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Colonial North American in the first half of the eighteenth century was a thriving and changing set of regional socities that had developed from turbulent seventeenth century beginnings The colonies along the Atlantic seaboard were affected similarly by population growth and economic development The exercise of political power of elected legislative assemblies and local bodies produced seasoned leaders All regions experienced a religious awakening that was itself connected to secular changes The tensions in late colonial society with the unfair acts and laws set by England eventually led to the war for American independance the American Revolution The American Revolution dominated the lives of all who lived through it families were disrupted communities were destoyed diseases were spread and the economy was in shambles Liberty came at a high cost Once independence was won it had to be preserved With the ratification of the new Constitution the revoluntionary era came to an end Nash 102 182 222 By 1750 the eastern edge of North America had swelled to over one millionWhile North America was expanding through natural increase the population also received waves of new immigrants The eighteenth-century newcomers came from Ireland Germany Switzerland and Africa most were indentured servants and slavesNash 102 The traffic in servants became a regular part of the commerce linking Europe and America Shipowners made their profits fetching sugar furs fish tobacco rice and forest products eastward Nash 103 The American colonists still occupied only a narrow strip of coastal plain in eastern North America by the mid-eighteenth century Only a tiny fraction of 12 million settlers and slaves lived father than 100 miles from the shores of the Atlantic Nash 106 Between them and the Pacific Ocean lay rich soils in the river valleys of the Ohio and Missippi and beyond that a vast domain that they had not imagines In the beginning of the 1750s westward moving colonists in pursuit of more land would encounter four
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