Nebraska Territory Timeline

  • Preemption Act of 1841 passed

    Preemption Act of 1841 passed
    The Preemption Act of 1841 declared that an individual was allowed to acquire federal land and claim it as one's property.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act passed

    Kansas-Nebraska Act passed
    The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise, created two new territories, and allowed for popular sovereignty. It also produced a violent uprising known as “Bleeding Kansas
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    Civil War (timespan)

    war between the union and confederate
  • Homestead Act passed

    Homestead Act passed
    Passed on May 20, 1862, the Homestead Act accelerated the settlement of the western territory by granting adult heads of families 160 acres of surveyed public land for a minimal filing fee and five years of continuous residence on that land.
  • The Charter for the Transcontinental Railroad passed

    The Charter for the Transcontinental Railroad passed
    The transcontinental railroad was a train route across the United States that was finished in 1869. The route connected the east and west regions of the U.S. by rail for the first time.
  • Morrill Act passed

    Morrill Act passed
    First proposed when Morrill was serving in the House of Representatives, the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862 set aside federal lands to create colleges to benefit the agricultural and mechanical arts.
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    Construction of the transcontinental railroad

    railroad form the eastern connected with the west part
  • Plum Creek Massacre7647

    Plum Creek Massacre7647
    The battle of Plum Creek was an aftermath of the Council House Fight, in which many of the Comanche Indian chiefs, women, and warriors were killed.
  • Sand Creek Massacre

    Sand Creek Massacre
    In 1864, the U. S. Army carried out a surprise attack on a non-combatant encampment of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians along the Big Sandy Creek in southeastern Colorado, killing about 160 men, women, and children, including elderly or infirm
  • Nebraska becomes a State

    Nebraska becomes a State
    On March 1, 1867, President Andrew Johnson reluctantly signed the proclamation declaring Nebraska's statehood.
  • The first Treaty of Fort Laramie

    The first Treaty of Fort Laramie
    In this treaty, signed on April 29, 1868, between the U.S. Government and the Sioux Nation, the United States recognized the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people.