Timeline of American History 1776-1876

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  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    A pamphlet by Thomas Paine was published that helped get the citizens to see the importance of independence from Great Britain.
  • First American Flag Created

    First American Flag Created
    Betsy Ross created the first American flag. Her flag would be the outline for the flag as we know it today.
  • Signing of Declaration of Independence

    Signing of Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a document that listed grievences to the King and announced the splitting of the colonies from the mother country. This document is important to America because it made the colonies of America free and independent from Great Britain.
  • Weath of Nations by Adam Smith Published

    Weath of Nations by Adam Smith Published
    This book was written by Adam Smith and is the most important book to our economy in history.
  • New York Fires

    New York Fires
    A very bad fire that broke out in New York. The results were 400-1000 building/structures being ruined.
  • End of the American Revolution

    End of the American Revolution
    The American Revolution end on this day. It is important because it ended the war the US fought to gain independence and they won.
  • Signing of the US Constitution

    Signing of the US Constitution
    The constitution was signed becoming a huge part of our government and still is today.
  • George Washington Becomes President

    George Washington Becomes President
    On this date, George Washington became the first president of the United States. This is an important event in American History, because this is the first time the U.S. had a leader as an independent country.
  • First US Bank

    First US Bank
    The First US Bank was put into service. People still us banks today to deal with their money.
  • Bill of Rights Ratified

    Bill of Rights Ratified
    These were a set of rights ratified and are not able to be taken away from US citizens.
  • Cotton Gin Invented

    Cotton Gin Invented
    The significance of the cotton gin is that it revolutionized sewing. It was invented by Eli Whitney.
  • Washington D.C. Founded

    Washington D.C. Founded
    Our nation's capital was founded. Washington D.C.is still our capital today.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana Purchase is when the US bought 828,000 square miles of Frances land. This is important to the US because it makes up 15 of its states today.
  • Expedition of Lewis and Clark

    Expedition of Lewis and Clark
    Lewis and Clark were sent on an expedition by President Jefferson to explore the western territory. This would help with Manifest Destiny.
  • Steamboat Invented

    Steamboat Invented
    Robert Fulton invented the steamboat. This made transportation quicker. It also contributed to pollution in the air.
  • First US Highway Built

    First US Highway Built
    The first big highway in the US was built called Cumberland Rd. This was a big step for transportation.
  • Start of the War of 1812

    Start of the War of 1812
    This is the start of war lasted from 1812 to the end of 1814. This is important, because it brought back free trade in the U.S. and ended impressment. These were some of the goals the U.S, had.
  • The Burning of Washington

    The Burning of Washington
    During the War of 1812, the British burned many buildings in Washington DC including the White House and Capitol Building. This was important in American History, because two very important US building were destroyed and put the US in a bad position.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    This act allowed Indians to live only where congress approved of. This was important, because the US could use their land.
  • Morse Code Invented

    Morse Code Invented
    The Morse Code was invented by Samuel Morse and was important for communication during wars.
  • Texas Added as a State

    Texas Added as a State
    The Confederate states gave away Texas as the 28th state of the Union.
  • First Baseball Game Played Under New Rules

    First Baseball Game Played Under New Rules
    The first baseball game played under the new rules was played by the New York Knickerbockers at Elysian Fields in New Jersey. This is important, because it start the sport that is still really popular today.
  • First Woman's Rights Convention Was Held

    First Woman's Rights Convention Was Held
    This was the first time women held a convention to fight for their rights. This is important, because it is the start of the long battle women fought to get where they are today with civil rights.
  • Pony Express Invented

    Pony Express Invented
    This was the first US mail system. Sending messages far away was made a lot quicker using the Pony Express.
  • Start of the Civil War

    Start of the Civil War
    The Civil War is a war fought between the Union (north) and the Confederate States (south) in the US. It is important to American History, because it resulted in the US being brought back together as one nation.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    This proclamation was important because it gave slaves freedom. It was by President Lincoln.
  • President Lincoln's Assassination

    President Lincoln's Assassination
    President Lincoln was assassinated while at Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. He was in the Presidential Box. This is important, because it was the first president assassination in American history.
  • Last Shot of the Civil War Fired

    Last Shot of the Civil War Fired
    This shot ended the Civil War. It is important, because it ended the 4 year war and brought the US back together.
  • Former Slaves are Allowed Citizenship in the U.S.

    Former Slaves are Allowed Citizenship in the U.S.
    The 14th ammendment was ratified and gave all people born in the U.S. the right to be a citizen. This is important, because it is a big step for former slaves to get protection from civil rights.
  • Invention of the First Telephone

    Invention of the First Telephone
    The first telephone was invented by Alexander G. Bell and was and still is an important part of communication.