Was immigration the most important factor of USA development 1803-1917?

Apr 2017
1
UK
What do you think?
There are potentially other factors aiding America's development, like industrialization and the introduction of the railroad?
What was the most important factor?
 
Dec 2014
350
Italy
What do you think?
There are potentially other factors aiding America's development, like industrialization and the introduction of the railroad?
What was the most important factor?
1) Geographical position; 2) natural resources; 3) free enterprising; 4) political institutions ... and so on. :)
 

LatinoEuropa

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Oct 2015
5,222
Matosinhos Portugal
All factors were important from immigration to inventions.
My opinion one of the important inventions was the electricity through her invented the radio radar tv and other more inventions until the present day.

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todos factores foram importantes desde a imigração até aos inventos.
minha opinião um dos inventos importantes foi a electricidade atravez dela inventaram a radio tv radar e outros mais inventos até ao dia de hoje.
 

Mike McClure

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Nov 2010
6,229
Indiana
What do you think?
There are potentially other factors aiding America's development, like industrialization and the introduction of the railroad?
What was the most important factor?
For the first periods in US History the most important factor in our development was slavery.
 

LatinoEuropa

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Oct 2015
5,222
Matosinhos Portugal
Slavery served to make the rich richer.
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a escravidão serviu para os ricos ficarem mais ricos.
 

Ichon

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Mar 2013
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Immigration is definitely a key factor but without plentiful land and resources as well the politically accommodating institutions there would have been no immigration so difficult to place immigration above those factors.

Overall it was the availability of free land and the protection of private property rights including patents etc that had the greatest effect on American development as you can trace so many other things from those. Mexico and Canada theoretically had many of the same land and resource endowments but politically different institutions and while both had significant immigration as well far less compared to the U.S.
 

David Vagamundo

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Jan 2010
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Atlanta, Georgia USA
For the first periods in US History the most important factor in our development was slavery.
I don't think that's true because the power of the slaves states stopped the federal government from conducting internal improvements like roads, canals, etc. that would have vastly increased US wealth and did increase it as soon as the slaves states seceded from the Union and gave up their blocking power in Congress.

There were few if any years from the foundation of the Republic in which the slave states were were wealthier or more developed than the free states.

In my view, the biggest factors were:

1. the US Constitution that provided a rule of law.

2. Almost unlimited room to expand--land was for a long time there for the taking.

3. Abundant rivers

4. Fertile lands

5 Abundant natural resources

6 An ambitious and hard-working people, particularly in the free states
 

Rodger

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Jun 2014
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US
1) Geographical position; 2) natural resources; 3) free enterprising; 4) political institutions ... and so on. :)
Great post. I would say free enterprise, pillared by abundant natural resources and a hands off government (for the most part) were the primary reasons. However if this was the 'engine' of the 'train,' so to speak, the immigrants were the fuel. Without them there would not have been enough human resources to grow at the rate the US did.