Heritage is the part of culture that is preserved and transmitted from generation to generation. The culture of a continent, a nation, or an individual is likely to contain a mixture of heritages.
The culture of the United States of America, for instance, draws on various heritages from around the world. The Founding Fathers were classically educated and deliberately used the Roman Republic as a model for the American Republic. When Washington DC was designed, the great public buildings were intended to resemble those of ancient Rome.
America is also strongly influenced by the Christian faith, particularly Puritanism, since some of its most prominent institutions were founded by Puritans. It is therefore fair to say that American culture contains elements from the heritage of Israel and of Rome, as well as many other heritages.
In the same way, an individual American, a product of American culture, is likely to have a mixture of heritages passed down by his or her ancestors. Many Americans have heritages that are Spanish, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian, German, Scandinavian, Jewish, Chinese, Korean or Native American. These heritages will influence such matters as the holidays they celebrate, the food that is eaten in their homes, and the way they teach their children. American culture is often described as a melting pot or a salad bowl, meaning that it is a mixture of heritages.