The French Indian War And The American Colonization Of North America

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Starting with Columbus in 1492, European countries (Spain, England, France, and Netherlands) began colonizing the New World in search of greater economic opportunity. As a result of the Columbian Exchange, a wide variety of animals, plants, and culture were traded between the New and Old Worlds, but causing widespread sickness among the Native American population.
The English asserted their own presence in the New World by creating colonies stretching up and down the eastern coast of North America. However, mostly due to issues and events in Europe, the British left the colonists to their own devices (salutary neglect) and they prospered until the French-Indian War (1754-1763).
The spirit of independence cultivated in the American colonists during the past era was challenged by the heightened British presence after the French-Indian War. The colonists increasingly resented the high tariffs placed to eliminate British debt and the colonists protested the British until open rebellion was sparked at Lexington and Concord.
The Revolutionary War started in 1775, when a small number of colonists, at first, directly challenged the British presence in North America. This started a war which lasted 8 years, surprisingly ending in victory for the Americans, thanks to the leadership of George Washington and the assisting French forces.
Shortly after the nation was established and the first president, George Washington, was inaugurated, the nation faced a domestic crisis. In huge debt…
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