In the early 19th century, the young nation of America jockeyed with more established countries to find its place on the world stage. As its population grew, agriculture and maritime trade, rather than manufacturing industry, became the mainstay of the economy.  Proud of their hard-won independence and eager to have visible symbols to express their sentiments publicly, Americans imported ceramics decorated with images that were tangible tokens of their patriotism.  It was in this climate that Staffordshire potters found a niche market for blue printed earthenware decorated with American themes.

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