Westward Expansion

  • Daniel Boone

    Daniel Boone
    In 1775, he settled an area he called Boonesborough in Kentucky, but faced Indian resistance. On September 26, 1820, Boone died in Femme Osage Creek, Missouri.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    Laws were created for certain territories. These laws forbid slavery and, guarantees certain civil rights.
  • Louisiana Purchase

     Louisiana Purchase
    President Thomas Jefferson buys the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million. This doubles the size of the United States and provides a large area to the west of the country for expansion.
  • Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean

    Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean
    Explorers Lewis and Clark map out areas of the Louisiana Purchase and eventually reach the Pacific Ocean.
  • Spanish Session

    Spanish Session
    Pirates had long been known to use Florida, which was controlled by Spain, as a refuge and hideout from the United States authorities. Finally tired of the pirate raids, a General called Andrew Jackson invaded and captured a number of forts in the area. Since Spain did not want to go to war, they agreed to hand over Florida to the U.S. We call this transaction the Spanish Cession.
  • Jhon Quincy Adam

    Jhon Quincy Adam
    John Quincy Adam was elected president of the United States of America
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    Congress passes a law to move Native Americans from the Southeast to the west of the Mississippi River.
  • Battle of the Alamo

    Battle of the Alamo
    Mexican troops attack the Alamo Mission killing all but two Texans. This spurs the Texans on in the Texas Revolution.
  • Florida becomes a state

    Florida becomes a state
    This is the date when Florida becomes a state. Florida entered the Union on March 3, 1845, the 27th state and the last state east of the Mississippi River.
  • Manifest Destiny

    Manifest Destiny
    Journalist John O'Sullivan first uses the term "Manifest Destiny" to describe the westward expansion of the United States.
  • The Mexican-American War Starts

    The Mexican-American War Starts
    A war fought over the rights to Texas. After the war, the United States paid Mexico $15 million for land that would later become California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and parts of several other states. The Mexican-American war was from 1846 to 1848.
  • Oregon Treaty

    Oregon Treaty
    England signs the Oregon Treaty handing over the Oregon Territory to the United States.
  • Gold Rush begins

     Gold Rush begins
    James Marshall discovers gold at Sutter's Mill. Soon word is out and people rush to California to strike it rich
  • Senaca Falls Convetion

    Senaca Falls Convetion
    The first convetion ever for women's rights was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.
  • Gadsden Purchase

    Gadsden Purchase
    he next area of land to be bought by the United States was the region that we know as Arizona and a part of New Mexico. This was called the Gadsden Purchase.
  • First oil drilled

    First oil drilled
    The first productive commercial oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania by Edwin Drake. This led to further expansion in the southwest in search of fertile oil fields.