U.S. History 1800-1900

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  • Louisiana Purchcase

    United States payed $15 million to receive the territory which extends west from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. Napoleon, the leader of France, was in financial trouble due to war and was willing to give that huge chunk of land for a very little price. Jefferson wanted to expand America and eagerly bought the land. This transaction, although was unconstitutional, is forgotten about and is overlooked today.
  • Lewis and Clark Expidition sets off

    Lewis and Clark set out to explore the unknown territories of the Louisiana purchase.
  • War of 1812

    U.S. declared war on Britain over Britian's interference and prevetion of American shipping to Europe and over their interference of America's westward expansion. Many important events took place during this war. For one, Washington D.C. got captured by the British and the White House and Capital Building were set on fire. Another event that happened was Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner as he watched Britian's attack on Fort McHenry at Baltimore.
  • Spain Secession

    Spain cedes Florida to America.
  • First Public Railroad System

    Construction began on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This is the first public railroad in the U.S. It was a key factor in America's westward expansion and it made trade much easier and less expensive. This threw America into the Industrial Revolution as well as changed the face of this once primitive land.
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War took place in America's effort to gain California and other territory in Southwest.
  • California Gold Rush

    Gold is discovered at Sutter's Mill in California. After news spread that gold had been discovered there, thousands of Americans dropped everything they had and moved to California. By 1849, it was the peak of the Gold Rush, thus, creating the name forty-niners for the many miners that searched for gold there. This event greatly increased America's westward expansion.
  • Gadsden Purchase

    Gadsden purchase was made for $10,000,000 from Mexico.
  • Abraham Lincoln is elected

    Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest and most remembered presidents of the America, was elected on this day. His election spurred on the most brutal and deadliest war in American history. Soon after he was elected, South Carolina seceded from the Union and was then followed by the Civil War.
  • Confederate States are formed

    11 states had seceded from the U.S. and the Confederate states were formed. Jefferson Davis was elected as president of them a day later.
  • Civil War

    The Civil War was the conflict between the North (the Union) and the South (the Confederacy) over the expansion of slavery into western states and over the preservation of the Union. This war was had a higher fatality rate out of all of the wars fought in America combined. This sad event shaped our government for the better and opened the eyes of Americans to the brutality of slavery.
  • U.S. adopts standard time

    U.S. adopted standard time.
  • Statue of Liberty is dedicated

    The Statue of Liberty is dedicated to the U.S. by the people of France as a gift of friendship.
  • Spanish- American War

    Spanish- American War took place after the USS Maine was blown up in Havana harbor by Spain.
  • Hurricane of Galveston

    Galveston hurricane, the deadliest storm in American history, hits Texas.