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Fall 2005


The formation of a new government, the drastic increase in population after the war, technological advancements, and the expansion of American trade and markets, all resulting from America’s new found freedom, drove sweeping improvements to the technological systems of both agriculture and manufacturing, transforming small family farms and artisanships into large cotton plantations and textile mills. These changes guided the United States from technological and economic subservience to independence and influence enough to defend their territory in a second war against Britain less than 40 years later (War of 1812), establishing America as the world’s newest major power.