Armed Conflict Inside and Outside of America

  • Early European Colonization of America

    Early European Colonization of America
    When European countries reached the Americas, they all used different methods of colonization. The Spanish treated the natives as usable labor, the French established the natives as trading partners, and the English removed the indigenous and replaced them with native English. Although some native tribes would capture others as slaves, Europeans also used this tactic before the introduction to African slaves. Many of the times, natives were killed due to the spread of new diseases.
  • Pequot War

    Pequot War
    A armed conflict (dispute between territory) between the Pequot tribe and an alliance of the English colonists (pilgrims) of Plymouth, and their Native American allies that ocurred between 1634 and 1638. Resulted in the defeat of the Pequot tribe.
  • Beaver Wars

    Beaver Wars
    Also known as the Iroquois Wars. A series of conflicts fought in the mid-17th century in eastern North America between the Iroquois tribe and French traders in their region. The wars were prompted by a scarcity of beavers in land controlled by the Iroquois. Considered one of the bloodiest wars in American history.
  • King Phillips War

    King Phillips War
    War between the colonists and the Native Americans in New England. The war is named after King Philip, the chief of the Wampanoag. His Wampanoag name was Metacom. He was captured and beheaded and his supporters ran away although some were captured and sold into slavery.
  • King George's War

    King George's War
    Third war between France and Great Britain for colonization of America. Once again between France and its native alliance and Britain and its native alliance.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The British wanted to settle in the Ohio River Valley to trade with the Native Americans who lived there. The French built forts to protect their (usually fur) trade with the Indians. In 1754, George Washington led an army against the French.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    In an attempt to succeed from Britain, the thirteen colonies fought together after being ristricted from the west (because of the native land) and a series of taxation (as an attempt to raise money to pay for the French and Indian War). French entered the war on the side of the rebels. Declaration of Independece signed July 4th.
  • Second Cherokee War

    Second Cherokee War
    A series of armed conflicts when the Cherokee fought to prevent the settlement of Americans into eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky; under British rule, this land was preserved as native territory.
  • Shays' Rebellion

    Shays' Rebellion
    A series of protests by American farmers agasint tax collections and debt judgement. The federal government was unable to raise an army to help the state militia in controlling the uprising. The weak national government helped convince people to replace the Articles of Confederation.
  • Whiskey's Rebeliion

    Whiskey's Rebeliion
    A series of protests against federal tax as a revenue source for repaying the nation's war bonds. The revolt was centered in southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Quasi War

    Quasi War
    An undeclared war between the United States and France after the XYZ Affair, the Quasi-War was the result of disagreements over treaties and America's status as a neutral in the Wars of the French Revolution. Resulted in mostly naval engagements
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war against the United Kingdom because of British impressment of American sailors, and interception of neutral ships of the United States during British rivalry with France. Known as the second American War of Independence.
  • Mexican American War

    Mexican American War
    After the annexation of Texas in 1845, the United States and Mexico failed to resolve a boundary dispute and it was necessary to deploy forces in Mexico because of a threatened invasion.The war ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on February 2, 1848. The treaty gave the US control of Texas, established the US–Mexican border of Rio Grande, and ceded the disputed land to America.
  • American Civil War

    American Civil War
    A major war between the United States (the Union) and eleven Southern states which declared that they had a right to secession (Confederate States of America). War started over disputes between free and slave states and the power of the National government to restrict slavery.
  • Battle (Massacre) at Wounded Knee

    Battle (Massacre) at Wounded Knee
    Frightened by the rising Ghost Dance movement, US officials capture Sitting Bull. They promptly assasinate him because they believe he may be the Ghost Dancer. Massacre inssued on Wounded Knee and 150 natives were killed.
  • Pullman Strike

    Pullman Strike
    Nationwide railroad stirkes to protest wage cuts. Involed American Railway Union led by Eugene Debs agaisnt Pullman Company. Resulted in 30 deaths after federal aid intervened.
  • Spanish American War

    Spanish American War
    On April 25, 1898, the United States declared war with Spain and aligned with Cuban rebels. The war followed the Cuban War of Independence against Spanish rule and the sinking of the USS Maine in the harbor at Havana (Which was blamed on the Spanish, without evidence).
  • Philippine American War

    Philippine American War
    After helping the Phillippine gain it's independence from Spain,The US wanted to annex the Philippines becauase they believed they needed the help and it was their responsibility (White Man's Burden). The Philippine's wanted complete independence so they ressisted US control.
  • World War I

    World War I
    The United States entered into the war on the side of the Allied Powers because of Germany's submarine warfare against neutral shipping and the Zimmermann Telegram. This war also ended America's long period of isolation/neutrality.
  • Palmer Raids

    Palmer Raids
    Series of raids by the US Department of Justice created to capture and deport radical leftists (communists, anarchists, etc.). Sparked bombings agaisnt those who were accused. Occured during the Red Scare.
  • World War II

    World War II
    On December 7, 1941, the United States declared war against Japan in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This war led to the introduction of nuclear weapons in modern warfare and prompted the Civil War.
  • D Day

    D Day
    Allied troops led by Dwight D. Eisenhower opened up the Second Front against the Nazis at German occupied France.Close to 20,000 paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines to sabotage Nazi's defense on the beaches.
  • Atomic Bombing

    Atomic Bombing
    After the Japanese didnt give in to the demands of the Potsdam Declaration, President Truman ordered the Atomic Bomb be used on the city of Hiroshima. Three days later after Japan didn't reach out to the Allied powers, Nagasaki was bombed with another atomic bomb. This devastation provoked Japan to surrender.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    The United States responded to the North Korean invasion of South Korea by aiding South Korea. The US pushed upwards and then were pushed back after the Soviet Union and China supported North Korea. The 38th parralel seperate the north from the south. Over 36,600 US military were killed.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    Similar to the Korean War, the United States provides support to South Vietnam while North Vietnam recieves support from communist supporters.More than 3 million people, including 58,000 Americans, were killed in the conflict.
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    An unsuccessful military invasion of Cuba by the CIA-group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961 in an attempt to overtake communist leader Fidel Castro. Tensions began with a notice at Cuba's close relationship to the Soviet Union. Fidel used the attack to request military aid by the Soviet Union.
  • Kent State Incident

    Kent State Incident
    Shooting of unarmed students in Kent State University by the Ohio National Gaurd. 4 students killed when a protest agaisnt the invasion of Cambodia got out of hand.
  • Gulf War

    Gulf War
    In response to the refusal by Iraq to leave Kuwait, US attacked Iraqian forces and military targets in Iraq and Kuwait in conjunctoin with United Nations Security Council resolutions. On February 24, 1991, United Nation launched a ground attack that drove Iraqian forces out of Kuwait. On February 28, 1991, President Bush declared a ceasefire
  • War on Terror

    War on Terror
    The War on Terror begins with Operation Enduring Freedom. On October 7, 2001, U.S. Armed Forces invade Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks against Al Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban. In 2011, Osama Bin Laden is killed in a raid under the Obama administration. Thanks, Obama.
  • War in Iraq

    War in Iraq
    The United States leads a coalition that includes the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland to invade Iraq with the stated goal being to disarm Iraq (Saddam Hussein) in pursuit of peace, stability, and security both in the Gulf region and in the United States.
  • Battle at Little Bighorn

    Battle at Little Bighorn
    Started because a number of tribes missed their deadline to move to reservations to allow the US to search and mine for gold. George Armstrong Custer sends troops but were outnumbered under Sitting Bull. (Also know as Custer's Last Stand)