Westward Expansion TImeline

Timeline created by Asandwich
In History
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    America purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for only $15 million. This practicly doubled the size of America at the time
  • Lewis and Clark Expidtion Begins

    Lewis and Clark Expidtion Begins
    Meryweather Lewis and William Clark go on an exprdition to explore the land that the US has aquaired and to map it out.
  • Andrew Jackson Elected President

    Andrew Jackson Elected President
    Andrew Jackson "The People's President" beat John Quincy Adams in the 1828 election.
  • Indian Removal Act Signed

    Indian Removal Act Signed
    Forced Native Americans west of the Mississippi river, which gave them the option of going to new land in return for their land, or to become a part of the state in which their land was being used for.
  • Mexican-American war Starts

    Mexican-American war Starts
    America wanted California because of the gold that was discovered, and to help with Manifest Destiny, so America could have land on both oceans.
  • End of the Mexican-American War

    End of the Mexican-American War
    The Mexican-American war ended with the signing of Guatalupe-Hildalgo treaty. This gave America: New Mexico, Colorado, California, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona. America payed Mexico $18.5 Million in return.
  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
    Gold is found in California, Americans rush to California with gold fever, and hoped to get rich.
  • Gadsden Purchase

    Gadsden Purchase
    The Gadsden Purchase added a small ammount of teritory to the US.
  • Gold Rush Ends

    Gold Rush Ends
    The gold rush ends
  • Pony Express Begins

    Pony Express Begins
    The Pony Express, a mail service that delivered packages across the Great Plains, began.
  • American Civil War Begins

    American Civil War Begins
    The South and The North begin fighting eachother. The bloodiest battle in American History has begun.
  • Pony Express Ends

    Pony Express Ends
    The Pony Express ends, and the telegraph is used instead.
  • Lincoln Signs the Pacific Railway Act

    Lincoln Signs the Pacific Railway Act
    President Abraham Lincoln signs the Pacific Railway Act into law, which promoted the TCRR by providing money and land claims.
  • Transcontinental Railroad Construction Started

    Transcontinental Railroad Construction Started
    The transcontintalt railroad is under construction, being the first railroad in America to strech from the west coast to the east coast.
  • Civil war ended

    Civil war ended
    The South of the US has lost the civil war. Slavery is abolished, the South rejoins the North, and around 750,000 soldiers are dead.
  • Alaska Purchase

    Alaska Purchase
    Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million.
  • Transcontinantal Railroad construction is finished

    Transcontinantal Railroad construction is finished
    The final spike (A.K.A the golden spike) was driven into the ground, finishing construction of the transcontenantal railroad.
  • Klondike Gold Rush Starts

    Klondike Gold Rush Starts
    The Klondike Gold Rush starts, around 50 years after the California gold rush ended
  • Hawaii Annexed

    Hawaii Annexed
    Hawaii annexd into the United States. It officlay became a territory 2 years later.
  • Klondike Gold Rush Ends

    Klondike Gold Rush Ends
    The Klondike Gold Rush ends, people leave Canada, with gold dust being priced at about $16 per ounce