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    North American History Prior to 1877

    American went through so much of what makes it the country it is today before 1877. From pre-Columbian America, to its discovery in 1492 and its independence in 1776, the United States has signifcant history in that period. America developed its independence, its government, its constitution and its identity all before 1877.

    North America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, along with the Carribean and explored by Ponce de Leon in 1513. After the British started settling in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, colonies began popping up in New England. This includes Virginia and the famous Massachusetts Bay colonies.

    The United States Revolutionary War changed the course of North America’s history forever. This marked the beginning of the end of British rule in the United States and the emergence of America as an independent nation.

    The American Civil War from 1861-1865 was also a huge turning point in the history of the United States. This led to the abolition of slavery and set the course for America’s new national identity.

    To understand today’s America and its government, policy, movements and culture one must understand how the country got to where it is today. America’s history prior to 1877 was absolutely instrumental in modern America’s passion for democracy, equality and freedom. 

    BrainMass has detailed sections of the Discovery and Settlement of America, the Colonization and Colonies, Policies and Movements, and Government. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, two of America’s earliest presidents are among many influential figures from this time that are explored in this subject. 

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    Discovery & Settlement

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    North America was discovered in 1492, leading to the exploration of America itself by the Spanish in 1513.

    Policies, Movements & Laws

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    Until the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, America's identity was fought over between the Federalists and Republicans.

    Government Prior to 1877

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    George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson all had extremely important presidencies, setting many precedents that still thrive today.

    American Revolutionary War

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    The American Revolutionary War took place from 1775 to 1783 and ended with the emergence of the thirteen American colonies as the United States.

    American Civil War

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    The American Civil War was the struggle between the Confederates and the Union of the United States of America from 1861 to 1865.

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