America’s adolescence was awkward. The newly-minted United States was deeply in debt and deeply divided on who should do what to whom. Freedom was on life support.
England was confident her former colonies could be brought back into the British Empire.
And they might have… except for
… George Washington’s diplomatic skills as President
… James Madison’s winning arguments against Patrick Henry
… Alexander Hamilton’s expertise in free enterprise
… John Adam’s shipbuilding, notably, Old Ironsides
… Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase
… Andrew Jackson’s victory in New Orleans