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Book 1, Introduction and Chapter 1 An Expanded World, 1760-1776

• In the pre-Revolutionary years, many people emigrated from the British mainland to America, with the magnitude of these developments being greater in these years than in the preceding years; this helped transform the basic elements of American life.

• Eighteenth century America was pre-industrial, pre-urban, and pre-humanitarian, but while these characteristics were shared with other societies, America's way of life was unique; they lived in a world constantly at risk.

• After 1760 and the end of the war in North America, the colonies expanded, which became a social force that would strain relations between America and Britain; America had become a place of interest for Britain and to a lesser extent, Western Europe.

• The issue of how to control settlement in the new western land acquisitions grew.
• The expansion in North America after 1760 began with a movement to the frontiers by isolated...

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