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What were the effects of the American Revolution?

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There were many effects of the American Revolution. The most important effect was that as a result of the colonial victory over Great Britain, the new country of the United States of America was created. When we declared our independence from Great Britain, he had to fight to achieve it. The fight was known in the United States as the Revolutionary War.

Another effect of the American Revolution is that it allowed us to establish our system of government. While the first plan created as a result of the Articles of Confederation had many weaknesses, our current plan created by the Constitution is a good one. We have a representative democracy where we elect leaders to make decisions for us. We also have a Bill of Rights that protects our freedoms. We believed that the system of government Great Britain created for us was not doing what a government should be doing. We believed the British weren’t protecting our rights. Thus, we fought for independence to establish a new country and a new government that would serve us better and that would protect our rights.

The American Revolution also served as a model for the movement for independence in other countries. The French used our revolution as a model for the French Revolution in 1789. Latin American countries in the 1800s and Vietnam in the 1900s also used our revolution as a model for their struggle for independence. The American Revolution has served as a guide for other countries that have wanted their freedom from another country.

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The first and most obvious effect of the American Revolution was that, with its success, the thirteen colonies separated from British rule, becoming an independent country.

Beyond this, it's worth recognizing the degree to which European politics were still largely dominated by monarchy (and usually absolutist monarchy at that). If you look at the rhetoric and discourse surrounding the American Revolution, you will find a strong influence of Enlightenment ideas. After the revolution, America's leading statesmen would proceed to create a new system of government based in those Enlightenment principles.

Within the context of European politics, one of the most important impacts of the American Revolution lay in its influence on the French Revolution. For one thing, France's intervention in the war against Britain created further fiscal strain on an already overburdened fiscal system—from that perspective, the American Revolution contributed to the fiscal crisis that heralded the French Revolution. In addition, the French were able to draw some inspiration from the American example in devising their own political systems.

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The American Revolution was the means toward the attainment of independence for the United States. It was an armed struggle and resulted in casualties and fatalities for both the Patriots and the British forces. The American Revolution marked the beginning of the United States’ journey towards self-determination and separation from Britain, which was exercising tyrannical rule over her American colonies.

The American Revolution asserted the need for unity among the states, and although this unity was challenged by the Civil War, the journey to becoming a united nation had started. The Revolution earned America some allies that they could trade with as a free entity. The nation also embarked on building institutions that would ensure the stability of the country. The process was guided by a constitution that the Founding Fathers formulated. A national armed force was also established to protect the rights and freedoms attained through the Revolution.

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The major effect of the American Revolution was, of course, that the United States became an independent nation.  This was important to the Americans living at the time and it has become even more important over the years as the US has become the major power in the world today.

The most important effect for the rest of the world in the short run was that the American Revolution helped to inspire other revolutions.  Most notable among these were the French Revolution, which happened quite soon after the American Revolution, and the revolutions in Latin America and in Haiti.  All of these were to some extent inspired by the American Revolution.

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