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*'''1792:''' The United States Military Draft is established ([http://www.constitution.org/mil/mil_act_1792.htm Second Militia Act of 1792]). Every "free able-bodied white male citizen" between the ages of 18 and 45 were [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia_Act_of_1792 conscripted into a local militia companies] to be overseen by the state. [http://www.websters-dictionary-online.org/definition/THE+15TH+STATE Kentucky is the 15th state admitted to the Union]. Kentucky became the first state to be carved from the great western wilderness on June 1, 1792. Never a territory, it was part of Virginia until statehood. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington George Washington] was re-elected president of the United States; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams John Adams] was re-elected Vice President. [http://www.geocities.com/bobarnebeck/history.html A Yellow fever] epidemic occurred. <ref>''A melancholy scene of devastation: the public response to the 1793 Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic'' By J. Worth Estes, Billy G. Smith. Contributor J. Worth EstesfckLREdition: illustrated. Published by The Library Company of Phil, 1997. ISBN 088135192X, 9780881351927 211 pages. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36170565 Worldcat] Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=MRfIwih28gIC Google Books.] </ref>Thought to be brought into the ports of the United states from the [http://www.bukisa.com/articles/41886_the-yellow-fever-occuring-in-american-theatre-in-the-late-1700s West Indies], this was one of the most dreaded diseases at that time. Many died unattended in homes while those with financial means fled the cities. [http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/yellowfever.htm Philadelphia] was particularly hard hit.
 
*'''1792:''' The United States Military Draft is established ([http://www.constitution.org/mil/mil_act_1792.htm Second Militia Act of 1792]). Every "free able-bodied white male citizen" between the ages of 18 and 45 were [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia_Act_of_1792 conscripted into a local militia companies] to be overseen by the state. [http://www.websters-dictionary-online.org/definition/THE+15TH+STATE Kentucky is the 15th state admitted to the Union]. Kentucky became the first state to be carved from the great western wilderness on June 1, 1792. Never a territory, it was part of Virginia until statehood. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington George Washington] was re-elected president of the United States; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams John Adams] was re-elected Vice President. [http://www.geocities.com/bobarnebeck/history.html A Yellow fever] epidemic occurred. <ref>''A melancholy scene of devastation: the public response to the 1793 Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic'' By J. Worth Estes, Billy G. Smith. Contributor J. Worth EstesfckLREdition: illustrated. Published by The Library Company of Phil, 1997. ISBN 088135192X, 9780881351927 211 pages. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36170565 Worldcat] Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=MRfIwih28gIC Google Books.] </ref>Thought to be brought into the ports of the United states from the [http://www.bukisa.com/articles/41886_the-yellow-fever-occuring-in-american-theatre-in-the-late-1700s West Indies], this was one of the most dreaded diseases at that time. Many died unattended in homes while those with financial means fled the cities. [http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/yellowfever.htm Philadelphia] was particularly hard hit.
  
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*'''1793:''' February 12; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_slave_laws Fugitive Slave Act passed]; this had a devastating effect on the lives of twenty percent of the American population that was of African descent, giving rise to the [http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/ Underground Railroad]. <ref>''The Underground Railroad From Slavery to Freedom'' By Wilbur Henry Siebert, Albert Bushnell Hart. Edition: 2. Published by Macmillan, 1898. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Jun 25, 2007. 478 pages, Indexed. Full text at [http://books.google.com/books?id=cms4AAAAMAAJ Google Books]. </ref><ref>Mitchell, William M.; ''The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom'' Edition: 2. Published by W. Tweedie, 1860. Original from Harvard University. Digitized Aug 4, 2006. 191 pages. Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=iSL60qzv974C Google Books] </ref>March 4; George Washington is sworn in as President for a 2nd term with John Adams as Vice President. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_Whitney Eli Whitney] invents the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_gin cotton gin].
 
*'''1793:''' February 12; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_slave_laws Fugitive Slave Act passed]; this had a devastating effect on the lives of twenty percent of the American population that was of African descent, giving rise to the [http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/ Underground Railroad]. <ref>''The Underground Railroad From Slavery to Freedom'' By Wilbur Henry Siebert, Albert Bushnell Hart. Edition: 2. Published by Macmillan, 1898. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Jun 25, 2007. 478 pages, Indexed. Full text at [http://books.google.com/books?id=cms4AAAAMAAJ Google Books]. </ref><ref>Mitchell, William M.; ''The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom'' Edition: 2. Published by W. Tweedie, 1860. Original from Harvard University. Digitized Aug 4, 2006. 191 pages. Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=iSL60qzv974C Google Books] </ref>March 4; George Washington is sworn in as President for a 2nd term with John Adams as Vice President. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli_Whitney Eli Whitney] invents the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_gin cotton gin].
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*'''1802:''' Congress passed the Trade and Intercourse Act, this act directed the army to serve as a "police force" separating Indian and white communities in the expanding regions.
 
