1607 TO 1789
Americas isolation and distance
Weakened Englands authority
o Produced rugged and independent people
o Allowed Colonies to govern themselves
(made their own laws and taxes)
o Produced a new civilization and culture
Once the New World is discovered, the Big 5 European countries
begin competing for control of North America and the world.
This power struggle ultimately leads to several wars.
Columbus - Italian
A Continent of Villages
Settling the Continent:
By first contact with Europeans in 15th c., the Native-American
population was a diverse mixture of cultures and languages, existing
through adaptation to many different regional environments.
1767 - 1845
President:1829 - 1837
Why the growth in Common Man democracy?
1. Western Expansion created a sense of national pride and self-reliancy.
2. New western states granted universal manhood suffrage, and older states
Small farmers angered about being jailed and seizure of their
land for inability to pay taxes and debt.
Rebellion put down by a private militia
US Govt. too weak to put down rebellion
Americans feared gov
The Empire Strikes Back
In the mid 1700s, newspapers become the voice of the colonies. Words begin to
flow of a conspiracy of the British to quell the liberties and independence of the
ENGLIGHTENMENT IDEAS of Popular Sovereignty, Natural Rights,
The Road to Revolution
First Continental Congress (1774)
55 delegates from 12 colonies hoped to avoid war and favored a
policy of economic coercion.
Agenda Decide acceptable forms of colonial protest.
Result: Place SANCTIONS on Britain involving
1763 Treaty of Paris
France lost her Canadian possessions, and claims to lands east of the Mississippi
Spain got all French lands west of the Mississippi River, New Orleans,
but lost Florida to England.
England got all French lands in Canada, exclu
The Northern Campaign (Part I)
o British push south from Canada
o British push north from New York
Aug-Oct 1776 Brits take NYC
December 25, 1776 Trenton
Fighting prevents British push from NYC
Phase II: Northern Campaign (Part I
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