Important Events in America during the 19th Century Timeline

  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase on January 18, made by Jefferson. This leads to Lewis and Clark exploring the West and the Westward Expansion.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Meriwether Lewis and William Clark explored thousands of miles of new land that settlers could later move to. Lewis also collected and described hundreds of new plant and animal species that had been previously unknown to science. This changed the science field, giving it exponential knowledge, and new experiments to conduct. Exploring the land gave other US citizens the opportunity to make new lives out west, and it expanded the United State's land area.
  • War of 1812

  • Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman (1819-1913) dedicated her whole life to freeing slaves from their bondage by being a conductor on the underground railroad. Although she escaped from her owner's plantation and gained her freedom, she kept going back to free other slaves even though it was extremely dangerous and put her life at risk. Over her lifetime, Harriet helped over 300 slaves escape. She risked her life to rescue her people from captivity, and was an honorable woman.
  • Susan B. Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony, who lived from 1820-1906, dedicated her life to securing women's rights and fought for equality. She was looked down upon by most of the male society because they thought women were inferior and didn't like the fact that women were starting to stand up for themselves. Despite all of that, Susan pressed on and fought for her rights, as well as the rights of all other women.
  • American, W.A. Burt invents a typewriter

    The invention of a typewriter obvously led to the invention of the computer, which forever changed the way the world worked, spoke, and communicated. After the invention of the computer as a result of the typewriter, other things like new medicine, operations, travel, etc. were invented. Thanks to the invention of the typewriter, the world keeps advancing and adding on to it's abilities with the computer.
  • California Gold Rush

    Over 300,000 people immigrated to California from eastern United States to China and came to California, hoping to get rich quick by mining for gold.
  • Beginning of Civil War

    When Lincoln was inaugerated, the South didn't want an anti-slavery President, so states from the South seceded to make their own country, apart from the North, who supported Lincoln. Becusue of the country separating from each other, the Civil War began and lasted for four years. During that time, around 618,000 soldiers died for a cause as trivial as race.
  • Alfred Nobel invents dynamite

    Alfred Nobel invents dynamite, which led to other explosives like the atom bomb. It improved life in construction with railroads, towns, bridges, etc., because blowing up certain areas cleared the way for construction workers to build whatever it is they were building. Eventually, dynamite turned into a means of warfare, and became very harmful, for example when the Atom Bomb destoying Heroshima during WWII, thousands of people dies as a result of the bomb.
  • The Light Bulb Invented

    Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, which changed the world. It made the streets and buildings and homes light up, which made it easier for the average person to work and just live. It also created the modern electricity industry. There are many different forms of light bulbs and sources of light now, thanks to the dedication of Thomas Edison.
  • The Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty was given to the U.S. by France as a gift of friendship.
  • Basketball Invented

    James Naismith was a Canadian physical instructor who invented the game of basketball so that his students could participate in sports during the winter. The original game was invented while James was at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA. Naismith used a soccer ball that was thrown into peach baskets in the first games for his students. The first public basketball game was in Springfield, MA, USA on March 11, 1892. Today, basketball is one of the most played sports in America and the world.
  • Galveston Hurricane

    The most destuructive storm in American history hit Galveston wiithout warning and destroyed most of the city.