*'''1802:''' Congress passed the Trade and Intercourse Act, this act directed the army to serve as a "police force" separating Indian and white communities in the expanding regions.
  
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*'''1803:''' [http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/time_period.php?rec=2 Ohio is the 17th state admitted to the Union]. Ohio became the first state west of the Alleghenies on March 1, 1803 and was part of the [http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=772 Northwest Territory] until statehood. The United States purchases the [http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/cabildo/cab4.htm Louisiana Territory for $15 million], containing what is now Arkansas, part of Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, part of Minnesota, Missouri, part of Montana, part of North Dakota, part of Oklahoma, South Dakota, and part of Wyoming.<ref> James Alexander Robertson, Paul Alliot; ''Louisiana Under the Rule of Spain, France, and the United States, 1785-1807: Social, Economic, and Political Conditions of the Territory Represented in the Louisiana Purchase''. Published by The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1911. Item notes: v. 2. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1540781 Worldcat] Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=iBQOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] </ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Hundred_Years%27_War The War between France and England] interrupted trade and emigration from Europe. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_Vessels_Act_(disambiguation) The British Passenger Vessels Act] limited the numbers of Irish emigrant ships.
 
*'''1803:''' [http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/time_period.php?rec=2 Ohio is the 17th state admitted to the Union]. Ohio became the first state west of the Alleghenies on March 1, 1803 and was part of the [http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=772 Northwest Territory] until statehood. The United States purchases the [http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/cabildo/cab4.htm Louisiana Territory for $15 million], containing what is now Arkansas, part of Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, part of Minnesota, Missouri, part of Montana, part of North Dakota, part of Oklahoma, South Dakota, and part of Wyoming.<ref> James Alexander Robertson, Paul Alliot; ''Louisiana Under the Rule of Spain, France, and the United States, 1785-1807: Social, Economic, and Political Conditions of the Territory Represented in the Louisiana Purchase''. Published by The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1911. Item notes: v. 2. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1540781 Worldcat] Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=iBQOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] </ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Hundred_Years%27_War The War between France and England] interrupted trade and emigration from Europe. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_Vessels_Act_(disambiguation) The British Passenger Vessels Act] limited the numbers of Irish emigrant ships.
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*'''1813:''' James Madison is sworn in as President for a 2nd term with Elbridge Gerry as the Vice President.
 
*'''1813:''' James Madison is sworn in as President for a 2nd term with Elbridge Gerry as the Vice President.
  
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*'''1814:''' The British set fire to Washington, D.C. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner The "Star-Spangled Banner"] <ref>''Francis Scott Key: author of the Star spangled banner; what else he was and who''. By Francis Scott Key-SmithfckLRPublished by Key-Smith and company, 1911. 104 pages. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1544641 Worldcat]. Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=ExkOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] </ref>becomes the official national Anthem. The United States and Britain sign the [http://www.brocku.ca/iasc/niagara1812/t1/willbepage.php?link=HomePage Treaty of Ghent], ending the War of 1812.
 
*'''1814:''' The British set fire to Washington, D.C. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner The "Star-Spangled Banner"] <ref>''Francis Scott Key: author of the Star spangled banner; what else he was and who''. By Francis Scott Key-SmithfckLRPublished by Key-Smith and company, 1911. 104 pages. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1544641 Worldcat]. Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=ExkOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] </ref>becomes the official national Anthem. The United States and Britain sign the [http://www.brocku.ca/iasc/niagara1812/t1/willbepage.php?link=HomePage Treaty of Ghent], ending the War of 1812.
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*'''1819:''' The United States annexes Florida. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_of_1819 Panic of 1819] caused desperate people to live in Tent Cities. The Arkansas Territory is organized. [http://www.alabamamoments.alabama.gov/sec05qs.html Alabama is the 22nd state admitted to the Union.] In January 1861, Alabama seceded from the Union, and on February 4, delegates from six states met at Montgomery and formed the Confederate States of America, with Montgomery as the capital. After the Civil War, Alabama re-entered the Union. [http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/1819_20index.htm Passenger lists] are kept for Steamboat travel. <ref>Filby, P. William, ed.'' Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of ... Passengers who Came to the United States and Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries.'' Published by Gale Research Co., 1980. Item notes: v. 2. Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Digitized Jun 10, 2008. 324 pages. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6378697 Worldcat.] This series is a finding aid to published passenger lists. Be sure to read the "front material" to understand how to use the information you find. </ref>
 
