The first African Americans came at the same time as the first Europeans. So, the question is why do people call a group that has been here as long as the first settlers "African," when they are just as American as the Europeans we call American or just white today, why the hyphenation, if that's the case George Bush is European-American.