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The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies in North America. What began as a tax dispute with Great Britain became the American Revolutionary War for the independence of the United States. In the late 18th century, the United States began expanding across North America in the spirit of “Manifest Destiny, which asserted the new republic’s destiny to expand from coast to coast. It gradually opened up new territories, often through war with Native Americans or European powers, and admitted those territories as new states. By 1848, the United States spanned the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Slavery was practiced in the South until the American Civil War ended it. The United States emerged from the Spanish-American War as an empire, and took control of former Spanish territories that included the Philippines. World War I and World War II established the United States as a world power, and during the Cold War, the United States fought “proxy wars” with the Soviet Union in Korea and Vietnam. The two superpowers competed in the Space Race that landed the Americans on the Moon in 1969. The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 ended the Cold War, leaving the United States as the world’s sole superpower.

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