TOP 10 simple things that the Americans adopted from the British

The most that I appreciate and proud of the Americans was independence. It is no secret that they have long been a colony of the British Empire, gained independence (self-proclaimed) only in 1776. After the signing of the Declaration on 4 July, America has gone in "free swimming". This day still celebrates the whole country celebrated it with fireworks and a lush barbecue.

It was also not up to the festivities, because, having the parchment with the signatures of 56 leaders of the colonists about disconnecting, the British king George III decided to wage war, punishing unauthorized Americans.
The result of the War for independence is known — America expelled the British, gradually reducing their role in world domination and becoming a superpower. Since then, Americans to the whole world, boast of their independence and own system of governance of the country, not wanting to admit that there are many things borrowed from all over the world, and especially taken from the British.We offer you to check 10 things Americans took over Britain, making a conclusion if they are independent in fact.

TOP 10 simple things that the Americans adopted from the British

National anthem

Francis Scott Key on the deck of the ship
Americans associate their anthem "the star-spangled Banner" after obtaining freedom from the British Empire. The words of the hymn, nothing like a poem by Francis Scott Key, written under the influence of the defense of Fort McHenry in Baltimore held in 1812 during the war between Britain and the United States. In the poem there is a line, expressing confidence that the flag will proudly flutter, in spite of any attack.
As for ringtones, that is no more than the British pub song "to Anacreon in Heaven" (written around 1780), known in the narrow circle of revelers and rakes. Despite this, the melody is so like Americans that was adopted by Herbert Hoover as the national anthem in 1931.
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This story has Russian roots. The famous Director Nikita Mikhalkov claimed alleged the Americans "stole" the melody of the anthem in Russian, as proof of presenting the melody of the song "hasbulat removed". Of course, this was not true, as the Romans dated to the second half of 50-ies of the XIX century. It turns out that the Brits have every right to be accused of plagiarism as the Americans and Russians.


A trip to the cinema is one of the main types of recreation in the United States. This pastime, which is characterized with the smell of fresh caramel popcorn and inviting atmosphere of dark cinema, it also became possible for the Americans and the entire population of the globe thanks to the British. If now you can book a movie ticket with your smartphone and go to the cinema in a few minutes, before it was much more difficult. The film was made possible thanks to the optical phenomenon that allows to "bind" a fast-moving image. One of the founders of the photo is William Henry Fox Talbot who was a scientist from England. At first, he was able to obtain the negative image, then was able to make the appearance of positive copies of the negative.
These pictures (storyboards) were placed in a primitive optical device, which succeeded them, adding captions to frames. However, the modern movies we watch every day, need to be able whole shoot.
Edward Muybridge conducted experiments on the initial creation of movies, photographing horses for your customer. He was able to create a system that uses multiple cameras, which allowed to photograph the horse during the movement. After he invented the apparatus that performs the rotation of the frame, creating a dynamic picture or simply a movie.
Such British open became the basis for the development of one of the largest consumer industries in the world. Like movies? Then be sure to look at hotshot.eu.org an interesting selection of the most popular films in history.

The engine

Passenger trains guarantee a fast and very inexpensive transportation of passengers not only in the US but around the world. In addition, trains other assignments provide transportation of various goods.
Despite the fact that some Americans manage to consider the train of his invention, the British did not get tired to remind you that the first locomotive arrived in the US from the UK. Inventor Richard Trevithick developed a system of placing a steam engine on the carts. Checking mechanism in the mines of Cornwall, Trevithick attached a steam engine to its load of 10 tons of iron and more than 50 people. The engine was able to "drag" the Luggage more than 15 kilometers with a speed of 8 km/h, which at the time was amazing.
At that time, a miracle of engineering Robert Stephenson was not even mentioned. Today, Britain has more railway lines per square meter than any country in the world. Of course, in this respect, the Americans cannot even think about competition.


Can you imagine modern life without the Internet? Probably not, because even this article you are reading using the world wide web. Possessing a vast reservoir of knowledge at hand, it is difficult to remember a time prior to the dominance of search engines, the spread of memes and funny videos, like a tsunami, filling all offices and classrooms.
In this case, the invention of Internet the whole world owes the UK. Most interesting is that this had a hand, and the Soviet Union that launched the first satellite into space. The achievements of Soviet scientists inspired the whole world to give serious consideration to the industry and the beginning of the arms race in the field of space exploration.
Photo: Tim Berners-Lee
With the spread of network communication, British scientist Tim Berners-Lee introduced the public to the world wide web. Breaking down barriers of information transfer through the classic, Bernes-Lee created a resource of information that could be available to everyone. But since the Internet is a great change took place, it was Berners-Lee is the inventor who added to the Treasury of great Britain one more reason for pride and an opportunity to click on the nose of the Americans.


