Origin of the Word, 'America' beyond what you already Know - Onyeji Nnaji

The history of the United States started with the arrival of Native Americans in North America around centuries after the great flood of old. Numerous indigenous cultures formed, and many disappeared in the 1500s. The arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 started the European colonization of the Americas. Most colonies were formed after 1600, and the United States was the first nation whose most distant origins are fully recorded. 

By the 1760s, the thirteen British colonies contained 2.5 million people along the Atlantic Coast east of the Appalachian Mountains. After defeating France, the British government imposed a series of taxes, including the Stamp Act of 1765, rejecting the colonists' constitutional argument that new taxes needed their approval. Resistance to these taxes, especially the Boston Tea Party in 1773, led to Parliament issuing punitive laws designed to end self-government. Armed conflict began in Massachusetts in 1775. 

In 1776, in Philadelphia, the Second Continental Congress declared the independence of the colonies as the "United States". Led by General George Washington, it won the Revolutionary War. The peace treaty of 1783established the borders of the new nation. The Articles of Confederation established a central government, but it was ineffectual at providing stability as it could not collect taxes and had no executive officer. A convention wrote a new Constitution that was adopted in 1789 and a Bill of Rights was added in 1791 to guarantee inalienable rights. With Washington as the first president and Alexander Hamilton his chief adviser, a strong central government was created. Purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 doubled the size of the United States.

Encouraged by the notion of manifest destiny, United States expanded to the Pacific Coast. While the nation was large in terms of area, its population in 1790 was only 4 million. The population grew rapidly and economic growth was even greater. Compared to European powers, the nation's military strength was relatively limited in peacetime before 1940. Westward expansion was driven by a quest for inexpensive land for yeoman farmers and slave owners. The expansion of slavery was increasingly controversial and fueled political and constitutional battles, which were resolved by compromises. 

Slavery was abolished in all states north of the Mason–Dixon line by 1804, but the South continued the institution, mostly for the production of cottonAbraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860 on a platform of halting the expansion of slavery. Seven Southern slave states rebelled and created the foundation of the Confederacy. Its 1861 attack on a federal fort started a Civil War. The defeat of the Confederates in 1865 led to the abolition of slavery. In the Reconstruction era following the war, legal and voting rights were extended to freed slaves. 

The national government emerged much stronger, and gained explicit duty to protect individual rights. However, when white southerners regained their power in the South in 1877, often by paramilitary suppression of voting, they passed Jim Crow laws to maintain white supremacy, as well as new disenfranchising state constitutions that prevented most African Americans and many Poor Whites from voting. This continued until the 1960s.

It is expedient to note that the name which stands for the amalgam of the nations that comprised America was officially pronounced during the 1776  Continental Congress. It was in Sept. 9, 1776, that Continental Congress formally changed the name of their new nation to the “United States of America,” rather than the “United Colonies,” which had been in regular use at the time. It was from thence that many began to ask for what the source of the new national Identity could be. This had made many shallow-source writers to conclude that the name was coined from the names of some freign sailors who visited the continent at the time when it was the shadow of herself.

Suggestive Approach towards Deciphering an Origin for the Name, America

Generally, people were fast to conclude that the name, 'America' was born coincidentally. But it is not true. This cursory incorrect conclusion was what gave rise to the suggestive approach in the deciphering of the origin of the name, America. We demand that you follow this piece of writing with unbiased mind due to what you may have read, heard or made to believe about this same topic in the past. Following carefully will help you to form your own argument against or justification in support of what you have known in the past. With no recourse to favour any factor, our intention is to examing the true ration in the suggestive claims in order to establish vividly what will be profitable for research on the subject matter.

The  two men in favour of the claim that their names gaive rise to the name of the continent, America are Amerigo Vespucci, aItaly-born merchant, explorer, and navigator from the Republic of Florence, who came into America after she had been discovered by Christopher Colombus. Another was an English Voyager whom writers wrongly called "Richard Ameryke". These men existed in America almost contemporarily, yet they did not notice the presence of each other. The reason for this may be blamed on the different locations they landed in the continent. For while Amerigo landed around Hispaniola, the island in the southern part of the continent, Ameryke landed at the northern part of the continent.

When Vespucci landed, he coincidentally called the land a "New World". He, of course, did not know that Colombus had, years ago, called the land by such a name. In Amerigo's Mundus Novus, Letter to Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici (1502), Vaspucci noted about the new home thus,

A few days ago I wrote you at some length about my return from those new regions we searched for and found with the fleet, at the expense and by the command of the most serene King of Portugal, and which can properly be called a "New World", since our forebears had absolutely no knowledge of it, nor do any of those who are hearing about it today...On 7 August 1501, we dropped our anchor off the shores of that new land, thanking God with solemn prayers and the celebration of the Mass. Once there, we determined that the new land was not an island but a continent...

