As France came out of its dark age of disunity between the Protestant Huguenots and Roman Catholics, King Louis XIV led his country to an age of exploration and conquest in the New World, taking control of large portions of both the West Indies and present-day Canada. However, after being established in New France for well over a hundred years, by the mid-18th century, France...
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...the most significant events that impacted America, leading to the virtues of freedom and equality that are recognized today as symbols of America, were established by not only inter-colonial interactions, but also through international relations during and after the Seven Years’ War. The experiences gained before the American Revolution had just as much impact as the Revolution itself on the American spirit. Ironically, this spirit was mostly shaped by men and women who considered themselves to be loyal citizens of their home country in Europe their entire lives. The relations existing between European countries and the Americas during the 1700s, however strained, were essential to forming a prosperous nation. British Parliament, French fur traders, and Spanish trading posts all had enormous, lasting impacts before, during, and after the French and Indian War.
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