War in the Early Republic
War in the Early Republic had many different roots. However, at the heart of it all was always the belief that the American mission and identity reigned supreme over all others. Other influences can be tracked and measured as having an impact on American wars throughout history, such as religion, economic missions, and national security. Time was the most critical role in evolving the motivations for why the United States went to war, however, the most prolific factor which has provided a foundational continuity is American exceptionalism. Following the inception of the Early Republic, English Puritans arrived and began the Pequot War in 1636. The motivations for this war was a religious ideology which unified the settlers and gave them a sense of community pride, a feeling of being chosen, and a justification to complete a purposed mission. Coupled with fears for security, the Puritan settlers attained their justification for the Pequot War. Precluding the Revolutionary War, economic changes led to a shift in nationalistic allegiances and an emergence of the true independent “American” spirit. This hotbed of resentment for the pre-existing British governance compounded by the belief that the colonists were different nationalistically from the British justified the war. During the War of 1812, Americans had strong nationalistic pride that they felt was encroached upon by the indignities perpetrated by the British through acts of economic limitations and breaches in security, thus leading to war. Continual changes over time in the Early Republic created unique situations which led to evolutions in the justifications for war. However, the single foundation that has continuously been propounded upon is an American nationalistic view of exceptionalism.