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What factors contributed to the expansion of the American economy after the War of 1812? What role did the government, at different levels, play in encouraging that expansion? Whom did economic expansion benefit the most, and how did it affect different groups and regions in different ways?


The main factor was probably the opening up of western land to settlement.  The British had been supporting Native American resistance to western settlement.  After the war this support ended, allowing Americans to conquer many of these native groups and acquire their land.  This led to an expansion of farming, trade, and the economy overall.  Government's main role in this was aiding in the removal of native Americans.  In this period, we begin to see the development of more powerful western states who begin to have a greater influence in national politics.

The end of the war also helped to reestablish trade with Britain, and other British colonies in the west.  This greatly benefited New England's ship building industry and the Yankee traders who went all over the world trading goods.  Other regions benefited from access to imported goods, but New England benefited most.

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- Mike  

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Michael Troy


I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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