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Important Concepts

For Mr. Burton's class

War fought between France, England, and their Native American allies. Fought for control of North America. England wins, doubled the size of the colonies. French and Indian War (1756-1763)
War fought between the United States and England; United States becomes an independent nation wih its victory. American Revolution (1776-1783)
Second war fought between United States and England; United States invaded, Washington D.C. burned; United States wins War of 1812 (1812-1815)
War fought with Mexico over the issue of Texas annexation; Mexico lost half of its territory in the form of the Mexican Cession. Mexican War (1846-1848)
War fought between the Northern and Southern regions of the United States. War caused by slavery and the issue of states' rights. More Americans died in this war than all the wars the United States has been in combined. Civil War (1861-1865)
Jamestown was founded off the coast of present day Virginia; first permanent English settlement in North America. 1607
Plymouth is founded in present day Massachusetts by the Pilgrims; sign of the Mayflower Compact 1620
The year we declared independence from England; United States is created and the Declaration of Independence is written on July 4th 1776
Founding Fathers meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Constitutional Convention. Our current Constitution is written. 1787
The Louisiana Territory is purchased from France by President Thomas Jefferson; doubled the size of the United States. 1803
The American Civil War is fought between the North and the South 1861-1865
The people hold all of the political power in this country; government was created and can be changed by the people. We exercise this through voting. Popular Sovereignty
Government in which the desires of the people are represented in government by elected representatives Republicanism
Power of the government is shared between states and national government Federalism
Split the powers of government into three branches: Executive, Legislative , and Judicial. Government power is divided into these three branches. Separation of Powers
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