America showcases cultures from Italy, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Asia, Africa and France, to name a few. The various regions of the United States also have their own cultural differences. The Italians and the Irish mostly came through New York. They tended to stay in their own designated parts of the city, turning those areas into mirrors of their home countries. The Italians opened up restaurants, introducing New Yorkers to pasta, pizza and prosciutto.Continue Reading
The Irish favored pubs with strong ales and "pub grub." They brought the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, corned beef and cabbage, and their sometimes soulful, sometimes fast-paced music. Irish immigrants also gravitated toward Boston, Massachusetts, where fishermen from the old country could still ply their trade.
Many Jewish people came to escape the Holocaust. They also created their own neighborhoods, peppered with Kosher delis and merchant shops. The Italians, Irish and the Jews also fanned across the continent, many of them settling in Chicago, Illinois and San Francisco, California.
People from Latin America are most populous along the west coast as of 2015. In states such as California and New Mexico, cities and street signs carry Spanish names. They contributed their spicy foods, adobe-style architecture and boldly colored furnishings and clothing. The Asians also started out on the west coast, many coming over to work on building the railroads. They brought a simplistic architecture and a minimalist gardening style, as well as a new type of cuisine, heavy on the rice, veggies and seafood.
Those from Africa livened up the music scene in places such as New Orleans, where jazz was, and still is, king. They, along with the French, also created spicy Creole cooking and powdered sugar-covered beignets. The frilled iron balconies are also a French import.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions