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Old 08-09-2017, 02:49 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Pets is another difference between the two countries -Aussies will typically have a pet wallaby or pademelon, while Americans will typically have a pet bear or bald eagle.
Hey, we also like our Raccoons and Skunks. Actually, there is some truth to this one as they are sometimes kept as pets.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:20 PM
 
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Ok thanks. So actually, quite similar. The main difference with the US is that it went the republic route and all the states are also republics and share sovereignty with the federal government.
Yep. The key difference is the US had to fight for self-government. Independence was pretty much handed to the Australian states in the mid 1800s once the British government realised how tenuous it's grip on them was, and changes in its own domestic politics meant it no longer needed a location to exile political trouble makers from Ireland, Britain and elsewhere.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Yep. The key difference is the US had to fight for self-government. Independence was pretty much handed to the Australian states in the mid 1800s once the British government realised how tenuous it's grip on them was, and changes in its own domestic politics meant it no longer needed a location to exile political trouble makers from Ireland, Britain and elsewhere.
Was it really that soon? I realize they had legislative assemblies fairly early on and could make some decisions but it seems early to talk about "independence".
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:57 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Yep. The key difference is the US had to fight for self-government. Independence was pretty much handed to the Australian states in the mid 1800s once the British government realised how tenuous it's grip on them was, and changes in its own domestic politics meant it no longer needed a location to exile political trouble makers from Ireland, Britain and elsewhere.
And I think this is the main reason why the US is so much more distinct from other former British colonies. Australia, like pretty much all the rest gained its independence peacefully and as a result, remained closer both politically and culturally from the get go. The US fought a bloody war and got help from Britain's arch enemy, France. After that, the relationship was quite adversarial, even with the threat of war over claimed territories. It took almost 100 years to improve relations between the US and UK, enough time for the two to diverge somewhat.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: BROOKLYN!
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Also only 13 States on the East coast ever were British colonies. Other parts of the US had different origins like Spain, France, and even a large chunk that used to belong to Mexico.
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:53 PM
 
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Was it really that soon? I realize they had legislative assemblies fairly early on and could make some decisions but it seems early to talk about "independence".
They had their own elected legislatures that functioned in accordance with their own written constitutions, raised their own militias and a little later on had their own navies and went to war in their own name as decided by their own governments. The move to federation, which began in the later half of the 1800s was initiated and driven by the to-be-states themselves, who's own representatives drafted and endorsed the Australian constitution that later came into effected when passed at referendum by their citizens.

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Also only 13 States on the East coast ever were British colonies. Other parts of the US had different origins like Spain, France, and even a large chunk that used to belong to Mexico.
The proportion of Australia that was "settled" or even surveyed during the true colonial era was pretty small, though. Northern Western Australia for example, was populated pretty much entirely by the local indigenous population until the pearling industry of the 1880s brought an influx of whites, Malays and Japanese. Most of central Australia was unknown until camel drivers from central Asia (collectively known as "Afghans) brought their camel trains, enabling trade and communication. A lot of areas of Qld, SA and even part of NSW were settled primarily by settlers from other than Britain or Ireland. In a lot of remote central Australia most early Christian missionaries were Lutherans from Germany.

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Old 08-10-2017, 04:10 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Also only 13 States on the East coast ever were British colonies. Other parts of the US had different origins like Spain, France, and even a large chunk that used to belong to Mexico.
True. Most of the states west of the Mississippi were made out of unorganized US territories but were equal to the 13 original in every other way. The exceptions were California, Texas and Hawaii which were sovereign nations at the time of statehood.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:56 AM
 
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Both the U.S. and Australia are English-speaking countries. Yet, both countries are far away from each other. Australia is almost same size as mainland continetal U.S.

What are the similarities and difference between both countries?

* Both use $ dollar as currency


Please ADD whatever you know are similar & difference....
The American dollar and the Australian are not the same value. The Australian dollar is more like a Canadian dollar.
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Old Yesterday, 10:20 PM
 
Location: BC Canada
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Interesting point of how Australia was basically just there for the taking and Britain didn't have to fight anyone {except the Aborigines} for the land and nor have they ever had to defend it from a potential invasion. Canada was formed by invasions, counter attacks, and threats of invasions which is why Canada has so many old forts all over the country.
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Old Yesterday, 10:37 PM
 
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Interesting point of how Australia was basically just there for the taking and Britain didn't have to fight anyone {except the Aborigines} for the land and nor have they ever had to defend it from a potential invasion. Canada was formed by invasions, counter attacks, and threats of invasions which is why Canada has so many old forts all over the country.
What about World War II?
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