There is speculation that Norwegian expeditions to North America led by Leif Eriksson c. In the seventeenth century, many British, Dutch, and German colonists began migrating to North America seeking freedom and economic opportunity.
In 1754, at the Albany Congress, Benjamin Franklin made the first serious proposal for a union of British colonies in North America.
However, the colonists became increasingly frustrated by British rule and, in 1776, 13 colonies issued the Declaration of Independence.
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George Washington called the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and after long debate, the United States Constitution was adopted in 1789, forming the world's first constitutional federal republic.
The young republic was confirmed after it survived British invasion in the War of 1812.
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Slavery, considered essential by plantation owners in the South, was reluctantly permitted in the Constitution, even though it contradicted the universal rights that were enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and violated the Protestant conscience (as expressed in the Abolitionist movement). The nation became a center for invention and technological development; major technologies that America either developed or was greatly involved in improving are electricity, the telephone, the automobile, television, computers, the Internet, nuclear power, air travel, space travel, and genetic engineering.
The struggle to establish full rights for all Americans would lead to a bloody Civil War (1861–1865) that abolished slavery, and a hundred years later the Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. With its new-found might and its native idealism, in the twentieth century America took a major role on the world stage as a defender of democracy in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War (which included the Korean and the Vietnam Wars).
New states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent, obtaining territories held by Spain, France, Mexico, Britain, and Russia. became an industrial power as trade protection, banking reforms, and corporate legislation helped domestic companies expand.