America. The greatest country on Earth. The center of all world economies and a beacon of freedom and hope across the globe.
It wasn’t always like that. Many pieces had to come together to allow America to become what it is today, but America was destined for success from the start.
There are a few things that lead to America’s rise to the top. The first and most important is the Mississippi River Basin. The Louisiana Purchase was an absolute steal for young America. The Mississippi River system is one of the largest navigable river systems in the world. It flows from Minneapolis all the way to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana purchase was crucial to the development of America as it opened the gateway to the West, as well as allowed a huge port to be opened to the rest of the world.
The second reason why America was destined for success is that America has access to three oceans—the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Arctic Oceans (with the purchase of Alaska from Russia). The fact that America has access to all of these oceans is huge. The most important are the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. America is very lucky to border along these two oceans because they are both extremely important for trade.
America has access to a multitude of ports that don’t freeze in the winter, allowing for trade to flow year-round. The Arctic may not have been a majorly important ocean previously, but it surely will be in the future as oil is discovered. As Russia and America are both pushing farther North, it will soon be a very important ocean.
The third reason is America’s neighbors. America could not have asked for better neighbors to the North and the South. Trade is thriving among the three of us and we’re lucky that, for the most part, we’re getting along diplomatically.
America was quick to grow out West, quick to use the oceans for trade, and quick to form bonds with its neighbors. The pieces took time to come together, but once they connected, America was destined for success.
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