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18th century: Aftermath of the Revolutionary War

The Revolutionary War occurred from 1775-1783 and had dire consequences. A quarter of NYC burned down and US troops fled the city. Tens of thousands of Americans had been killed. Most of the enslaved people sided with the British, because they were promised freedom in exchange for their service in the cause. The enslaved people saw the British as truly representing their best interests, something that the Americans haven’t done, and joined the cause. This point in time is where immigration took its footing. The city was devastated and workers were needed to maintain and repair. Even though NYC lost its title as the political capital of the nation, it was still considered the financial capital and wanted to expand.