*'''1819:''' The United States annexes Florida. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_of_1819 Panic of 1819] caused desperate people to live in Tent Cities. The Arkansas Territory is organized. [http://www.alabamamoments.alabama.gov/sec05qs.html Alabama is the 22nd state admitted to the Union.] In January 1861, Alabama seceded from the Union, and on February 4, delegates from six states met at Montgomery and formed the Confederate States of America, with Montgomery as the capital. After the Civil War, Alabama re-entered the Union. [http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/1819_20index.htm Passenger lists] are kept for Steamboat travel. <ref>Filby, P. William, ed.'' Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of ... Passengers who Came to the United States and Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries.'' Published by Gale Research Co., 1980. Item notes: v. 2. Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Digitized Jun 10, 2008. 324 pages. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6378697 Worldcat.] This series is a finding aid to published passenger lists. Be sure to read the "front material" to understand how to use the information you find. </ref>
  
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*'''1820:''' The U.S. population is about 9.6 million. About 151,000 new immigrants arrive in 1820 alone. [http://www.mainehistory.info/ Maine is the 23rd state admitted to the Union.] Its admission to the Union balanced the simultaneous admission of Missouri as a slave state. What is now the state of Maine was, before statehood, called the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Maine District of Maine] and belonged to Massachusetts. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_Compromise The Missouri Compromise] was an agreement between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions passed in the United States Congress concerning Western Territories.
 
*'''1820:''' The U.S. population is about 9.6 million. About 151,000 new immigrants arrive in 1820 alone. [http://www.mainehistory.info/ Maine is the 23rd state admitted to the Union.] Its admission to the Union balanced the simultaneous admission of Missouri as a slave state. What is now the state of Maine was, before statehood, called the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Maine District of Maine] and belonged to Massachusetts. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_Compromise The Missouri Compromise] was an agreement between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions passed in the United States Congress concerning Western Territories.
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*'''1830:''' Polish revolution spurred refuge to the U.S.; [http://www.istrianet.org/istria/history/1800-present/immigration/ellis-chrono.htm Congress allotted thirty-six sections of public land in Illinois] to Polish refugees. <ref>[http://www.archive.org/stream/settlementofilli00pool/settlementofilli00pool_djvu.txt ''The settlement of Illinois from 1830 to 1850 (1908)''] Pooley, William Vipond. </ref>
 
*'''1830:''' Polish revolution spurred refuge to the U.S.; [http://www.istrianet.org/istria/history/1800-present/immigration/ellis-chrono.htm Congress allotted thirty-six sections of public land in Illinois] to Polish refugees. <ref>[http://www.archive.org/stream/settlementofilli00pool/settlementofilli00pool_djvu.txt ''The settlement of Illinois from 1830 to 1850 (1908)''] Pooley, William Vipond. </ref>
*'''1833:''' Andrew Jackson is sworn in as President for a 2nd term with Martin van Buren asVice President.
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*'''1833:''' Andrew Jackson is sworn in as President for a 2nd term with Martin van Buren as Vice President.
  
 
*'''1834:'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Territory The Indian Territory] is established in what is now Oklahoma.
 
*'''1834:'''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Territory The Indian Territory] is established in what is now Oklahoma.
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*'''1845:''' The term [http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/md_manifest_destiny.html Manifest Destiny] was a phrase coined by American newspaper editor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_L._O%27Sullivan John O'Sullivan]. O'sullivan was writing about the proposed annexation of Texas and stated that it was America's “manifest destiny to overspread the continent.” The idea suggested that through expansion from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, the United States could become a recognized political and social superpower. America had, in fact, O'Sullivan argued, been uniquely chosen for the task of expanding Westward, driving out the wilderness and establishing civilization. <ref>[http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-manifest-destiny.htm What is Manifest Destiny?]</ref> [http://www.drbronsontours.com/bronsonhistorypageamericanstaugustinestatehood.html Florida is the 27th state] admitted to the Union, and a move delayed by the reluctance of Congress to admit another slave state, and it joined the Confederacy on January 10, 1861, re-entering the Union at war's end. James Polk is sworn in as the 11th President of the United States with George Dallas as Vice President. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Texas Texas was an independent republic] before statehood and was the [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/treasures/earlystate/index.html 28th state admitted to the Union].
 
