The date of the start of the history of the United States is a subject of debate among historians.Older textbooks start with the arrival of Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492 and emphasize the European background, or they start around 1600 and emphasize the American frontier.Congress called a convention to meet secretly in Philadelphia in 1787.It wrote a new Constitution, which was adopted in 1789.The peace treaty of 1783 gave the new nation the land east of the Mississippi River (except Florida and Canada).
Amity-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Maine state average. Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.
In the 1760s, the British government imposed a series of new taxes while rejecting the American argument that any new taxes had to be approved by the people (see Stamp Act 1765).
Tax resistance, especially the Boston Tea Party (1774), led to punitive laws (the Intolerable Acts) by Parliament designed to end self-government in Massachusetts.
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The 1860 presidential election of Republican Abraham Lincoln was on a platform of ending the expansion of slavery and putting it on a path to extinction.