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Originally Posted by Robert Tulip
How on Earth do you get the time of "1400-1500AD" for the European discovery of the Americas? There was no discovery for 92 years of that time period. The fourth voyage of Columbus wasn't until 1502. The conquest of the Aztec empire wasn't until 1521. The conquest of the Incan empire wasn't until 1532. In short, you're looking at a 40-year period that starts 92 years after your presumed starting date.
The US frontier was considered closed in 1880, when the line between settled and unsettled regions could no longer be drawn clearly.
And, as I'm sure you know, World War I didn't start until 1914, and World War II ended in 1945. Further, that whole period was not spend in defensive wars against Germany. Between 1919 and the mid-1930s, there was no reason to assume there would be another defensive war any time soon. Further, the first steps toward war were made when Italy conqured Ethiopia, and the second ones were when 1937. That can hardly be considered a defensive war against Germany.
And what makes you think the process of building insitutions is over, even 200 years after your alleged date of 1800?
Then again, I'm quite sure your Roman history is every bit as imprecise. It's just that I know American history better.
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