14 American Favorites That Aren\u2019t Actually American\r\n\nThe iconic cowboy first appeared in\u00a0Spain and not in\u00a0the United States. America is\u00a0a\u00a0country full of\u00a0patriotism and Americans are always very proud of\u00a0everything their country has achieved. However, some of\u00a0their icons and traditions are not actually American. They were brought by\u00a0other countries and implemented in\u00a0the U.S. later.\n\n\nBright Side will share with you the real origin of\u00a014\u00a0of\u00a0these American icons.\n\n\n1. Cowboys\n\n\n\nCowboys are originally from Spain. When the Spanish came to\u00a0the Americas in\u00a01519, they brought the tradition with them, especially to\u00a0Mexico, where the cowboys started to\u00a0be\u00a0known as\u00a0Vaqueros. In\u00a0the early 1700s, Mexicans got to\u00a0regions of\u00a0the United States like Texas, Arizona and, of\u00a0course, New Mexico. They started to\u00a0build ranches in\u00a0those places and cowboys became popular.\n\n\n2. American football\n\n\n\nAmerican football was created as\u00a0the result of\u00a0an\u00a0evolution of\u00a0the early versions of\u00a0rugby and association football (soccer). The first versions of\u00a0these games are actually from Britain. However, American football as\u00a0we\u00a0know it\u00a0today, has a\u00a0lot of\u00a0differences compared to\u00a0rugby and soccer, especially in\u00a0terms of\u00a0rules.\n\n\n3. Peanut butter\n\n\n\nThe act of\u00a0peanuts being used as\u00a0a\u00a0paste goes way back to\u00a0the Ancient Incas and Aztecs. However, the finished product from crushing roasted peanuts between 2\u00a0hot surfaces was patented by\u00a0Marcellus Gilmore Edson, in\u00a0Canada.\n\n\n\n4. Hot dogs\n\n\n\nHistorians believe that the origin of\u00a0hot dogs goes back to\u00a0the era of\u00a0the Roman emperor Nero. After that, hot dogs made their way to\u00a0what we\u00a0know today as\u00a0Germany, where Germans claimed them as\u00a0their own and created different versions of\u00a0them. The tradition was brought to\u00a0the United States by\u00a0a\u00a0Jewish immigrant from Poland who had a\u00a0hot dog stand in\u00a0Coney Island.\n\n\n5. Blue jeans\n\n\n\nBlue jeans were invented by\u00a0Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in\u00a01973. They both were American immigrants from Europe and the denim they used to\u00a0produce the jeans was originally made in\u00a0Genoa, in\u00a0Italy. This creation came from a\u00a0customer\u2019s request who wanted sturdy pants that could resist hard work.\n\n\n6. Hamburgers\n\n\n\nThe inspiration for the hamburger came from the city of\u00a0Hamburg, in\u00a0Germany. In\u00a0the 19th century, German Hamburg cows were being used to\u00a0create patties that were a\u00a0mix of\u00a0beef from cows with garlic, onions, salt, and pepper. They had no\u00a0bread at\u00a0that time and were considered gourmet.\nThe patties were brought by\u00a0German immigrants who went to\u00a0America to\u00a0open restaurants. A\u00a0creative cook later sandwiched the patty between 2\u00a0slices of\u00a0bread and the Hamburg sandwich was born.\n\n\n\n7. Apple pie\n\n\n\nThe first apple pie recipe goes back to\u00a01391. This apple pie was created in\u00a0England and the recipe ingredients were apples, figs, raisins, pears, and a\u00a0pastry shell. No\u00a0sugar was added.\n\n\n8. Democracy\n\n\n\nThis system of\u00a0government which had a\u00a0huge impact on\u00a0the formation of\u00a0the U.S. government was created in\u00a0Ancient Greece. The word democracy comes from the Greek words demos (people) and kratos (rule).\n\n\n9. Fried chicken\n\n\n\nThe tradition of\u00a0deep frying chicken was originally created by\u00a0Scottish people. The Scots brought this tradition to\u00a0America in\u00a0the 1700s which was later introduced to\u00a0African slaves.\n\n\n\n10. Statue of\u00a0Liberty\n\n\n\nThe famous Statue of\u00a0Liberty, which is\u00a0located in\u00a0New York, is\u00a0actually French. The statue\u2019s steel framework was designed by\u00a0Gustave Eiffel, the man behind the Eiffel Tower, and created by\u00a0Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, a\u00a0French sculptor. The statue was a\u00a0present to\u00a0commemorate the friendship between the 2\u00a0nations.\n\n\n11. Boy Scouts\n\n\n\nThe Boy Scouts movement was created in\u00a0England by\u00a0Robert Baden-Powell. He\u00a0wrote a\u00a0book to\u00a0teach boys about camping, observation, deduction, woodcraft, boating, and other survival techniques. He\u00a0also created the first groups of\u00a0Boy Scouts\u00a0\u2014 to\u00a0see if\u00a0the book worked in\u00a0practice.\nThe tradition came to\u00a0America after an\u00a0American publisher named William Boyce got lost in\u00a0London in\u00a01909 and was found by\u00a0a\u00a0Boy Scout who helped him. He\u00a0got inspired and started to\u00a0organize the Boy Scouts of\u00a0America.\n\n\n12. Doughnuts\n\n\n\nAlthough the country of\u00a0origin of\u00a0doughnuts is\u00a0still debatable, they were definitely created in\u00a0Europe. In\u00a0the middle of\u00a0the 19th century, the Dutch were already making their olykoeks (oil cakes). They were just cake balls fried in\u00a0pork fat and often filled with fruit. The olykoeks were brought to\u00a0America by\u00a0Dutch immigrants.\n\n\n\n13. U.S. Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner\n\n\n\nThe U.S. Anthem is\u00a0not entirely American. The poem was set to\u00a0the tune of\u00a0a\u00a0song written by\u00a0British composer, John Stafford Smith, called \u201cTo\u00a0Anacreon in\u00a0Heaven.\u201d However, it\u00a0was later renamed \u201cThe Star-Spangler Banner\u201d and became the U.S. National Anthem.\n\n\n14. Actors and actresses\n\n\n\nSome of\u00a0America\u2019s favorite actors and actresses are also not American. They are just trained to\u00a0have an\u00a0accurate American accent and some just happen to\u00a0be\u00a0very good at\u00a0it.\n\n\nWhich one of\u00a0these things were you 100% sure were American before you found out their true origin?