American history to 1865

Significant Events in American History Until 1865

  • Period: Jan 1, 1500 to

    Middle Passage

    The Middle Passage is significant in American History because created a flourishing slave society within America and embraced the idea of exchanging tobacco, sugar, and other products. It led to a large slave population and a society for America that depended on slavery in order to function. The passage led to the death of millions of Africans Americans and really emphasized the idea of slavery, which was one of leading causes for the Civil War. (Date Above not exact)
  • The Creation of the Jamestown, Virgina Colony

    The Creation of the Jamestown, Virgina Colony
    The Jamestown settlement is a significant event in American history because it is known as the first English settlement in what is now the United States that created a path for others to follow. The settlement created a tension filled and life long relationship with Native Americans as the settlement brought conflict, disease, and famine. Tobacco became Virginia's first profitable export, and the popularity of tobacco led to prosperity within the colonies, which led to need of workers: slaves.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    The American Revolution is significant to American history because it established America as an independent nation from Britain. The colonists were able to gain their independence from Britain, enabling them to create a unified and independent nation, in which we now live. The Revolutionary War led to loyalists fleeing America, some slaves were freed, and Indians lost land because they fought for Britain. Because of the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence was published.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The signfiicance of the Declaration of Independence is that it was the formal and documented piece of writing that declared America as an independent country from Britain. The declaration stated that all men are created equal and that all men have the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is still famously followed and has become a well-knowns statement of human rights today in society.
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana Purchase is a prominent event in United States history because of the expansion that it led to. After the Louisiana Purchase was bought from France, United States doubled in size due to buying 828,000,000 square miles, allowing much more land to be explored for the United States. The Louisiana Purchase is also significant because it is noted as one of Thomas Jefferson's largest successes during his presidency and it also led to the displacement of the Indians.
  • The Second Great Awakening (Date Below Not Exact)

    The Second Great Awakening (Date Below Not Exact)
    The Second Great Awakening is significant in American history because it was time of major reform. The Great Revival led to new types of denominations that are still practiced today (Methodists and Baptists) and also led to popularity of Catholicism, which is a major religion still practiced today.The Great Revival also led to reform and activists group for women's rights, temperance, and education. The Great Revival led to a major concern in slavery, which later led to the Civil War!
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    The Indian Removal Act is significant in American History because it not only established a US Policy towards Indians, sending them them to federal territory in the West, but the Indian Removal Act is important because it also led to the expansion of the USA. The Indian Removal Act led to the Trail of Tears, the ethnic cleansing and relocation of Indians- causing available land in the South. It is also significant because the treaty violation led to distrust in the government.
  • The Civil War

    The Civil War
    The Civil War is significant because it led to the reassurance of national government by rejecting any ideas of nullification or secession. Because the South did not prove to be victorious, the southern states that seceded, were forced to re-enter the Union. The Civil War led to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution. The Civil War paved the way for Civil Rights legislation and it established Abraham Lincoln as one of the important figures in United States history.