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A Brief History of the United States

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Transcript of A Brief History of the United States

VIRGINIA
JAMESTOWN 1607

>Indentured servants- came for work and wealth

> Jamestown, colonists settled along Atlantic coast

ENGLISH
SETTLEMENT: EARLY
1600'S

Spain wanted Gold
France wanted Fur Trade
Brought disease- Smallpox, measles, killed Natives
EUROPEANS ARRIVE
The First Americans
How has history
shaped the U.S.'s
geography?
A Brief History of the United States
History of the United States.
Source: Pearson Education

French and Indian War 1754
Britain and France went
to war over North American land

Boycotting, British thought colonists should pay taxes

No one represented the colonists in Parliament, “No taxation without representation!”

Revolutionary War - 1775

BREAK WITH BRITAIN
GROWTH & CONFLICT IN U.S.
1803: LOUISIANA PURCHASE! FROM FRANCE: $15 MIL.
1804- Lewis and Clark

8,000 miles of uncharted territory, Jefferson sent them
new plants, animals, LAND!
Interaction with Native Americans

Truly changed our viewpoint of geography in the United States
INDIAN REMOVAL
ACT 1830
Andrew Jackson becomes president, sides with farmers:
--Native Americans to leave homelands
Oklahoma- “Trail of Tears”- Many Indians died on journey
removal included members of the Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations,
Manifest Destiny
“Heading West!”
Oregon Trail
Why West?!
Industrial Revolution:
→ making products by machine rather than by hand

Immigrants
coming to America
CIVIL WAR 1861
1865-1914
Moving to the Midwest!
Leaving poverty behind
Homestead Act 1862*
free land to settlers
Railroads-connecting east and west
ALASKA
FROM RUSSIA
1867
1888- Won Spanish American War
gained Guam, Puerto Rico, Philippines,
Hawaii
1900s
Lewis and Clark
Sacagewea
York, African American that helped Lewis and Clark, had rights
"The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830, authorizing the president to grant unsettled lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for Indian lands within existing state borders. A few tribes went peacefully, but many resisted the relocation policy. During the fall and winter of 1838 and 1839, the Cherokees were forcibly moved west by the United States government. Approximately 4,000 Cherokees died on this forced march, which became known as the "Trail of Tears."
-Library of Congress
JOHN O'SULLIVAN coined the term "MANIFEST DESTINY" in 1845












PEOPLE MOVING WEST TO SETTLE NEW LAND
PAINTING: A symbol of Manifest Destiny, replacing darkness with light and ignorance with civilization
Doubled U.S.
By 1900, U.S. becoming
a superpower
-Industrialized
-Trading
"The Homestead Act of 1862 has been called one of the most important pieces of Legislation in the history of the United States. Signed into law in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln after the secession of southern states, this Act turned over vast amounts of the public domain to private citizens. 270 millions acres, or 10% of the area of the United States was claimed and settled under this act."
-nps.org
1. Great Depression (1929-1941)

2. Dust Bowl (1933-1939)

3. After WW2, US becomes superpower
Economy booms!

4. Cold War (1946-1991)
Communist Soviets v. Democratic America
Spread Democracy!
MODERN EVENTS SHAPING GEOGRAPHY OF UNITED STATES
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