Numerous factors prevented Colonial America from becoming a united empire. The main reason was that it was not a homogeneous nation. Looking back at history united empires were racially homogeneous. IQ differences both within and between races also play a factor. When a country is homogenous, all (or most) of the people living within the boundaries of the country all have the same interests, which is not seen when a land is non-homogeneous.
The first and most important factor preventing America from becoming a united empire was that America was not a racially homogenous land. All of the races currently in the country at the time had their own motivations and how they wanted to get them done. When countries are not racially homogenous, they don’t have the same goals and thusly cannot work together for common goals. The African slaves wouldn’t work together with Europeans as the Europeans held them as slaves. The Natives in the country had their own goals as well (such as protecting their land), and would not work together either.
The Colonial settlers did conduct trade with the ‘Natives’, however, we had quite a few wars with them and the great Andrew Jackson isn’t looked at too highly amongst ‘Native Americans’. However, this is just what occurs when a land is so racially/ethnically divided. When a country is homogeneous, there is less of a chance for wars and strife to break out (that is, if they’re not as inbred as Arab Muslims are).
Contrary to popular belief, a paltry amount of slaves came to America, around 2 to 3 percent (with the rest going to the Carribean and Latin America) of slaves from West Africa were transported to what is now America. However, with the ‘Natives’ also being in what is now America, when Europeans settled America there were now three ethnies in one land who all had their own separate ethnic genetic interests. This small amount of slaves had large negative effects on the QoL of the American citizens at the time. The African slaves rebelled a lot; these rebellions killed a lot of people, both black and white. This also
Another reason for this was that between the North and South, there was a difference between the ethnic demographics of the area. The South had more slaves while the North had less. Another factor was, for instance with regards to Chesapeake and New England, they both had differing amounts of men and women, and the biggest factor was that both regions had differing amounts of slaves. With two such distinct areas of the country both with peoples from differing parts of the world, this is yet another reason why Colonial America would not become a united empire.
Lastly, the ethnic demographic differences between the North and the South prevented America from realizing its true potential. The North had a much more complex economy with farming, trading ship building, and related matters. The differences from both regions of the country greatly contributed to why the new country never became a superpower.
The Southern part of the Colonies was more Scots-Irish, while the Northern ones, like the New England territories, were more English. Along with these ethnic differences (they will have differing ideas of ethnic interests), there were also differences in death rates (in the South, the average age of death was 43, due in part to the amount of slaves). Moreover, in the North the male/female ratio was 3 males for 2 females where in the South it was 6 males to every one female.
I could also see IQ differences playing a factor here. Scots-Irish are less intelligent today; and if you look at their current descendants in Appalachia today, they’re what is called ‘white trash’. The English had a much better environment, encouraged family life, and they also developed their own hierarchy. Looking at America in the American South and New England, we can see these intelligence differences still exist today. I wouldn’t doubt that these IQ differences DO go back to Colonial America, and if so, it is a great explanation for economic as well as life differences between the two different parts of the Colony with peoples from different countries.
The reasons Colonial America never became a superpower are numerous, however, the main reason is that it was not racially/ethnically homogenous. When a land is homogeneous, the people can work towards a common goal and feel safer. The differences in lifestyle and economy between the North and the South were also two other contributing factors. Intelligence differences played a huge factor in life outcomes and how each part of the country conducted day-to-day life. Other things such as inequalities between classes can be (somewhat) ameliorated, however, if a country is not racially/ethnically homogeneous, they will never become a world power as too much in-country strife will ensue. The story of why Colonial America never became a United Empire is imperative to show that races and ethnies have differing ways of life and when they live together in the same area, ethnic strife occurs. The main difference, I believe, that there was no united empire was due to the huge intelligence differences both between races and within them. As we can see today, intelligence differences both within and between countries and peoples are a huge reason for the readily apparent differences between them.