Why are people from New England referred to as "yankees"?

  1. dappledesigns profile image90
    dappledesignsposted 4 years ago

    Why are people from New England referred to as "yankees"?

  2. JG11Bravo profile image85
    JG11Bravoposted 4 years ago

    Originally, the term "yankee" as used for Americans was a derogatory one applied to some troops from New England by a British general during the French and Indian War, and it seems to have sort of stuck from there.  The usage changed quite a lot over the years, but that's the best answer I can offer.

 
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