New Phase in American History

Following the Revolutionary War that lasted from 1776 to 1783, Britain’s thirteen North American colonies entered a period of great uncertainty. Finally free from the constraints of the Old World, the Founding Fathers of the United States were facing the predicament of a small population with limited resources and an unstable frontier. Though it was unclear as to how the colonies would create a New World order, most of the Founding Fathers had agreed upon a single point – that they would avoid the “balance of power” politics that had long reigned in Europe. Between the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Spanish-American War in 1898, the fledgling nation rejected “balance of power” politics and, instead, formed a federation while focusing on its own growth and objectives as a country. The Spanish-American War at the end of the nineteenth century marked a turning point for foreign relations in the United States, which had been gradually gaining strength and prestige on the international stage. As Europe continued to accept “balance of power” politics, the United States sp…




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