There were several events after the American Revolution that led to a new sense of nationalism in our country. One of these events was how we responded to the countries in North Africa that were associated with pirates that demanded tribute from our ships to sail the seas. The United States refused to pay this tribute and after some fighting, these countries backed off of their demands. We also refused to pay a bribe to France when we wanted to meet with them about the French seizure of our ships. Americans were ready to pay millions of dollars to prepare for war with France, but we refused to pay a bribe just to talk with them. These foreign policy issues and their successful resolution show the new spirit of nationalism that was developing.
The United States also did some things domestically that reflected a new sense of nationalism. We developed the American System where we placed protective tariffs on foreign products to protect our industries. We developed a national bank so the government, the people, and our businesses would have a place to keep their money or to get loans. We saw the power of the federal government increase as a result of Supreme Court decisions such as McCulloch v Maryland and Gibbons v Ogden. We developed a plan to pay our debt, and we built a new capital city in Washington, D.C. We also increased the size of our country by making the Louisiana Purchase. We then began to explore the new lands we received.
After the American Revolution, a new sense of nationalism developed in many ways in our country.