How Revolutionary Was The American Revolution?

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After the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus, European Nations competed in a race against one another to claim pieces of the new land. Before Columbus found this land, the sea separating the New World from Europe seemed endless, and mundane. The Europeans were only interested in the land to the East. But with the New World as a new hat thrown into the ring, the Europeans tossed aside their old toy to go play with a new one. This time period of conquest over the New World was known as the Age of Exploration, and by the 1700s, they kept their pickings. A New World meant more land to build homes and plant crops, and more money to be earned by buying out new houses and selling new crops grown in foreign soil. Spain claimed Mexico, and the Southwest portions of what would be known as America. France got their hands on most of present-day Canada, as well as Louisiana. The Dutch set foot on land they called New Amsterdam, however, The English, who had settled their first colony in Jamestown, Virginia, drove the Dutch out and claimed New Amsterdam for themselves, later renaming it New York. The English claimed more land as time passed, and eventually they had formed 13 different colonies in the Eastern part of America. The English Colonies were separated into 3 different regions. The New England Colonies (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire), the Middle Colonies (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware), and the Southern Colonies (Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia). The New England Colonies were the earliest of the 3 regions, founded by English Settlers seeking religious freedom. The Middle Colonies were also founded by settlers seeking religious freedom. The Southern Colonies,... ... middle of paper ... ...ted Stefoff, Rebecca, and Howard Zinn. A Young People's History of the United States. New York: Seven Stories, 2007. Print. Linder, Doug. "The Nineteenth Amendment." The Nineteenth Amendment. University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, 2001. Web. 19 Dec. 2013. "Africans in America." PBS. PBS, 1998. Web. 19 Dec. 2013. "Economic State of The United States At The End Of The Revolutionary War."Economic State OF THE United States At The End Of The Revolutionary War. MultiEducator, Inc., 1996. Web. 02 Jan. 2014. Carr, Karren. "Equal Rights for Some." American History for Kids! Kidipede, 2013. Web. 03 Jan. 2014.

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  • Explains how european nations competed in a race against one another to claim pieces of the new land after columbus discovered the new world.
  • Explains that the colonies were closely monitored by the king of england, king george the third, who appoints governors for several colonies and issues formal documents stating their boundaries.
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