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Bill of Rights
a list of the rights and freedoms guaranteed to the people; first 10 amendments to the constitution; there were originally 12 of these, but only 10 were ratified
the economic idea that a nation becomes strong by filling its treasury with gold and silver
the way of life of a group of people, including arts, beliefs, inventions, traditions, and language
settlement made by a group of people in a distant place that remains under the control of their home country
Declaration of Independence
document written when the colonists declared their independence from Britain
the name Americans gave to the series of laws passed to punish Massachusetts after the Boston Tea Party; they were called the Coercive Acts in Britain
French and Indian War
the war fought between Britain and France on American soil; established Britain as the main power on the continent
Articles of Confederation
America's first try at creating a national government; this plan was approved by all states in 1781
war fought from 1775 to 1781 between the Americans and the British; the war for independence
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