Sadly for the Americans, but to challenge the emergence of English in England is impossible. Related to Indo-European languages, English is the main language in many countries, including the United States. Although some "hot heads" do not get tired of lamenting because of the lack of proper language.
Began as old English, the language of the beginning of the XVI century, has grown into new England, existing in this form today. Publishers of Merriam-Webster think that he appeared not in itself, but is established through the interaction of different groups and nationalities. When America was discovered, the language proceeded thither with the first settlers from the British Empire.


The origin of the television even now is the subject of heated debate between the contenders for the championship. However, nobody questioned the role of John LOGI Baird, a Scottish engineer, which he played in the development of modern television. Over time, his work helped to open the first television channel in the United States in 1928.
Two years before Baird gave a presentation on the television in his London laboratory. Through the year they demonstrated the transmission of television images via a telephone line. And on February 8, 1928, his invention of the "crossed" the Atlantic and has made a real revolution in the States. Of course, the mechanical version of the television Byrd has undergone many changes, however, flipping through thousands of channels at the plasma, remember that this engineer has done everything possible for our everyday activities.


Today, inserting your Bank card into the ATM, you get the bills, not feeling any miracle (although the first ATMs in the country has caused an unprecedented boom). But, it is worth examining the history of its appearance, and you will realize that the ATM has made a real revolution in the field of consumer financing. The first working ATM was placed in the Barclays Bank branch in North London in 1967. It was invented by Scot John shepherd-Barron, claiming that the idea was born at that moment when he missed the closure of its Bank branches.
Soon the whole of Britain enveloped virus ATM Barclays ATM placed wherever they could. Two years later the whole world began to adopt the practice of issuing cash through ATMs, so 1969 is the year ATM.


The modern version of the submarine, which is used as the main armament of the U.S. Navy and now was invented by John Philip Holland in the second half of the XIX century. This miracle of technology was built by connecting three technologies: internal combustion engine, an electric battery and motor. The first model of his submarine was rejected by the military due to low utility, however, the following developments have been successful. Soon the submarines of the Holland gained a lot of countries for use during the First world war.
Since the Second world to the present day submarines play a critical role in battles at sea. They let you place a huge number of missiles and warheads, and "carry" them under water, hiding from the enemy.
Still it is worth to notice that Holland was an Irishman (and "love" of Ireland to the British known for a long time), and the first submarine inventor has been bought by the Americans.

Postage stamp

The use of the first postage stamp dates back to may 6, 1840. A small sticker in the corner of the envelope was not hunting stamp, and a necessary object to send mail. The first brand was called "penny Black" (the name is due to the cost of the product), and the invention of the obliged postal reform of sir Rowland hill. This reform was intended to reduce the cost of sending letters throughout the British Isles. Paid for the transfer of the letter the sender, through the purchase and placement in the corner of the envelope, a small piece of colored paper.
Photo: penny Black
Modern manufacturers carry out the printing products in various designs and shapes, the first stamp was painted in black with printed image of Queen Victoria. Now, buying another stamp to send a letter, you will know that in this industry we helped the British, simplifying the process of correspondence and making it a "headache" of many collectors.


Let's go back to 1915, namely, to September 6, when the light appeared a Little Willie. He was the first of its kind and could destroy everything in its path. You don't think we're talking about a baby? Little Willie, the first tank "rolled down" from the English factory. It weighs 14 tons and the speed is not more than 3.2 km/h. nevertheless, it gave impetus to the development of the tank industry, which helped to decide the outcome of two world wars. The idea to create a tank came to mind a British Colonel Ernest Swinton and the Secretary of the Committee of defense of the Empire, William Hankey.
On the photo: the first tank "Little Willie"
The first battle using tanks occurred in 1916, which showed the unusual efficiency of the machine. By the beginning of the Second world war and especially during the Persian conflict, the tanks began to play a key role in ground battles.
It should also be noted that almost at the same time with their British tank models introduced French and Russian. In any case, if you hear about the exceptionalism of the us army and their role as pioneers in the development of any weapons, remember the story of the invention of tanks, which will make you smile indulgently.