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American Interaction with the Rest of the World in 1776

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Through the years America has gone through a lot of changes with itself and with how it interacts with the rest of the world. There were different events, ideas, and people who made these influences on the United States and how it interacted with the outside world. Some events include the Declaration of Independence of 1776, Constitution of The United States 1789, the Exiles of 1783, and George Washington’s farewell address in 1796. These events all had a part in the way the United States interacts with other countries and the rest of the world, during these times there were a lot of changes in the world and the United States was trying to find its foothold in the world. During these times they were instances where the United States tried isolationism and let the problems of the world be the problems of the world and not make it their own problems. This was to give the United States a chance to fully focus on itself so that it could develop and grow into a better nation on its own without any outside influence on how things should be done, with as little foreign influence in its politics as possible.

In the Declaration of Independence of 1776 it states “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolve” (Course Packet 45). In this quote pulled out from the Declaration of Independence it states that the United Colonies (United States) are cutting all ties between them and Great Britain. This shows how America’s relationship with Great Britain was developing, America did not want Great Britain’s influence on what they were doing. This quote states that they want to cut off all political connection with Great Britain for the simple fact of, how can someone govern you from across an ocean or if those persons are not even in the country or reside there. This came from Great Britain trying to influence laws and keep their power over the colonies, but they (United States) did not want that and sub sequentially began to cut their ties with Great Britain so that it could be able to grow and develop into its own country and not a newer version of Great Britain.

Another event that influenced the way that the United States interacted with the outside world was the Constitution of the United States 1789, this time it was dealing with the way the United States dealt with immigrants coming in to the country and who to deal with it properly and what procedures to follow through with it as well. In section 9 of the Constitution of the United States it say “The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a tax or duty may be imposed on such Importations, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person” (Course Packet 51). This quote shows the way the United States started to handle foreign affairs, in this particular case it was immigration. Even though they were not banning or stopping people from migrating to the United States, Congress had before prohibited the migration of some people; in response to this it was made that they would instead be a tax on those migrating or bringing others in that would be up to ten dollars for every single person coming in. This displays that the United States at this moment were not one hundred percent cutting off the rest of the world but more so putting up procedures on how they would begin to manage what they are doing. This tax on migration is a step in the development of the United States and how they deal with foreign affairs and migration.


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