Colonial Visions & Revolution
The English established the Jamestown Colony, named for King James I
Known by many other names, the first French-Indian War lasted 9 years, from 1688-1697
Known in North America as the French-Indian War, the Seven Years’ War was a global war for supremacy between the English and French that spread across five continents
Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence kicked off the Revolutionary War
After 5 years of war, the United States won its independence
Politician, Letter Writer
Over two years, the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored 8,000 miles in the Louisiana Purchase and the Pacific Northwest
President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, beginning the forced relocation of thousands of Native people
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Literature in the Early United States
Before the Declaration of Independence, the most prevalent writing was nonfiction by the various settlers in the colonies that would become the United States of America. After independence was declared in 1776, American literature was concerned with the nation’s future and explored this concept in non-fiction, novels, and even poetry. Learn more about the colonial, revolutionary, and other periods at Encyclopaedia Britannica here.
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