The American Colonies Military Struggles With European Nations

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The causes and outcomes of the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812 are all significant links in the chronological chain of history that has led us to the creation of the United States of America. If any of these linked events were not to have occurred or had a different outcome, the United States very well would not exist or would still be a group of European colonies.
Lasting from 1756 until 1763, The French and Indian War was mainly a proxy war fought between the American Colonies acting as proxies for Great Britain, versus an alliance made between France and Native American tribes. It was also a part of the larger Seven Years War between Great Britain and ...view middle of the document...

The colonists resented the fact that they were being forced to pay for the wars of Great Britain, especially the ones that they were not involved in, and especially without having representation in Parliament. Following a massive buildup of troops and considerable fighting in America, the British appetite for the American war waned and supporters of the war lost control of Parliament. As a result, Britain lost control over all of its possessions in North America, while the Colonies lost all protection from Great Britain and became responsible for itself, forming the United States of America. Leading us to the next link in the chain.
The next link in the chronological chain of the history of the United States is the War of 1812. The War of 1812 was fought between the newly formed United States of America and an alliance of Britain and its colonies in Canada. The War of 1812 tied up many loose ends that were left after the American Revolution. Tensions began when Britain attempted to impede trade between America and France because Britain was at war with France in the Napoleonic Wars. Tensions continued when the British Navy began to violate the sovereignty of the still new American by seizing American ships, alleging that the ships were hiding seamen who had deserted from the British Navy in order to avoid fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. This sovereign infringement climaxed in the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair which raised tensions between Britain and America. This...

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