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The 1619 anniversary: Where does the American story begin? | Opinion

We can’t leave out the West and settlements beyond British colonies

A question such as “Where does the American story begin?” often defines America as the American nation. That nation in turn is typically described as starting with the 13 British colonies on the east coast, the earliest of which was settled in 1607 (Virginia). Of course those colonies were and are important, establishing the foundations of American law and governance as adapted from the British.

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