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The history of the United States began with the settlement of Indigenous people before 15,000 BC. The arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 started the European colonization of the Americas. By the 1770s, thirteen British colonies contained 2.5 million people along the Atlantic coast east of the Appalachian Mountains.
In the Reconstruction Era (1863–1877), legal and voting rights were extended to freed slaves.
The national government emerged much stronger, and because of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, it gained the explicit duty to protect individual rights.
Led by General George Washington, it won the Revolutionary War with large support from France.
The peace treaty of 1783 gave the new nation the land east of the Mississippi River (except Canada and Florida).
The purpose of this was to stop the spread of communism.
Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860 on a platform of halting the expansion of slavery.
Seven Southern slave states rebelled and created the foundation of the Confederacy.
The expansion of slavery was increasingly controversial and fueled political and constitutional battles, which were resolved by compromises.
Slavery was abolished in all states north of the Mason–Dixon line by 1804, but the South continued to profit off of the institution, mostly from production of cotton.The United States became the world's leading industrial power at the turn of the 20th century due to an outburst of entrepreneurship in the Northeast and Midwest and the arrival of millions of immigrant workers and farmers from Europe.The national railroad network was completed and large-scale mining and factories industrialized the Northeast and Midwest.After defeating France, the British government imposed a series of new taxes after 1765, rejecting the colonists' argument that new taxes needed their approval (see Stamp Act 1765).