A History of Western Society since Thirteen Hundred Eighth by John P. McKay
Title: A History of Western Society since Thirteen Hundred – Author: John P. McKay
“A History of Western Society since Thirteen Hundred” by John P. McKay is an interesting historical source which gives the reader the chance to learn more about the history of the Western Society, how America was created and which factors had an influence, e.g. the emigration from Europe to what we now call America.
In the 1600s, Britain began its further expansion into the new world. Many “ordinary” people wanted to leave their home because of e.g. famine, religious persecution and poverty, and pursue the “American dream” because of the opportunities of survival and the possibility of becoming rich because land in the new world was given to the settlers, almost for free, which meant that practically everyone could own a piece of land and have their own farm. Especially after the successful “Seven-year war” from 1756 to 1763, Great Britain established itself as a naval power with an economy which depended much on the Empire and had several naval bases e.g. in Gibraltar, Malta and Cape of Good Hope. Until the end of the 18th century the English-speaking population in the world lived in the British Empire, but after 1776 the greatest part of the English-speaking world consisted of Great Britain and an independent American confederation.
The population of English North America grew from 265.000 in the beginning of the eighteenth century to 2.300.000 in 1776, and after the thirteen states became independent, they formed their own institutions and this can be considered as the basis of the American English language that we know today.