AMERICAN CULTURE: US TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS
As a country of immigrants, the United States is influenced by many cultures, including various customs and traditions in religion, art, food, and more. Almost every region of the world has influenced American culture, but it was primarily the British who colonized the country in the early 1600s. Also the cultures of Native Americans, Hispanics, Africans and Asians have had a powerful influence on the country.
The United States is sometimes described as a "melting pot" into which various peoples have added their own flavor or taste, forming one large American culture. Just as cultures around the world have influenced the US, now American culture influences the entire world. The term Western culture in a broad sense often refers to the United States and Europe.
As the third largest country in the world, with a population of over 315 million, the US has the most cultural diversity in the world. The north, south, west and east of the country have different traditions and customs. Below we give a brief overview of the culture of the United States.