Centuries of conflicts between England and France, and the events and ideas associated with those conflicts, indirectly resulted in the creation of the United States of America in the late 18th century. More specifically, the way that the United States of America formed into a functioning nation and the way that Americans behaved after the government was fully established were direct results of English and French rivalries.
Much of the late 18th century northern and western boundary of the new nation was based on English-French boundaries from hundreds of years of colonization and conquest of the North American continent. To the north, the then-believed Northwest Passage acted as a border. North of the Great Lakes and the river headed eastward belonged to the French and was disputed by the English off and on for the greater part of two centuries. To the west, what would eventually become the Louisiana Purchase belonged to the French and helped establish an uneasy boundary with the English and eventually Americans. Most of this uneasiness was due to Native Americans, who used French and English rivalries to pit one against the other for mutual Native American gain. These boundaries did not directly form the United States of America but rather had an indirect impact in shaping the nation in it’s infancy, even before the formal Declaration of Independence.

Another byproduct of English and French rivalries and conflicts around the globe helped form a certain attitude in the newly formed country, eventually contributing to the start of the Civil War. This byproduct still plagues our country to this day. Both nations being majority white, France and England defeated and subjugated people of color across the world and created a feeling of superiority to any non-white human. This feeling of superiority even manifested itself in the Declaration of Independence, as Thomas Jefferson wrote “All men are created equal” and yet many of those that signed that document had slaves and had assisted in subjugating many Native Americans in the years prior.

While it can be argued that the creation of the United States of America had more to do with the initial discovery of the continent by Christopher Columbus and Spain in the late 15th century, it was the rivalry and conflict between France and England that had the most lasting impact on the early formation of the young nation.