The 20 Most Important Events in Human History

The American Revolution

We’re used to thinking about the United States of America as the world’s foremost superpower. But it wasn’t always the case. Up until 1776, the country was a British colony and much of its territory still belonged to the native peoples, Spain, and France. But not only is the founding of the United States important in terms of setting the stage for one of the planet’s most powerful countries, it was notable for the effect it had on other peoples.

Firstly, the revolution was something of a proxy war between two of the world’s biggest empires, the British and the French. The latter hoped to check the former’s power and influence, though Britain’s main focus was almost always on India. The revolution was the first major instance of the British empire ceding territory.

Furthermore, the impact on the native peoples cannot be discounted. The American Revolution accelerated the movement west and would eventually lead to suffering on an unprecedented scale.

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