Americans are residents and citizens of the United States of America, and they are also known as Americans. However, while citizens and nationals constitute the vast majority of Americans, many dual citizens, expatriates, and permanent residents are also eligible to claim American nationality under certain conditions. The United States is home to individuals from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. As a consequence, nationality in American culture and law is not equated with race or ethnicity, but rather with genuine citizenship and an oath of everlasting devotion to the country.
Except for the Native American population and people from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines Islands, the vast majority of Americans or their ancestors arrived in the United States or are descended from people who were brought to the country as slaves within the last five centuries. America expanded into American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands during the 20th century, as well as into American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands during the 20th century.
Despite its multi-ethnic makeup, the culture of the United States that is shared by the majority of its citizens can be referred to as mainstream American culture, which is a Western culture that is largely derived from the traditions of Northern and Western European colonists, settlers, and immigrants who came to the country. It also contains elements of African-American culture as influences. The Creoles and Cajuns of Louisiana and the Hispanos of the Southwest were drawn together as a result of the Westward Expansion, and they came into direct touch with the culture of Mexico. Large-scale immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe into the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century brought with it a range of cultural components. It has also been influenced by immigration from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. When describing the manner in which generations of Americans have cherished and traded various cultural features, a cultural melting pot, also known as a pluralistic salad bowl, is used,