Colonization to Independence
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Key events and significant figures in American history influenced the course and outcome of the American Revolution.
Competition for control of territory and resources in North America led to conflicts among colonizing powers.
The ideas of the Enlightenment and dissatisfaction with colonial rule led English colonists to write the Declaration of Independence and launch the American Revolution.
North America, originally inhabited by American Indians, was explored and colonized by Europeans for economic and religious reasons.
The practice of race-based slavery led to the forced migration of Africans to the American colonies and contributed to colonial economic development. Their knowledge, skills and traditions were essential to the development of the colonies.