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Cut off from Europe by the embargo and the British blockade in the War of 1812 (1807–15), entrepreneurs opened factories in the Northeast that set the stage for rapid industrialization modeled on British innovations.
From its emergence as an independent nation, the United States has encouraged science and innovation.
The availability of land and literate labor, the absence of a landed aristocracy, the prestige of entrepreneurship, the diversity of climate and a large easily accessed upscale and literate free market all contributed to America's rapid industrialization.
The availability of capital, development by the free market of navigable rivers, and coastal waterways, and the abundance of natural resources facilitated the cheap extraction of energy all contributed to America's rapid industrialization.
North America has been inhabited continuously since approximately 10,000 BC.
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The earliest inhabitants were nomadic, big-game hunter-gatherers who crossed the Bering land bridge.
Around the turn of the 20th century, American industry had superseded its European counterparts economically and the nation began to assert its military power.
Although the Great Depression challenged its technological momentum, America emerged from it and World War II as one of two global superpowers.
Fast transport by the very large railroad built in the mid-19th century, and the Interstate Highway System built in the late 20th century, enlarged the markets and reducing shipping and production costs.
The legal system facilitated business operations and guaranteed contracts.