The Constellation of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in North America in 1815 Essay

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In 1815 North American events were primarily determined by the United States of America, which at that time governed the territory from the East Coast to more or less the Rocky Mountains in the west, and by two major colonial powers, namely Spain in the west and Great Britain in today`s Canada. All three found themselves in a process of continental expansion, which was essentially motivated by social, religious and political matters and ideologies and often culminated in wars like The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), The War of 1812 between the United States of America and the British Empire or the Mexican-American War which was settled in 1848 – wars that played a major role in the U.S. state building process. This North American process was dependent on differences and divergences, but also of interaction and entanglement within a common frame, but especially on its level of participants’ sovereignty. Therefore, in 1815 the colonial powers Great Britain and Spain were in a race for the North American supremacy with the United States, which held the leading position due to its increasing independent status. All of them found themselves in between a colonial establishment, maintenance and acquisition of new territory on the one hand and a post-colonial identity finding organization of their territory on the other hand. How can this intermediate stage between colonialism and post-colonialism be defined and how could the U.S. guarantee its pioneer position as a nation in North America? The most obvious answer lies, of course, in the pursuit of continental expansion, based on an already established nation and territory, respectively. As early as in 1783 Great Britain accepted U.S. American independence after the latter had announced its independence in 1776. In the following years, this newly born nation enlarged its territory, consisting of the original 13

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