Andrew Jackson was born into a quickly changing world

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Andrew Jackson was born into a quickly changing world. He was born on the frontier,  when America was still only thirteen British colonies and the frontier was defined as the  Carolinas. By his teenage years, however, his homeland had declared its independence  and was in the midst of a developing war with the most powerful nation on Earth. After  years of harassment and exploitation at the hands of the British, colonists across  America had had enough. Tensions first came to a boil in Boston, Massachusetts,  where riots, the Boston Tea Party, and the Boston Massacre all set in motion a series of  events that would begin the American Revolution. In 1776, the Second Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence in  Philadelphia and the war was on. The Americans fought valiantly under General George  Washington but lost many of the early battles of the war. Victories such as the one at 
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Unformatted text preview: Saratoga, however, inspired the French government to intervene on the American side. The tide of the war turned, and in 1781 British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered the British forces at Yorktown to Washington. By 1784, a peace treaty was ratified and the government set about establishing a new nation. The original Articles of Confederation turned out to be too weak, so a new Constitution was written and adoptedalong with the first ten Amendments, termed the Bill of Rights. The new United States grew rapidly, expanding ever westward. President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Purchase from France, more than doubling the size of the country overnight. The frontier moved from the Carolinas westward to Georgia, Kentucky and Jackson's new home, Tennessee....
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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