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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.
- Fall '08
- Andrew Jackson