Why is America called America ?
October 29, 2006 1:56pm CST
Why not something else?
• United States
29 Oct 06
America was named for Amerigo Vespucci. Although he wasn't the first person to discover the lands here, he was the first to realize that it wasn't a part of Asia, but a new continent. So the name was originated over 500 years ago. As for the USA, the name was derived after the original 13 colonies broke away from English rule and formed the united states of america.