Westward Expansion

  • Treaty of Fort Laramie

    Treaty of Fort Laramie
    The United States government created negotiations with the Native American Plains tribes living between the Arkansas and Missouri Rivers to protect the traveling migrants going there.
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    Westward Expansion

  • Homestead Act

    Homestead Act
    One of three United States federal laws that gave an applicant a title to an area called a "homestead". It was about 160 acres of undeveloped federal land west of the Mississippi River.
  • Indian Peace Commission Established

    Indian Peace Commission Established
    A commission that was formed to create "peace" (with native americans) and put Native Americans on reservations.
  • Transcontinental Railroad completed

    Transcontinental Railroad completed
    A contiguous/long network of railroads that stretch across oceans.
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn
    An armed battle between the Native American people of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho people against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. (June 25-26)
  • End of Cattle Boom

    End of Cattle Boom
    Ended because of:
    -over hunting of cattle
    -over grazing of land
    -beef surplus
    -barbed wire; closed off open ranges
    -i-ntroductions to other meats; sheep and chicken
  • Dawes Act

    Dawes Act
    To survey Native American tribal land and divide the land into parts for individual Native Americans.
  • Oklahoma Land Rush

    Oklahoma Land Rush
    when about 50,000 people lined up for their piece of unoccupied available two million acres.
  • Closing of the frontier

    Closing of the frontier
    Up to and in the 1880s the country had a frontier of settlement but at present the unsettled area had been so broken into small isolated bodies of settlement that there can hardly be said to be a frontier line, as reported the U.S. census bureau. This fact sparked one of the most significant papers in American studies to be written;The Frontier in America History -Frederick Jackson Turner
  • Battle of Wounded Knee

    Battle of Wounded Knee
    When the Sioux chief Big Foot and about 350 of his followers camped on the banks of Wounded Knee creek. By suprise U.S. troops charged with the reason of arresting Big Foot and disarming his warriors. This event was later know as a "massacre" and "unnecessarily" violent.
  • Populist Party founded

    Populist Party founded
    When the Knights of Labor and Farmers' Alliance joined. The party was in favor of the rights for farmers and programs that suppores/helped farmers. ( Most "important" influencial parts were between 1892-96.. but ended mostly in 1908)
  • William Jenning Bryanʼs “Cross of Gold” speech

    William Jenning Bryanʼs “Cross of Gold” speech
    the Democratic Party held William Jennings Bryan convention to decide who would be the official candidate for the Presidential Elections. It was such an impowering, good speech that he wom his nomination as the Democratic candidate