America: A Developing World Power
The United States is a constantly developing country. Although it is not as old as other countries such as Great Britain and France, America is still one of the most powerful nations in the world. Throughout American history, the United States has fought for and proven itself to be a world power.
Originally the Thirteen Colonies, America was a possession of Great Britain before the American Revolution. The Colonies had begun to separate from Britain, as differences in interests and customs became evident, both politically and socially. Allowed to develop freely with little interference in the past, things changed in after Britain’s victory in the French and Indian War. Britain began to hold a tight leash on its colonies, tightening political control over the Colonies and forced them to repay for the war along with high taxes on imported goods. On April 19, 1775 in Lexington and Concord Massachusetts, an unknown shot set off the beginning of a revolution.
The Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The document, written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, declared that the Colonies to be independent, now the United States of America. It called that the new nation was “absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved... and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do” (Declaration of Independence).
The Colonies were not seen as a major threat, the rebellion being seen as a short-lived war. Through battles such as Bunker Hill, although resulting in a British victory, the Colonies proved that they could hold their own against the British. The Colonial Army, led by George Washington, proved to be a force to be reckoned with. Two key points of the war include Saratoga and the Battle of Trenton, boosting the moral of the Colonies. As the war...