It is clear from here that Amerigo did not give the place a name, other than the "New World". Very expedient to note, is the fact that Amerigo's was the first to remark that America was a continent. For about that time, Amerigo and his men had gone down, deep in the land to uncover it's extent in order to design a suitable map for the continent. During this time, it was discovered that up the northern coastal corners were population of people among whom the reckoning of the name, Amerika, was prominent. The semblance of this name to that of Amerigo's led to the 1507's publication by Ringmann and Waldseemüller.  The book was titled the Introduction to Cosmography with an accompanying map of the continent as their knowledge of it had shown. The Introduction which was written in Latin and included a Latin translation of a claimed Soderini's Letter, contained a patchy suggestion for the southern America which was founded by Amerigo to be thus called as found in the North in honour of Amerigo. It says,

I see no reason why anyone could properly disapprove of a name derived from that of Amerigo, the discoverer, a man of sagacious genius. A suitable form would be Amerige, meaning Land of Amerigo, or America. 

A thousand copies of the world map were printed with the title Universal Geography According to the Tradition of Ptolemy and the Contributions of Amerigo Vespucci and Others. It was decorated with prominent portraits of Ptolemy and Vespucci and, for the first time, the name America was applied to a map of the New World.

The Introduction and map were a great success and four editions were printed in the first year alone. The map was widely used in universities and was influential among cartographers who admired the craftsmanship that went into its creation. In the following years, other maps were printed that often incorporated the name America. In 1538, Gerardus Mercator used America to name both the North and South continents on his influential map. By this point the name had been securely fixed on the New World. Details of this claim are contained in the 1886 THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME "AMERICA".

North America first appeared in English Cartographic Charts of the world in 1502. Continental cartographers had no access to English charts due to hostilities from undeclared wars. As cartographer, Martin Waldseemueller, in 1507 claimed he made up the name ‘America’ in honour of Amerigo’ Vespucci; it became worrisome when he was found repudiating the very claim he made in his succeeding  writing. The 1516 edition as Terra Incognita exposed his deceit over the origin of the name, America as he withdrew it. He withdrew it because, about that time, the confusion in the name he proposed earlier had proven itself obviously that the name was older than Amerigo. Read more in Ivan V. Sertima's They Came before Colombus and Ronald Wright's Stollen Continent.

The second sailor claimed to have difused into America was the English sailor and Voyager whom researchers wrongly called Richard Ameryke. He was the first Voyager to land at the costal corners of Northern America.

Richard was a merchant, royal custom's officer and sheriff of Welsh descent. He was the principal owner of Master John Cabot’s ship. Richard, during his voyage of exploration to North America in 1497, was furnished with the word, 'Amerika' by the natives. Mentioning of Amerika in his voyage report shows that he was not the originator of the name, Amerika.

The writing of Meryk himself proved true that later researchers had tampered with the name. Writers, in the intention to make his name fit into the name of the new nation, have curved the name severally. In the original manuscript containing the Welshe's name, it was written as 'Meryk'.  

There is one big problem with many historians. They easily resort to suggestive approach by looking for similarities and try to draw conclusion without seeking to get to the root of the matter. And in doing this, they place the history of the concerned people in inconclusive jeopardy. They did same to Egypt and Ethiopia. Read African Genesis and see the laughable history of Egypt and Ethiopia. Then compare what you see with the clearly proven history of the both nations in Reality as Myth by Onyeji Nnaji. Look at the slates above carefully, you will observe that the real name wasn't Richard. His name was "Rin Meryk". He  was thhe son of the British sailor, George Meryk. The sletes below will show you how much Meryk's name had been stretched before the faulty historians drew their incorrect conclusion on the source of the word Amerika.

In some essays you find such names as "Ameryke", "Amerike" and lots more. All these were in the attempts to define America via similitudes of people's ñames. My question is, why must people scratch the ground to fetch answers where they are not? Why must writers change Amerigo or Meryk to America when the source of the name is there. If Rin Meryk himself made use of the name, 'AMERIKA' or ''AMERICA', is it not easy a means to understand that the word existed before, or at least at his time, referring to a people, even though not a nation yet?

Origin of the name, America

Whose report should we follow; is it those of Ringmann and co, or that of the indigenous who settled in the land? As for me, I shall believe the story of the people told by themselves. Nations are given names based on the prominent features that form greater parts of their history. Settlemens it is a river or any other thing prominent among the peolpe. Nations are not named after humans. If so, then America should be called Georgia or Washington since George Washington was the activist who engineered the pursuit of Amerian freedom.

The name, America, was born the very day the Giants who landed at the coastal corners of Northern America arrived by share fate. People are not prepared to descended this low to find their answers; otherwise the supposed reconciliation of the thought about the source of the name America would have been over by now.

The earliest settlers in America have a story nobody wants to believe because of it's mysterious encodings. Their true history is in their oral tradition; the very holistic discourse about them which some faulty historians bemusedly misinterpreted as myth. Their story can only be understood by people from among whom they had travelled, the Africans. Every settlement that has oral tradition usually celebrate one animal as their hero. In the English tradition, it is fox. In Kenya it is the bear;  in Ghana it is Ananse (the spider); in Nigeria it is the tortoise. In the case of the native Americans, it is the tortoise. This shows that the natives share certain historical bond with Nigeria aboriginals.

