America is a vastly diverse country filled with everything from farms and fields to cities and skyscrapers- And it all began with my personal heritage, Native Americans. Before the Europeans came to America in 1492, approximately 78 million Native Americans inhabited the land. They had their own systems of government, set of beliefs, and way of living and after the Europeans claimed the land, they began developing their own, which eventually evolved into the U.S. systems in place today.
The Europeans developed 13 colonies from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, and Rhode Island. However, they still belonged to the British Empire. To break free from European Monarchy and aristocracy and gain their independence, they began the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed indicating their independence from Great Britain.
Throughout the years, people from all over the world began migrating into the U.S. in hopes of a better life. Freedoms, not offered in other corners of the world, were offered in the United States. However, people of color and women had to fight their way to earn their freedoms and rights, such as the right to vote.
Today, we have many more rights than when the U.S. was first established. Gay marriage is now becoming legal in a number of states (the first one in West Virginia was only 2 miles from my home town).
Through the influx of people from various countries, our language and culture have changed drastically, and it isn’t the same anywhere in the nation. Food, clothing, art, and other aspects of our every day life have been significantly influenced by cultures from other parts of the world, brought in by immigrants.
Accents, slang, and words are completely different from one state -even one town- to the next. Although the native language is generally the same, English, there are communities and individuals throughout the country who speak little to no English at all. Spanish is becoming increasingly relevant and in even my little home-town, there have been billboards and signs written and/or translated into Spanish.
I live in Ohio, on the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. Here, I have experienced both country and city life. Within a five-mile radius of my home, I can visit vastly different worlds. The entire country is like this. Outside of almost every major city is farm land and country sides.
It’s impossible to explain the dynamics of the U.S. in one post. It’s such a diverse nation where there’s no true “common culture.” Every mile you travel in America, you will see something completely different from the last. We all have our own religions, languages, beliefs, political views, values, and opinions- and it changes every day.