The United States is exactly 247 years old.
It emerged as an independent nation in 1776, after America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.
Its official birth date can be traced back to July 4, 1776, which was when the document was signed.
The United States is pretty young in comparison to other nations. For example, England is roughly 800 years older than the US.
Settlers from Europe didn't arrive in North America until the late 1400s. Although the first settlers were loyal to their homelands, this changed as new generations were born.
By the 1760s, the population no longer needed Britain's military help to defend against the French and the Spanish. The people also began to express major concerns about their rights.
For example, Britain taxed the colonists even though they had no representation in the British parliament.
Over the centuries, American colonists developed a distinct sense of identity. In other words, they no longer felt like they were British, German, or French. By that stage, hundreds of years had passed since their forefathers sailed across the Atlantic.
All of this eventually culminated in the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution.
In the end, Britain was defeated by the colonists and a new independent nation was formed.
This question was answered on November 9th, 2022.
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