You really shouldn't generalize all of Americans that way. I'm sure as much as you THINK we are all limited in geographic knowledge we are not. Common sense says the Europe is not some big lump of land with borders separating each country.
i'm an american and i don't do this at ALL!!!!
We don't do it as much as you might think, not in a nation that is very proud of all the different countries our forefathers came from. "<br />
The last time I was in England I overhead someone frefer to a friend of mine as come from America, and he was actually from Canada! When I called him on this, the british gentleman said "Well, you come from North America or South America don't you?. You're both Americas then, aren't you?''<br />
''No, because the Untied States of America is the only nation that actually has the word ''America'' in it's name. Canada doesn't have it, Mexico doesn't have it. I'm American, my friend is Canadian, and you're British''<br />
''I'm not British you bleeding ***! I'm Welsh!!'' he yelled as he stomped off (as I knew he would, since I had noticed his taffy voice. I had gone to school in Shrewsbury)<br />
The point is, everton, I think the Americans you spoke to were doing the same as my lazy Welsh friend, just being a bit lazy. Besides, some of them are a bit confused now what with the EU. But for the most part, very, very few would make that mistake, since , like I said, we're very proud of coming from different nations. (Go ahead, TRY to tell someone in a San Francisco bar that an Englishman and an Irishman come from the same country.. Then try to whisle something afterwards. You won't be able to; you'll be missing too many teeth..)
As an Irishman, I hope you all know where Ireland is! ;-)<br />
Seriously, inconsistent teaching for one thing (see below). That said, I once talked to someone in Ireland and they asked me where Asia was...was it next to China or in the Pacific Ocean.<br />
"Geography is not consistently taught in the United States, that's one of the problems"<br />
Hi everton13<br />
same reason as Martians see us all as Earthlings - is annoying but that is perspective for you. Ants are people too!<br />
Same reason people think Africa is a country (when they're not referring specifically to South Africa).
Keep in mind america not really the land of great public education
I was born in the Netherlands