Why do Americans speak English?

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No, don't expect an answer which is supposed to be a joke.

I never did get around to asking this in my history lessons, but why do Americans speak English, or most? I am aware that Europeans went to settle there in the 19th Century but that's all I know.

And if anyone is really bored, you can tell me about the Australians. Are they all really descendents of English criminals?
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Australians about from a few original auzzies are all english decendants. It was english people who built the major aussie cities.

However many emigrated who were not crinimals.

As for Amercia I would guess it was because its a british person (Christopher Collumbus) who discovered it.
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Former British colonies, I suppose. A lot of emigration from England itself + English as the adminstrative language.
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Australians about from a few original auzzies are all english decendants. It was english people who built the major aussie cities.

However many emigrated who were not crinimals.

As for Amercia I would guess it was because its a british person (Christopher Collumbus) who discovered it.
Didn't he discover it before any White Europeans settled it?

Thanks for your help so far.
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The non-aboriginal Australians are in the main descended from convicts sent there from Botany Bay in England. Of course since the Victorian times many non-convicts emigrated as well.
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(Original post by happysunshine)
No, don't expect an answer which is supposed to be a joke.

I never did get around to asking this in my history lessons, but why do Americans speak English, or most? I am aware that Europeans went to settle there in the 19th Century but that's all I know.

And if anyone is really bored, you can tell me about the Australians. Are they all really descendents of English criminals?

I believe there was a vote, and English got one more vote than German or something...
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(Original post by happysunshine)
No, don't expect an answer which is supposed to be a joke.

I never did get around to asking this in my history lessons, but why do Americans speak English, or most? I am aware that Europeans went to settle there in the 19th Century but that's all I know.

And if anyone is really bored, you can tell me about the Australians. Are they all really descendents of English criminals?
The original settlers were Pilgrims from England.
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I believe there was a vote, and English got one more vote than German or something...
That was in Pennsylvania.
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I believe there was a vote, and English got one more vote than German or something...
I thought that too, before I found the above website. Seems to be a bit of a myth. The vote was for the proposed translation of federal laws into German, not on the official language of America.
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As for Amercia I would guess it was because its a british person (Christopher Collumbus) who discovered it.
I'm guessing the poor Indians might have spotted it first
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I'm guessing the poor Indians might have spotted it first
There's also evidence that Vikings made it to the US before Chris thought he'd found India.
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(Original post by amazingtrade)
Australians about from a few original auzzies are all english decendants. It was english people who built the major aussie cities.

However many emigrated who were not crinimals.

As for Amercia I would guess it was because its a british person (Christopher Collumbus) who discovered it.
Christopher Columbus wasn't British.
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(Original post by Fluffy)
I'm guessing the poor Indians might have spotted it first
And of course Columbus wasn't british

He was Italian and was paid by (and representing) Spain when he discovered the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus
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And of course Columbus wasn't british

He was Italian and was paid by (and representing) Spain when he discovered the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus
That's right. He was basically a freelance mariner.
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If you're really interested buy and read this book http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
Or borrow it from the library.
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So why do they speak english? Also why does Christepher Coloumbus have an english name if he was italian?
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So why do they speak english? Also why does Christepher Coloumbus have an english name if he was italian?
See post 8.
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If you're really interested buy and read this book http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
Or borrow it from the library.
Thanks for the link, that book looks utterly fantastic.

Thanks for everyones help.
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(Original post by amazingtrade)
So why do they speak english? Also why does Christepher Coloumbus have an english name if he was italian?
He was Italian - dunno about the name, but that's a fact. Yes, we did a lot of the settling later on, and the original 13 colonies were once British territory (which might explain the English), but it was Columbus, working for the Spanish Royal family, who was the first explorer there, though the whole Viking question persists.
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