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    Question The name of The United States of America?

    I was thinking about this yesterday on the drive home ... (I know I'm weird.)

    I know the reasoning why this country is called "The United States of America" ... it's pretty obvious. But I started to wonder if the founding fathers ever thought of calling it something else. Maybe Washingtonia or Jeffersonia?

    On Wikipedia, it was mentioned that some people used to call it America or even Columbia!

    Does anyone have any more insight into this?


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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Well, I believe that Benjamin Franklin's cousin, Michael, was wanting to call it Mikeland, but that didn't work out so well. Thus, he's forgotten to all history now.
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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    You know, this has me thinking now. When I get back into the office, i'm definitly going to look this up. If I remember correctly, there were other names they had.

    This is going to make me finish my site work fast and get back to check! yay for history!!!

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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Well, they thought about calling it DCA, but it failed to generate any enthusasm.

    Imagine that.


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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Quote Originally Posted by FrumiousBoojum View Post
    Well, I believe that Benjamin Franklin's cousin, Michael, was wanting to call it Mikeland, but that didn't work out so well. Thus, he's forgotten to all history now.


    Interesting thought though mikeland.
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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Well, Mikeland DOES exist, but only in my mind. And gosh the taxes are high. We've also had an immigration problem, but that was solved when we'd only pay everyone minimum wage.

    Anywho ... I am still expecting some of our Micechat scholars to come up with some interesting historical tidbits.


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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    I don't know about the United States part but the America is from Portuguese explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    ^^Thanks- I was gonna say that.

    Thank goodness they did not use his last name!

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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Vespuccia? Sounds like pasta.
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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nephythys View Post
    Thank goodness they did not use his last name!
    The United States of Vespucci.

    G-d Bless Vespucci!

    Vespucci the Beautiful.

    Ummm ... NO!!!


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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nephythys View Post
    ^^Thanks- I was gonna say that.

    Thank goodness they did not use his last name!
    v This is probably what they used for his last name instead.

    Quote Originally Posted by frecky View Post
    Vespuccia? Sounds like pasta.
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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    I dunno... Vespuccia sounds more like it fits in with the fashion industry than pasta.
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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Quote Originally Posted by FrumiousBoojum View Post
    I dunno... Vespuccia sounds more like it fits in with the fashion industry than pasta.

    Or a scooter.


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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Or a chicken.
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    Re: The name of The United States of America?

    Think if they had used Vespucci.

    Then you'd be saying "You mean we could've been called America? Man, that would have sucked!"

    Oh well, it's still a cooler name then Canada, and everyone knows how we got our name! A bunch of settlers in Montreal were stumped as to what to call this new land, so to decide they threw every word in the alphabet in a hat and planned on drawing random letters to come up with the name. One of the settlers reached in and pulled out a letter and said "This new land shall start with C, eh!". He then reached in and pulled another letter and said "The next part shall be N, eh!" He then repeated the process "And it shall end with D, eh! Oh darn it, this isn't gonna be a very good name without any vowels." The man who was writing down the letters as they were drawn piped up "Au contraire, it actually does spell a word: Canada!"
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