Early United States history

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John Trumbull
Contrary to popular belief in Europe and other parts of the world, the United States has existed longer as an independent country than most other countries in the world - the country declared independence in 1776 and was recognized by its mother country as independent in 1783.
There have been many historical epochs in the land now governed by the US, starting with the pre-colonial times when Native Americans held sway, the Colonial Era and the American Revolution. This article focuses on the antebellum history; from the first European settlement, until the American Civil War, which started in 1861, before most of the Industrial Revolution, large-scale railroad expansion, and the American colonization of the Old West.



Indigenous heritage


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