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Why did American population grow dramatically in the 1700

Posted by jandpharley on 8 months ago


If there was one inarguable fact about the American colonies in the mid- to late 18th century, it was that they were growing like crazy. In 1730, the population of the 13 colonies was about 655,000. Boston was the biggest city, with a population of about 13,000, while New York and Philadelphia were home to about 8,500 people each.

By 1760, the population had reached 1.6 million, not including African slaves, and by 1775, the white population stood at 2.5 million. Philadelphia was the largest city in that year, with a population of about 34,000. The population explosion was caused by two things. One was the natural birthrate of the colonists. Partly because of the time-honored farm family tradition that large families meant more people to work (and maybe because there wasn’t much else to do on those long winter nights in the country), the size of many American families was astounding. Immigration was the second factor in the population explosion. It continued at a brisk pace, not only from England but also from other Western European countries. I don't know what for do you need that but I would recommend you to contact SUpreme essay service if you need some kind of writing help. All the best!

Answered by clarkbr89  on Feb 17, 2017

Indeed, the growth of population in the future United States in 18th century was astonishing. By 1730, the population of all 13 colonies was about 655,000 people; however, only 45 years later the amount of colonists reached 2.5 million (this is not to mention black slaves, who were also numerous). One of the reasons of such demographic boom was the conditions the colonists lived in. Experiencing the same difficulties as labor people in the United Kingdom (although rather typical for the 18th century) - poverty, epidemics, and so on - the colonists still enjoyed a higher quality of life: better food, cheaper land, bigger wages, more freedom. There were problems with the British taxations and representation in the Kingdom’s Parliament (actually, too many taxes with little to none representation), but for the most part, Britain did not interfere much in the colonies’ internal businesses, so common people could feel themselves comfortable and safe under the protection of the most powerful fleet, and having some trading benefits. Another reason for such a dramatic population growth was probably traditions and religion. The colonists had different origins, and many of them were convicts, smugglers, and so on, but still, the majority consisted of loyal and respected farmers, firmly believing in God and his laws, living by the traditions, observing the “be fruitful and increase in number” precept. And finally, do not forget that contraception was not really popular back then.

Answered by Elijah Owens  on Oct 10, 2016
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