American Expansion Timeline

By dkosiba
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    President = None
    Other nations involved = Great Britain
    Method of gaining territory = treaty as a result of American Revolution. Negated Proclamation Line and allowed expansion west of Appalacian Mnts. to the Mississippi River
    Motivation for taking over territory = desire for free land, resources, and economic opportunities like farming
    Effects on Indian peoples = Causes hostilities between the U.S. and Indians to increase and causes shift in govermeny policy to Indian removal policies
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea Expedition Begins

    Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea Expedition Begins
  • Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe Trail
    One of the most busiest and most well known avenues of trade. Led 780 miles from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Indian Removal Act of 1830

    Indian Removal Act of 1830
    President Jackson decided to move the Native American Indians from their lands further west. The Federal Government provided funds to negotiate treaties that would force the Indians to move.
  • Oregon Trail

    Oregon Trail
    Route from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, oregon used by pioneers traveling to the Oregon Territory
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    The Cherokee were sent off in groups of about 1,00 each on the long journey. The 800 mile trip was made partly by steamboat and railroad but mostly on foot. As winter came more and more of the Cherokee died en route.
  • "54 40' or Fight"

    "54 40' or Fight"
    An adopted slogan by newspapers refering to the lattitude 54',40'
  • Annexation of Texas

    Annexation of Texas
    Texas became the 28th state in the union
  • Mexican American War

    Mexican American War
    Zachary Taylor positioned his forces at the Rio Grande. While John C Fremont led an exploration party through Mexicos borders. Mexicans sent troops, which led to a skirmish. Polke convinced the Senate to declare war on Mexico
  • Mormons Settle in Utah

    Mormons Settle in Utah
    Brigham Young decided to move his followers beyond the boudaries of the United States. Thousands traveled by wagon north to Nebraska, across Wyoming to the Rockies, and then south-lonely desert near the Great Salt Lake.
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    Mexico agreed to the Rio Grande border for Texas and ceded New Mexico and California to the Unites States.
  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
    People from Asia, South America, America, and Europe flocked to California for gold.
  • Gadsen Purchase

    Gadsen Purchase
    President Franklin Pierce authorized his emissionary JAmes Gadsen to pay Mexico 10 million dollars for another peice of Mexican territory.