This is an extract of my article, with small photos. You will find the complete article with full-sized photos in my e-book As American as Apple Pie !
In the travel series View America, this book narrates events and facts that are common to the entire nation.
Man's migration to America, ancient Indian cultures, New France, the French and Indian War, the 13 original Colonies, the Louisiana Purchase, the Civil War, American territorial expansion, the American Flag, American holidays, and the lighter side of... old US Laws!
This e-book is illustrated with more than 70 full-sized photos and maps.
The American territorial expansion of what is at present the United States of America is rather extraordinary! A convenient way to visualize this expansion over 500 years, is with reference dates and historical maps.
1000 (probably) exploration by the Vikings of Golf of St Laurent 1497 (probably) British exploration (John Cabot ) of east coast 1524 French exploration (Giovanni da Verrazzano) of east coast 1542 Spanish exploration of California 1570 Spanish exploration of Virginia 1584 British exploration (Sir Walter Raleigh) 1607 the British build Fort James (later Jamestown)
France claims La Louisiane
British, French, Spanish and uncharted territory 1754 - 1763 the French and Indian War 1763 French cession of all territories east of the Mississippi River
the Thirteen Original Colonies, Indian Territory, and Spanish Territory (French Louisiana had been ceded to Spain)
1775 - 1783 the American Revolution 1783 British cession of East and West Florida to Spain
Organization of states and territories, French and Spanish territory, La Louisiane returned to France
Louisiana Purchase from France
1818 Treaty with Great Britain : acquisition of parts of North Dakota and Minnesota, cession of part of Montana - joint occupation of Oregon Country 1819 Spanish Cession of East end West Florida, and part of Louisiana 1821 Independence of Mexico
the Texas annexation from Mexico 1846 Acquisition of Oregon Country, by treaty with Great Britain
Mexican War - Acquisition of Texas, California, Nevada, Utah, parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming, by Mexican cession
the Gadsden Purchase,
second Mexican Cession,
parts of Arizona and New Mexico
1783 - 1853
1861 - 1865
the Civil War
Free states and slave states
1867 the Alaska Purchase, from Russia 1898 the Hawaii Annexation 1898 Spanish cession, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam 1917 the Virgin Islands Purchase, from Denmark
A splendid and masterly graphic overview of the territorial expansion between 1750 and 2008, made by Esemono !