Early American History

  • Aug 21, 1492

    Columbus reaches America

    Columbus reaches America
    Columbus finds and claims America. Not only was a new world discovered, it introduced a "new" people, the native americans. The success of this discovery lead to the funding of 3 more voyages.
  • Period: Aug 21, 1492 to

    Early American History

  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    America and Britain collided causing a war after 6 peaceful years. The military alliances were destroyed. It also lead to the signing of the Treaty of Paris and also the proclamation of 1763.
  • Colonies Declare Independence

    Colonies Declare Independence
    The continental congress wanted each colony to have its own government. Thomas Jefferdson was in charge of making the final draft, and because of this it gave the people the ability to overthrow the government.
  • Constitution Ratified

    Constitution Ratified
    A new government could not be formed until 9 states agree to ratify the constitution. The conflict created the idea of anti-federalism. In order to get 9 states to agree they compromised by making the Bill of Rights.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The louisiana purchase doubled the size of America. It proved that transcontinental travel wsa possible. The purchase price was 15 million dollars.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    Treaty of Ghent
    The treaty of ghent was signed in order to end the war of 1812. By ending the war it "officially" declared the U.S. free.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    The removal act forced all the indians out and to move west. They traveled the whole move on foot and called it the trail of tears. Many lives were lost during the move.
  • Lincoln Elected

    Lincoln Elected
    Lincoln was elected by the republicans hoping to end slavery. When the south heard that Lincoln had been elected they felt as if they had no more political voice. The couthern states formed a confederacy and the civil war began.
  • Civil War Begins

    Civil War Begins
    North and south states dispute over slavery. The civil war is the cause of Virginia splitting into two and introducing a West Virginia. It also killed the export of cotton and destroyed the south.
  • Civil War Ends

    Civil War Ends
    The confederate urrenders at Appotmatax Courthouse. It was under Lincoln's request. All Lee's soldier were sent home with there stuff and food rashoned for 3 days. The war lasted for 4 years.