Westward Expansion

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    Westward Expansion

  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to map a course to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Erie Canal

    Erie Canal
    Construction on the Erie Canal is completed and the canal opens. This artificial waterway connects New York City with the Great Lakes. Canal construction in the North and Northwest booms and revolutionizes trade and travel.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    The Treaty of New Echota was signed giving the Cherokee nation 5.6 million and transportation west for all of their land. This led to the westward movement of the Cherokee nation on the Trail of Tears.
  • Texas

    Texas becomes the 28th state.
  • Donner Party

    Donner Party
    The Donner Party became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains after taking a short cut through the mountains that added weeks to their travel time. Little more than half of the party made it to California and only after many had resorted to cannibalism.
  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
    Gold is discovered in California. The following year more than 80,000 people move to California in search of gold sparking what would be called the "Gold Rush."