*'''1845:''' The term [http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/md_manifest_destiny.html Manifest Destiny] was a phrase coined by American newspaper editor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_L._O%27Sullivan John O'Sullivan]. O'sullivan was writing about the proposed annexation of Texas and stated that it was America's “manifest destiny to overspread the continent.” The idea suggested that through expansion from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, the United States could become a recognized political and social superpower. America had, in fact, O'Sullivan argued, been uniquely chosen for the task of expanding Westward, driving out the wilderness and establishing civilization. <ref>[http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-manifest-destiny.htm What is Manifest Destiny?]</ref> [http://www.drbronsontours.com/bronsonhistorypageamericanstaugustinestatehood.html Florida is the 27th state] admitted to the Union, and a move delayed by the reluctance of Congress to admit another slave state, and it joined the Confederacy on January 10, 1861, re-entering the Union at war's end. James Polk is sworn in as the 11th President of the United States with George Dallas as Vice President. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Texas Texas was an independent republic] before statehood and was the [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/treasures/earlystate/index.html 28th state admitted to the Union].
  
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*'''1846:''' Brigham Young, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's governing body, begins the largest, most successful [http://www.americanwest.com/trails/pages/mormtrl.htm mass exodus in American History]. The Mexican War begins with the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Palo_Alto Battle of Palo Alto]. For more information about the The Mexican War and its battles see the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|The Mexican War]] Page along with individual State Military Pages. Irish of all classes emigrate to the United States as a result of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Irish_Famine potato famine]. <ref>Kinealy, Christine; ''This great calamity: the Irish famine, 1845-52''.fckLR Edition: illustrated. Published by Gill &amp;amp;amp;amp; Macmillan, 1994. Original from the University of California. Digitized Sep 4, 2008. 450 pages. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/31890907 Worldcat] Snippet view available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=qzy5AAAAIAAJ&amp;amp;amp;amp;q=This+Great+Calamity+The+Irish+Famine+1845-52&amp;amp;amp;amp;dq=This+Great+Calamity+The+Irish+Famine+1845-52&amp;amp;amp;amp;lr=&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_drrb_is=q&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_minm_is=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_miny_is=&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_maxm_is=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_maxy_is=&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_brr=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_pt=ALLTYPES&amp;amp;amp;amp;ei=tWrZSb2VHYSkkASfvaTxBw&amp;amp;amp;amp;client=firefox-a&amp;amp;amp;amp;pgis=1 Google Books]</ref> Many Irish came to the United States by [http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/coffin.htm way of Canada]. [http://www.lone-star.net/mall/texasinfo/mexicow.htm The United States declares war on Mexico]. The United States annexes what is now Arizona and New Mexico. [http://www.iptv.org/iowapathways/artifact_detail.cfm?aid=a_000633&oid=ob_000124 Iowa is the 29th state admitted to the Union] becoming the first free state in the old Louisiana Territory.
 
*'''1846:''' Brigham Young, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's governing body, begins the largest, most successful [http://www.americanwest.com/trails/pages/mormtrl.htm mass exodus in American History]. The Mexican War begins with the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Palo_Alto Battle of Palo Alto]. For more information about the The Mexican War and its battles see the [[Mexican War, 1846 to 1848|The Mexican War]] Page along with individual State Military Pages. Irish of all classes emigrate to the United States as a result of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Irish_Famine potato famine]. <ref>Kinealy, Christine; ''This great calamity: the Irish famine, 1845-52''.fckLR Edition: illustrated. Published by Gill &amp;amp;amp;amp; Macmillan, 1994. Original from the University of California. Digitized Sep 4, 2008. 450 pages. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/31890907 Worldcat] Snippet view available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=qzy5AAAAIAAJ&amp;amp;amp;amp;q=This+Great+Calamity+The+Irish+Famine+1845-52&amp;amp;amp;amp;dq=This+Great+Calamity+The+Irish+Famine+1845-52&amp;amp;amp;amp;lr=&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_drrb_is=q&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_minm_is=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_miny_is=&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_maxm_is=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_maxy_is=&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_brr=0&amp;amp;amp;amp;as_pt=ALLTYPES&amp;amp;amp;amp;ei=tWrZSb2VHYSkkASfvaTxBw&amp;amp;amp;amp;client=firefox-a&amp;amp;amp;amp;pgis=1 Google Books]</ref> Many Irish came to the United States by [http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/coffin.htm way of Canada]. [http://www.lone-star.net/mall/texasinfo/mexicow.htm The United States declares war on Mexico]. The United States annexes what is now Arizona and New Mexico. [http://www.iptv.org/iowapathways/artifact_detail.cfm?aid=a_000633&oid=ob_000124 Iowa is the 29th state admitted to the Union] becoming the first free state in the old Louisiana Territory.
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*'''1847:''' [http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=5345 American forces take Mexico City.]
 