The native Americans remarked in their tradition that, as their fathers surjourned to the land, there was a time when they were being overtaken by natural forces and a tortoise helped them to sail. The tortoise helped them to form a habitable soil within the ocean which the survivors called  the TURTLE IRELAND. 

The oral tradition was mystified by faulty interpreters. When the surjourners arrived into the new home, they were amazed at the vast land that lied across the sea. Therefore, expressing their thought, they intoned thus, "Ama Erika", which is translated to me, 'this/the place is big/vast'. Ama Erika later was blennded to 'AMERIKA'. 

Turtle Island' is the name for the lands now known as North and Central AmericaThe island has an unusual political status, as its jurisdiction is divided between the U.S. states of Michigan and Ohio. Turtle Island is located about five miles (8.0 km) northeast of the mouth of the Maumee River in Maumee Bay. These ancestors entered America decades before the arrival of the ancient Dravidians. They had travelled from inner Africa. 

Similar lore existed in different parts of the aboriginal African settlemens where, after the great flood, certain mysterious animals rendered help in ensuring that settlers regained their places. We have such similar cases among the Idoma people of Nigeria, the Nnewi people of ancient Igbo and many others. Such are reasons why Idoma and Nnewi has monkey and bush rats as their respective totem. In the case of the American Turtle Island, it was a tortoise. Turtle Ireland was originally where the Arinya people who first entered into the continent lived before sailing to the other part of the coastal corners of Northern America. Of course, the land had already been identified by the name 'Amerika' before the arrival of the ancient Dravidians who originally inhabited the south.

From the lasting Civilization carefully painted in Ivan Sertima's books, it is clear that the Arinya population further expanded to the present day Mexico. This was true, evidently, from the mega Civilization experienced among these population of people in the MesoAmerican era. It was an organized co civilization with heavy cultural infuluence concentrated in Mexico. Earlier researchers and writers who documented pertinent discovering proving the credibility of this civilization did not know the history of the Arinya people. To define and clas upsify the civilization, they called it''Olmec'. No people is known by such a name. It finds credibility in defining the huge civilization experienced via art works when they are referred to as the 'Rubber People'. Therefore, because they were found /believed to have featured veritably in rubber production at that time, researchers found it convenient to use Olmec to denote the MesoAmerican civilization.

We know that the Arinya people were the same across nothern America and Mexico because, apart from this colossal civilization marked as Olmec, they share a same historical features; again, their oral tradition speaks of a similar event towards their settling in the area. Just as those in northern America speak of the assistance of a mysterious tortoise in the formation of their land and settlemens, Mexicans speak of The role of mysterious sailors in their survival. Examine the Mexican traditional song, 'mariachi'; particularly the 'Bamba' version, the wordings speak of a surviving history geared by the attempts of a mysterious sailor. Their survival was an act of devine mercy; therefore, they intoduce the traditional song, 'Amarachi', later translated as mariachi'. 

Amarachi is the Igbo word for devine mercy. And, from our findings, it is uncovered that the Arinya were the descendants of Nri kingdom, for they were the giants of renounced in the beginning of things. The Arinya also founded the British Isles. They did not only prove their presence there via the gigantic structures carelessly left on stones in the British Isles. They passed through Ethiopia, but they were not the founders of Ethiopia. Ethiopia and Egypt were found by the Umudiala. They were pygmies. A concerned study of the 'Bamba' version of Mariachi clarifies that Mexicans and the population that settled at Turtle Island have the same ancestry. Bembe is the original word for Bamba. In the Egyptian Book of the Death, the same word was written as ''Bembent'. They are also found in Congo. 


Columbus was not the first European in the New World; nevertheless, “his discovery” lead to the recognition and subsequent development of fishermen who had been making landfall and trading with Indians in New England for years before Columbus made his “discovery” of The New World in 1492. We should also recall that Leifur Eiríksson made a landing on Vinland (Nova Scotia) c1000AD…but without having any permanent effect. Claim
 is also made that St. Brendan the Voyager of Ireland discovered North America in mid-sixth century. One day, they will wake up and say that it was Mary  Rowlandson that named America to herself, since she too was one time a captive of the Red Indies. By then, they will look for how to blend Mary to form America.

Let it be clearly stated that the name America did not emerge from the blending or
clippings of the letters of anyone's name. Note also that America did not emerge as an honour to nobody. America was mentioned by the first people who came into the land and lived first at Turtle Island. These were called the Arinya people. The Arinya people passed through Ethiopia. At inception, they foremostly remarked about the verst nature of the place they had founded in the expression,"AMA ERIKA". Amerika, over time, became their name until centuries when the ancient Dravidians came into the land. Therefore, it was from "Ama Erika" that the name Amerika sprung. The relevance of Rin Meryk, the son of George Meryk, was that he changed the affricative ''K" to "C", giving rise to the English gender name, America. 


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