Thanks for the history lesson but your arguments have little in fact to support your point. Are we to ignore historical legislative wordings? What are we to do with all of the period maps, just ignore them? The United States Declaration of Independence states more than once that they were " colonies ".. This comes right from the principle leaders involved. I can understand why this may upset a few. patriotic Americans as they are very proud of their history and rightfully so. No one should have licence to change history. I am Canadian but I take pride in my English, French and Irish ancestry. Renaming place names should be an "outside the box.exercise thinking process", not a patriotic preference..