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The American Revolution was unique in that its impact spread far beyond the borders of the newly created nation. This was the very first instance of a nation rising up out of the oppression of another one and creating a democratic government—at least in modern history. The established European powers...

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The American Revolution was unique in that its impact spread far beyond the borders of the newly created nation. This was the very first instance of a nation rising up out of the oppression of another one and creating a democratic government—at least in modern history. The established European powers had taken control of much of the world by the time of the American Revolution and had created colonies across numerous continents. This structure was threatened by the American Revolution.

Obviously, the European nations were greatly impacted. For one, Britain lost a massive colony and also suffered a surprising military defeat. This empowered its adversaries—France, Spain, and Portugal primarily. Britain lost the economic gain that came from owning such a large colony, and so they suffered a great deal as a result of the Revolution.

In addition to these changes, it also encouraged other nations to consider revolution themselves, starting a chain reaction of monarchies and colonialist powers being overthrown for newfound, democratic ideals. The French Revolution was the most immediate, taking place only a handful of years later. The French revolution would change Europe's landscape as a whole. Eventually, African countries and India would all stage their own rebellions to take control of their own national interests.

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The American Revolution was a huge inspiration to many other countries, and no wonder: a relatively small group of colonial subjects had defied the odds in defeating the world's greatest military and economic power. This showed the world how an almost fanatical attachment to a galvanizing ideology could move mountains, proving more effective than simple brute force. This lesson was not lost on the French revolutionaries, who were themselves greatly inspired by the example of the American colonists. Despite limited experience with warfare, and despite being heavily outnumbered by the combined forces of the anti-revolutionary forces of Europe, the French Revolutionary Army was able to rack up an impressive string of victories, not just defending the Revolution but actually carrying it across boundaries into neighboring countries.

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In many ways, the American Revolution was a global event. It changed what people thought was possible when it came to imperial rule and revolution. Never in recent history had a colonized people overthrown a mighty imperialistic power like Great Britain to create a republic of free citizens with individual rights.

This was a seductive idea that soon spread to other countries. Liberal ideas of social equality and self-rule caught on in places like France, Greece, and Poland. The French, in particular, were inspired by notions of liberty laid out by the founders of the United States. Throughout Latin America, there were a series of uprisings against foreign rulers. Over the next century and a half, the American Revolution was to serve as a model for many colonies that revolted against imperial rule and established independent nations.

In short, the American Revolution showed people around the world that is was possible to win a rebellion against a stronger, wealthier, and more powerful imperial nation.

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First, the American Revolution was just one in a series of costly wars for France which ultimately bankrupted the country and toppled the Bourbon dynasty there.  The American Revolution also affected Spain and the Netherlands in the sense that war profiteers benefited from the Revolution.  The American Revolution inspired other revolutions in Haiti and France where the people sought to rise above their oppressors.  In the 1840s Europeans sought liberal reforms based on the ideals of the American Revolution--this revolution inspired the idea that government of the people was ideal.  

The American Revolution has also been used with America's enemies. Castro in Cuba cited it as well as Ho Chi Minh in North Vietnam.  Emilio Aguinaldo cited it extensively in the Philippine insurrection.  The American Revolution continues to inspire oppressed people even today.  

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The American Revolution had an impact on other countries. The American Revolution served as a model for other countries to follow when they decided to become free from their colonial rulers. Thirteen years after the American Revolution started, France had a revolution that was modeled after our revolution. When Texas fought for its independence from Mexico, they issued the Texas Declaration of Independence. The text is very similar to the text in our Declaration of Independence. Other countries also used our Declaration of Independence as a guide for their fight for freedom. Over half of the countries in the United Nations have a declaration of independence that resembles ours in some way. Vietnam, Israel, and Venezuela are a few of the many examples that exist.

The Declaration of Independence was a big part of our independence movement. The various parts of the Declaration of Independence explained why nations should fight for their freedom. It explains what rights people have, what the government should do with those rights, and what should happen if the government fails to do its job regarding these rights. Other countries have used the concepts and ideas in the Declaration of Independence as a basis for their revolutions.

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