Sweden in North America: A Brief History

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This paper briefly outlines the success and failure of Sweden's lone 17th century colony in mainland North America. Proper references and citations are included.

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American Military UniversityShort Paper #001: Sweden in North America: A Brief HistoryHIST308: The History of European ColonizationEdmund CarterStudent ID# 4138356Professor Jodie CummingsJuly 4, 2014A major military and commercial power from the mid-17th to the beginning of the 18th century, the Kingdom of Sweden emerged from the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) as the dominant state in northern Europe. At its greatest territorial extent in the late 1690's, Sweden's continental "empire" included parts of Norway, all of Finland and stretched into Russia. In addition, Sweden controlled portions of modern-day Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Germany, essentially making the Baltic Sea into a Swedish lake. Nevertheless, Sweden's power never seriously extended beyond the realm of Europe, but not for the lack of trying. Looking to rival the commercial strength of the traditional colonial powers of England, France, Spain and the Dutch Republic, Sweden endeavored to stake a claim in the New World. In 1638, during the height of Swedish involvement in the Thirty Years' War, the Swedes, with the help of Dutch investors, established the colony of New Sweden, located in par

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