Westward Expansion timeline

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    American Revolutionary War

    The American War of Independence, Revolutionary War, started as a war between Great Britain and the 13 colonies. It gradually grew into a war between Britain and on the other side was the United States, France, and Netherlands. The result of the Revolutionary War was American victory and the independence of the United States.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a document showing America freedom from Britain. The document was signed by many important people, such as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Hancock. Thomas Jefferson also signed it and was the principle author of our Declaration. The Declaration now lies in Washington DC. The document measures 30 by 24 and a half inches.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3, 1783, ended the Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the US. The document was a sign of peace between those two countries. The treaty was signed at Hotel d’York by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay.
  • Second Great Awakening

    Second Great Awakening
    The Second Great Awakening was a Protestant revival movement during the early 19th century in the US. It began to gain momentum in 1800. After 1820, membership rose rapidly among Baptist congressions. It was past its peak in the 1840's. It was described as a reaction against rational Christianity and skepticism. The Second Great Awakening inspired American life, such as temperance, public education, and abolishing slavery.
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    Manifest Destiny

    Manifest Destiny was a widely held belief that American settlers were destined to expand throughout the continent. Manifest Destiny provided the rhetorical tone of the larges acquisition of US territory. It was used by Democrats in the 1840’s to justify the War with Mexico and it was also used to divide half of Oregon with Great Britain. There were never a set of principles defining Manifest Destiny, it was just a belief for all Americans.
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    Marshall Court

    The Marshall Court was the Supreme Court of the United States between 1801 to 1835. That was when John Marshall served as Chief Justice. This Supreme Court made key descisions that strengthened the federal government's power over that of the states's power
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    The Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark were explorers and were going to explore the whole Louisiana Purchase. At Louisville, he was joined by Captain William Clark, an experieced frontier soldier. Lewis and Clark went up the Mississippi River to Wood River, Illinois where they made a winter camp. Lemis and Clark then meet Daniel Boone. Then in 1805, Lewis and Clark resume their expidition in a canoe. They see many great sights such as the Rocky Mountains.When they finish, they meet President Jefferson.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition by the United States of America in 1803. It is 828,000 square miles that makes up the Louisiana Purchase. We bought the Louisiana Purchase from France for 11 million dollars and 4 million for debts with a total some of 15 million. Each acre was worth less than three cents! The Louisiana Territory makes up 15 current US states and two Canadian providences.
  • The War of 1812

    The War of 1812
    The War of 1812 started in 1812 and ended in February 18, 1815. The War of 1812 was a conflict between the United States and the British and their Indian allies. This resulted in no territorial change, but did make a resolution to many issues which remained from the American war of Independence. The war was fought at sea, on land, and on the Gulf Coast.
  • Jacksonian Democracy

    Jacksonian Democracy
    The Jacksonian Democracy is the political movement toward greater democracy for white men and was created by Andrew Jackson. This created the Democratic Party. The Second Party System started with Jackson as president! During the Jacksonian Democracy, suffrage was extended to all white male adult citizens.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson. The act let them negotiate with Native Americans in southern US for their removal to the west of the Mississippi River in exchange from their homelands. Their was great pressure on the Native American leaders to sign removal treaties. They did sign the treaty and the law was passed.
  • Texas Annextation

    Texas Annextation
    The United States annexed the Republic of Texas and it became the 28th state of the US.The US inherited Texas's border dispute with Mexico. This led to the Mexican-American Revolutionary War. In the war, the US captured another teritory (Mexican Cession) which made the US borders all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
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    Mexican-American War

    The Mexican-American War was a war between the US and Mexico. This war was for the Texas Annextation and Mexican Cession area. This area was still considered Mexican territory, despite the 1836 Texas Revolution. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo gave the Texas Annextation and Mexican Cession to the US in exchange for $15,000,000. The US was victorious in the war.
  • Mexican Cession

    Mexican Cession
    The Mexican Cession is the historical name for present day southwestern United States that Mexico gave up to the US in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The treaty said nothing about the areas east of the Rio Grande which had been claimed by the Republic. The Texas Annextation resolution two years earlier had not said Texas's southern and western boundries.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    The convention was an early and influencial women's rights convention. This convention took place in Seneca Falls, New York. The meeting took two days, 19 and 20 of July of 1848, and had six sessions. That included lecture on law, a humorous presentation, and many discussions about the role of women in society. They wanted women to have equal rights as males. An example of equality is voting rights.