*'''1847:''' [http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=5345 American forces take Mexico City.]
  
*'''1848:''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_gold_rush The California gold rush] results in Chinese and Latin American immigrants coming to the west coast. The [[China Emigration and Immigration|China Emigration and Immigration]] page explains in more detail the impact the [http://www.sfmuseum.net/hist6/chinhate.html Chinese] had with this part of the Nation's growth. Mexico and the United States sign the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Guadalupe_Hidalgo treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo], ending the Mexican-American War. [[Image:Gold seeking river operations California.jpg|thumb|right|800px]] The United States gains what is now California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming as a result of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Guadalupe_Hidalgo Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo]. German political refugees emigrate following the failure of a revolution. [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/tp%2D015/ Wisconsin is the 30th state admitted to the Union] <ref>''1999-2000 Wisconsin Blue Book'' (published by the State of Wisconsin), on May 29, 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state in the Union." (p. 630)</ref> The United States annexes the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Territory Oregon Territory] containing what is now Idaho, part of Montana, Oregon, Washington, part of Wyoming.
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*'''1848:''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_gold_rush The California gold rush] results in Chinese and Latin American immigrants coming to the west coast. The [[China Emigration and Immigration|China Emigration and Immigration]] page explains in more detail the impact the [http://www.sfmuseum.net/hist6/chinhate.html Chinese] had with this part of the Nation's growth. Mexico and the United States sign the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Guadalupe_Hidalgo treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo], ending the Mexican-American War. The United States gains what is now California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming as a result of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Guadalupe_Hidalgo Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo]. German political refugees emigrate following the failure of a revolution. [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/tp%2D015/ Wisconsin is the 30th state admitted to the Union] <ref>''1999-2000 Wisconsin Blue Book'' (published by the State of Wisconsin), on May 29, 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state in the Union." (p. 630)</ref> The United States annexes the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Territory Oregon Territory] containing what is now Idaho, part of Montana, Oregon, Washington, part of Wyoming.
  
 
*'''1849:''' [http://www.mnterritorialpioneers.org/info/hist/terrhist.htm The Minnesota Territory is organized.] Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 12th Vice President of the United States. Zachary Taylor is sworn in as the 12th President of the United States. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Tubman Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery] on the "Underground Railroad".
 
*'''1849:''' [http://www.mnterritorialpioneers.org/info/hist/terrhist.htm The Minnesota Territory is organized.] Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 12th Vice President of the United States. Zachary Taylor is sworn in as the 12th President of the United States. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Tubman Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery] on the "Underground Railroad".

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Follow your ancestor as they lived the "New Nation's" history

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It all started with Thirteen Colonies [1] uniting in their quest for freedom from British Rule. The Revolutionary War was fought, the Declaration of Independence signed and the official separation from Great Britain was acknowledged with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. This established American control over the territory between the Appalachians Mountains and the Mississippi River. Then a great expansion began. Veterans of the Revolutionary War pursued land in the Ohio Country. Northwest Territory provided land west of the Ohio River. The Louisiana Purchase was completed in 1803 opening the land to the Rocky Mountains and the new country grew. Zanes Trace, The National Road, Oregon Trail, Conestoga wagons, and handcarts all helped with the expansion. Many more territories were opened, roads were made and modes of transportation employed to move people into the frontier. States began getting admitted to the Union as battles were won, treaties were signed and more area was claimed. With the fervor of Manifest Destiny, a movement to the west ensued.[2]

