Wednesday, March 29, 2017

US Wars 1775 to 1898

The American Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783 with a victory for the American Colonies’ bid for independence from Great Britain.


In 1789, the US adopted the policy to avoid becoming entangled in European wars.  In 1801, the US Navy did attack pirates on the Barbary Coast to keep shipping lanes safe.


In 1804, the US purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million and most of the 1800s was consumed by the migration of US citizens to settle the new territory.


The US did have wars on US soil. There was the War of 1812 when the British burned the Whitehouse and Andrew Jackson defeated the British at New Orleans in 1814.


The Texas war for independence from Mexico from 1836 to 1837 was the result of US migration to Texas. The US annexed Texas in 1845.


The Mexican War from 1846 to 1848 resulted in driving Mexico out of California and the entire Southwest and ended with the surrender of Mexico City. Mexico ceded to the United States nearly all the territory now included in the states of New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Texas, and western Colorado for $15 million and U.S. assumption of its citizens’ claims against Mexico. The last Sioux war was in 1876. These were wars of expansion that were common in the 1800s.


The Civil War 1860 to 1865 between Northern and Southern states was costly, unnecessary and unconstitutional.


The Spanish American War in 1898 freed Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain.  In 1902, Cuba voted to become independent.


Hawaii was annexed by the US in 1900.


Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

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