The United States has a rich history spanning centuries. The original 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document declared the colonies as independent states. The Declaration of Independence marked the beginning of the United States. Several years after the first colonies unified, settlers headed west to explore for new lands. The land in the west was much more vast and different than the eastern shores of the colonies. The Louisiana Purchase was ultimately acquired by the United States in 1803. It more than doubled the current land size of the current states.
The Louisiana Purchase covers what is now the current day Midwest region from Canada south to parts of Texas and Louisiana. Southern states along the current day Gulf of Mexico were ratified as states over the next 50 years along with states like Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. Between 1850 and 1900 the nation added many more western states like California, Idaho and Colorado. Hawaii and Alaska did not receive their statehoods until the mid-1900s. During this time of growth the United States saw many changes. Presidents were elected, the national capital was moved, slavery was repealed and wars were fought. The United States is packed with over 200 years of interesting facts and history with more sure to come.
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Not So Humble Beginnings
The American nation has a rich and varied history that continues to expand to this very day. While few people disagree that history is always being written for the United States, there is some contention over exactly when the history of the United States of America actually begins. For some, the birth of the nation occurs with the landing of Christopher Columbus in the year 1492. However, some people contend that the true birth of America is related to the lives and histories of the native peoples and their interaction with European visitors that stretches much further back than Columbus. A more comprehensive look at the past of America tends to place a greater emphasis on the actions taking place in the frontiers of the nation at its every youngest.
Regardless of which historical slant draws your attention, there is little doubt that the birth of the nation as we know it today primarily revolves around the American Revolution that took place between 1775 and 1783. During this conflict, Great Britain was attempting to deal with the rebellion of the original 13 colonies that settled in North America. It should also be noted that the American Revolution became one of the first wars to take place on a global scale, drawing Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Mysore into the conflict as well. The spark of the conflict arose when residents in the 13 colonies refused to pay British taxes on certain goods as defined by the Parliament overseas. While the British forces inflicted considerable defeats against Americans in the beginning of the war, the tide did soon turn towards American favor.