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During the Seven Years' War (in the United States, known as the French and Indian War), British forces seized Canada from the French, but the francophone population remained politically isolated from the southern colonies.
Excluding the Native Americans, who were being conquered and displaced, the 13 British colonies had a population of over 2.1 million in 1770, about one-third that of Britain.
The war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power.
The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties.
For other uses, see America (disambiguation), US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), USOA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation).
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U. C., and the largest city by population is New York City.
The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones.
After Spain sent Columbus on his first voyage to the New World in 1492, other explorers followed.