Significant Events in United States History From 1600-1900

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In History
  • Aug 3, 1492

    Columbus' founding of the Americas

    Columbus' founding of the Americas
    Christopher Columbus, on this date, accidentally stumbled apon what was later to be the American continents while searching for a faster route by sea to Asia.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    This document was the first government for British colonials in America.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    This document, also called "The Peace of Paris" was signed to end the Seven Years' War. Also made Britain a even more dominant force outside European borders.
  • Battle(s) of Saratoga

    Battle(s) of Saratoga
    Widely regarded to as the turning point of the Revolutionary war, the Battles (September 19th and October 7th, 1877) of Saratoga were battles in which Americans attacked and seized controll of British defensive positions.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    These were the first battles of the American Revolutionary war.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    This document was the first plan of any type of government in the U.S.
  • United States Constitution

    United States Constitution
    This document was and is the basis of our national government and law.
  • Federalist Papers

    Federalist Papers
    On this day, it was decided the Federalist Papers ( a series of essays about the ratification of the United States Constitution) were to be published.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana Purchase was the event in which the United States paid the French $15,000,000 for most of the mid-western states, doubling their prior size as a nation.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    This legislative act decided that the western territories were to be slave states
  • Annexation of Texas

    Annexation of Texas
    This legislative action made Texas a part of the United States. This also sparked the turmoil behind the Mexican-American War.
  • Nullification Crisis

    Nullification Crisis
    Created by South Carolina's "Ordinance of Nullification", South Carolina tried to nullify the tarriff of 1828
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    This compromise led to the aboloshment of slave trade and admitted California free state.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act

    Kansas Nebraska Act
    This act divided states among a line which seperated slave from non-slave states.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Lincoln issued this Emancipation Proclamation which stated all slaves were to be freed under union territory
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    This amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery.
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    Seven Years' War

    This war (also containing the French and Indian War) was fought over land possession.
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    Revolutionary War

    This is the war in which America grew tired of Britain's rule and taxation, us to revolt and gain our independance
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    War of 1812

    This war was a military conflict over expansion and trade restrictions.
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    Civil War

    This war was fought over resources, ideology, and above all else, unity. The south wanted to keep slavery intact and have not only cash crops but industrialization. We all know how this turned out.