1800-1876 Timeline

  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    French leader Napoleon was in financial debt and need to sell land for cheap. United States payed $15 million to receive the territory which extended west from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition
    Lewis and Clark set out to explore the unknown territory of the Louisiana Purchase.
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    War of 1812

    Conflict between United States and United Kingdom over British violation of US maritime rights. US was ambitious and wanted to hold their ground firmly as a young nation. Unfortunately, Britain won.
  • First Public Railroad System

    First Public Railroad System
    there was work done of the Ohio and Baltimore 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 also led to America’s involvement in an industrial revolution.
  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
    Gold is discovered at Sutter’s Mill California drawing people from across the nation hoping to find gold. This event helped with America’s westward expansion.
  • Abraham Lincoln becomes president

    Abraham Lincoln becomes president
    Abraham Lincoln becomes the US’s 16th president and is crucial leader for the North in the US Civil War.
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    US Civil War

    This war was between the Northern States (Union) and the Southern States (Confederate) over the expansion and continuation of slavery.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    Battle in the Civil War that took lace in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Union got the much needed victory to slow the Confederate’s momentum in the war. This is also where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg address.