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After years of oppresive British Rule, the people of the 13 Colonies revolted in a War of Independence.One early success of the Americans was the capture of the Maritime Provinces of British Canada by American General Bendict Arnold.However, it became clear that the Americans could not beat the British without Foreign help.That help came in 1779, when France and Spain came to the aid of the Americans.With the tide turning, the British were finally brought to the Peace Tables in 1784.The resulting Treaty of Yorktown (A city in Virginia.) gave the United States independence, and the Maritime Provinces.A new nation had been born, with a bright future.
During the War for Independence, the Americans fought a war on two fronts.The main front was with the British in the East, and the other was with Native Americans in the West.Although the peace treaty with the British ended hostilities between the new United States, and Great Britain, the Indians vowed to fight on.The Indians feared that the United States would continue to expand, and hoped to stop them by fighting a large scale war with the US.This led to conflicts that broiled into the Americans slowly pushing the British back.Most of the Violent tribes were pushed back to the Missippi, and forced West towards the Great Plains by the early 1800s.The peaceful tribes were allowed to remain in their Territory, on the condition that the land could become US States.This eventually lead to the rise of the "Indian States" of Tennesse, Minnesota, and Indiana.While conflict would continue until 1818, most Historians see the date of 1807 as the end of this Conflict.
In 1804, France approached the United States with an offer of selling the Louisana Territory to the US.While the offer was tempting, the price of $15 Million was to high for the US, which was nearly bankrupt after the Indian Wars, and Independence War.Instead, the US paid $5 Million for parts of the Western side of the Missippi, and some land in the North.With this purchase, the United States had gained a greater foothold in North America.However, this foothold would turn out to be it's last expansion West until the late 1800s.
In the early 1800s, many Americans settled in areas on the Northern side of the Great Lakes.These areas were collectively called Upper Canada.While there were Natives in the area, the Americans were the main group in the region.After several years of talk, Congress finally passed the Annexation Act of 1810.The Act officially annexed Upper Canada into the United States as the states of Columbia, and Ontario.The annexation of Upper Canada was the last expansion in the North of the United States.
As Expansion of the nations ended, the United States began to focus on internal matters.The Industrial Revolution was starting, and Factories were starting to open in the United States.Coal Mining, and Oil drilling in the Appalachians provided needed Power sources for the Still Mills and textiles of the Northern States.Whaling, Seal Hunting, and Fishing dominated New England.Cotton, Grain, Cattle, Crayfish, Tobacco, Fruit, and Hemp provided the Southern States with strong economies.However, Politics provided a Dark side to this era of Economic Success.
Slavery, and State's Rights were hot topics in Congress during the period of 1800-1867.Most Northern States, and even a good number of Southern States favored a gradual abolition of Slavery, while the States of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia believed that Slavery was State's issue.However, one interesting aspect to emerge from these debates was the Libertarian Party of the United States.This party would eventually go on to become the dominating party of the United States in the late 19th Century.
As the 1840s came, Immigration to the United States reached a high point.Irish, German, and Italian people arrived, and integrated into the American way of life.The United States also became the leading Industrial nation, with the Economy growing at 3.1% a year.
In the 1850s, Immigration slowly tapered off.The United States began to eye the Spanish Colony of Cuba, and the English colony of the Bahamas as potential places to expand.However, the growing friction between the Abolitionists, and Pro-Slavery factions in the United States were heating up.
In the 1860s, the economy slowed as it became clear that a Civil War was possible.In 1863, a clash between Federal Troops and a mob in Mobile, Alabama lead to the States of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia declaring that they would would declare Independence unless Federal Troops were removed from their states.This lead to severe Political fallout, with all available options being unfeasible.In the end, the US Congress decided in favor of keeping Federal Troops in the States.With this decision, a Civil War became impossible to avoid.The War of Brothers was about to begin.