Just thinking here ….. When did Colonists lose their British Accents?
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English colonists established their first permanent settlement in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, sounding very much like their countrymen back home. By the time we had recordings of both Americans and Brits some three centuries later (the first audio recording of a human voice was made in 1860), the sounds of English as spoken in the Old World and New World were very different. We’re looking at a silent gap of some 300 years, so we can’t say exactly when Americans first started to sound noticeably different from the British.
Yes, I know that the Colonies in the New World were a melting pot of folks from all over, and still are. It was the British who controlled our world until the American Revolution.
The below article shares some history and evolution of the “American language”.