Anglo-America is a region in the
Americasin which English is the main language,"Anglo-America", vol. 1, Micropædia, "Encyclopædia Britannica", 15th ed., Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 1990. ISBN 0-85229-511-1.] or one which has significant British historical, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural links. Anglo-America is distinct from Latin America, a region of the Americas where Romance languagesderived from Latin (namely, French, Spanish and Portuguese) are prevalent.
Geographic region of Anglo-America
Anglo-America includes the
United Statesand Canadain North America, and the term is frequently used in reference to the two countries together." [http://www.bartleby.com/65/na/NAmer.html North America] " " [http://www.bartleby.com/65 The Columbia Encyclopedia] , 6th ed. 2001-5. New York: Columbia University Press.]
Meaning of adjective "Anglo-American"
The adjective Anglo-American is used in the following ways:
* to denote the cultural sphere shared by the
United Kingdom, the United States, and sometimes English Canada. For example, "Anglo-American culture is different from French culture." Political leaders including Sir Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reaganhave utilized the term to discuss the " special relationship" between the United States and the United Kingdom.
* to describe relations between the
United Kingdomon one hand and the Americas, in particular the United States, on the other. For example, " Anglo-American relationswere tense before the War of 1812."
Anglo-American ethnic group
As a noun, Anglo-American can refer to an English speaking
European Americanand/or an English Canadian, sometimes shortened to Anglo. This usage occurs most frequently in the discussion of the history of English-speaking people of the United States and the Spanish-speaking people residing in the western U.S. during the Mexican-American War. This usage generally ignores the distinctions between English Americans, German Americans, Irish Americans, and other northern European descent peoples, comprising the majority of English-speaking Europeans in the United States.
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