Timeline

  • 1791: Vermont is the 14th state admitted to the Union. Vermont became the first state added to the Union following the 13 colonies on March 1, 1791. Until statehood, had been a region claimed by both New York and New Hampshire.
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  • 1801: Thomas Jefferson is sworn in as the 3rd President of the United States with Aaron Burr as the Vice President.
  • 1802: Children of naturalized citizens were considered to be citizens as per Act of 1795.
  • 1802: Congress passed the Trade and Intercourse Act, this act directed the army to serve as a "police force" separating Indian and white communities in the expanding regions.
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  • 1804: Louis & Clark begin their expedition of the Louisiana Territory.
  • 1810: The United States annexes what is now part of Alabama, part of Louisiana, and part of Mississippi.
  • 1813: James Madison is sworn in as President for a 2nd term with Elbridge Gerry as the Vice President.
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  • 1819: The United States annexes Florida. The Panic of 1819 caused desperate people to live in Tent Cities. The Arkansas Territory is organized. Alabama is the 22nd state admitted to the Union. In January 1861, Alabama seceded from the Union, and on February 4, delegates from six states met at Montgomery and formed the Confederate States of America, with Montgomery as the capital. After the Civil War, Alabama re-entered the Union. Passenger lists are kept for Steamboat travel. [12]
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  • 1820: The U.S. population is about 9.6 million. About 151,000 new immigrants arrive in 1820 alone. Maine is the 23rd state admitted to the Union. Its admission to the Union balanced the simultaneous admission of Missouri as a slave state. What is now the state of Maine was, before statehood, called the District of Maine and belonged to Massachusetts. The Missouri Compromise was an agreement between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions passed in the United States Congress concerning Western Territories.
  • 1821: James Monroe is sworn in as President for a 2nd term with Daniel Tompkins as Vice President. Missouri is the 24th state admitted to the Union. Missouri was admitted as a slave state on August 10, 1821, after an agreement known as the Missouri Compromise in which Maine was admitted as a free state. The state was much smaller than the territory. The area to the west and northwest of the state, which had been in the territory, was commonly known as the "Missouri Country" until May 30, 1854, and certain of the post offices in this area show a Missouri abbreviation in the postmark.
  • 1825: John Quincy Adams is sworn in as the 6th President of the United States with John Calhoun as Vice President. The Erie Canal is finished providing transportation for travelers and cargo.
  • 1829: Andrew Jackson is sworn in as the 7th President of the United States with John Calhoun as Vice President.
  • 1836:The Wisconsin Territory is organized. Arkansas is the 25th state admitted to the Union despite opposition in Congress to a new slave state. Arkansas Governor Henry M. Rector seized Fort Smith and Arkansas joined the Confederacy in 1861 re-entering the Union at War's end. The territory of Arkansas was larger than the state. After statehood the leftover area to the west had post offices that continued for some years to use an Arkansas abbreviation in the postmarks, although they were really in the "Indian Country."
  • 1841: William Harrison is sworn in as the 9th President of the United States with John Tyler as Vice President. John Tyler is sworn in as the 10th President of the United States.
  • 1844: The United States annexes what are now parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas as a result of the Adams-Onis Treaty with Spain.
  • 1845: The term Manifest Destiny was a phrase coined by American newspaper editor John O'Sullivan. O'sullivan was writing about the proposed annexation of Texas and stated that it was America's “manifest destiny to overspread the continent.” The idea suggested that through expansion from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, the United States could become a recognized political and social superpower. America had, in fact, O'Sullivan argued, been uniquely chosen for the task of expanding Westward, driving out the wilderness and establishing civilization. [14] Florida is the 27th state admitted to the Union, and a move delayed by the reluctance of Congress to admit another slave state, and it joined the Confederacy on January 10, 1861, re-entering the Union at war's end. James Polk is sworn in as the 11th President of the United States with George Dallas as Vice President. Texas was an independent republic before statehood and was the 28th state admitted to the Union.
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  • 1846-1847: Crop failures in Europe. Mortgage foreclosures send tens of thousands of the dispossessed go to the United States.
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  • 1851: The Erie Railroad opens in New York; at 483 miles, it is the longest railroad line in the world. [17]
  • 1854: The United States purchases (The Gadsden Purchase) what is now part of Arizona and New Mexico.
  • 1856: The first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River is opened, linking Rock Island, Illinois, with Davenport, Iowa.
  • 1857: James Buchanan is sworn in as the 15th President of the United States with John Breckinridge as Vice President.

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