LO-02b AFP Indepen, Expan, War-2-2

LO-02b AFP Indepen, Expan, War-2-2 - Independence Expansion...

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Unformatted text preview: Independence, Expansion, and War Part 2 LO-03 1 Independence, Expansion, and War Part 2 General • Americans generally optimistic at War’s end • 1/2 of national territory lay across the Appalachians • immigrants went westward • American’s thought peace would bring trading opportunities • For ships could enter US ports • Amer could trade directly w/other Eur countries • They could develop an extensive & free trade w/world • Optimism of 1783 only partially fulfilled • Trade did expand rapidly after revol • But instant prosperity American’s expected in 1783 did not occur. • Because of continued Amer economic dependence on Br & • It’s weak and ineffectual govt at home. Post-War Expectations v. Reality • Expectations • After war, a “sweet reconciliation” w/England • Commercial privileges would be restored. • Reality • relations w/Br deteriorated • Br slow to forget that Americans • Thus Eng refused to resume pre-war trading privileges enjoyed by the colonies • None of this would have mattered but • Bulk of America’s trade con’t to be w/Eng 2 • Moreover, Br refused to evacuate the NW forts • To add insult to injury • America’s 1 st envoy/min/Amb to England was treated coldly • And, Eng refused to accredit a minister to US • But America’s worst enemy was its own govt • Central govt under Articles of Confederation had little pwr • Each of states had own customs service & tariff laws • Amer diplo couldn’t threaten commercial retaliation • Indeed, w/peace came a full recognition of the limitations of an independence based on the Articles of Confederation • During War Congress had raised a continental Army and constructed a Navy • W/ peace these “implied” powers ended...
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LO-02b AFP Indepen, Expan, War-2-2 - Independence Expansion...

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