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It all started with Thirteen Colonies 
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1803: 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 Northwest Territory until statehood. The United States purchases the 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.The War between France and England interrupted trade and emigration from Europe. The British Passenger Vessels Act limited the numbers of Irish emigrant ships.
- 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.
- 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. 
- 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.  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.
- 1846-1847: Crop failures in Europe. Mortgage foreclosures send tens of thousands of the dispossessed go to the United States.
- 1848: The California gold rush results in Chinese and Latin American immigrants coming to the west coast. The China Emigration and Immigration page explains in more detail the impact the Chinese had with this part of the Nation's growth. Mexico and the United States sign the 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 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. German political refugees emigrate following the failure of a revolution. Wisconsin is the 30th state admitted to the Union  The United States annexes the Oregon Territory containing what is now Idaho, part of Montana, Oregon, Washington, part of Wyoming.
- 1850: The Kansas Territory, Nebraska Territory,and The Utah Territory are organized. Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 13th President of the United States. California is the 31st state admitted to the Union. Congress hesitated to welcome a new free state, but because of its booming population and the discovery of gold California was admitted. Ceded by Mexico by the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, concluded Feb. 2, 1848, and proclaimed July 4, 1848. From then until statehood, California had a military government until Dec. 20, 1849, and then a local civil government. California never had a territorial form of government. The Fugitive Slave Act is passed by Congress requiring the return of escaped slaves.
- 1851: The Erie Railroad opens in New York; at 483 miles, it is the longest railroad line in the world. 
- 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.
- ↑ Thirteen Colonies -Wikipedia
- ↑ An Outline of United States History, for Use in the General Course in United States History, Yale College: By Ralph Henry Gabriel, Dumas Malone, Frederick Johnson Manning, Theodore L. Glasgow. Memorial Publication Fund. Published by Yale university press, 1921. Original from Harvard University. Digitized Jun 19, 2008. 68 pages. page 32. Full text available at Google Books Worldcat
- ↑ White, George Savage; Memoir of Samuel Slater: the father of American manufactures Edition: 2. Published by s.n., 1836 Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized Jul 13, 2007. 448 pages. Full text available at Google Books
- ↑ 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 Estes Edition: illustrated. Published by The Library Company of Phil, 1997. ISBN 088135192X, 9780881351927 211 pages. Worldcat Full text available at Google Books.
- ↑ 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 Google Books.
- ↑ 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 Google Books
- ↑ 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. Worldcat Full text available at Google Books
- ↑ Robert Fulton –Wikipedia
- ↑ Forgotten Step toward Freedom
- ↑ National Road
- ↑ Francis Scott Key: author of the Star spangled banner; what else he was and who. By Francis Scott Key-Smith Published by Key-Smith and company, 1911. 104 pages. Worldcat. Full text available at Google Books
- ↑ 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. 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.
- ↑ The settlement of Illinois from 1830 to 1850 (1908) Pooley, William Vipond.
- ↑ What is Manifest Destiny?
- ↑ Kinealy, Christine; This great calamity: the Irish famine, 1845-52. Edition: illustrated. Published by Gill and Macmillan, 1994. Original from the University of California. Digitized Sep 4, 2008. 450 pages. Worldcat Snippet view available at Google Books
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ "1850-1877: Science and Medicine: Chronology." American Eras. Gale Research Inc. 1997. Encyclopedia.com. 9 Apr. 2009 http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2536601486.html.
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