THE US IS EXPANDING WESTWARD
By Sean Graf
US BUYS LOUISIANA TERRITORY!
With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States purchased approximately 828,000,000 square miles of territory from France, thereby doubling the size of the young republic.
US AND ENGLAND SETTLE NEW TREATY
The treaty was signed on June 15, 1846. The Oregon Treaty set the U.S. and British North American border at the 49th parallel with the exception of Vancouver Island, which was retained in its entirety by the British. Thus giving the state of Oregon new borders
The Transcontinental Railroad is complete!
On may 10th 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. No longer would western-bound travelers need to take the long and dangerous journey by wagon train, and the West would surely lose some of its wild charm with the new connection to the civilized East!
New trail that extends to pacific
A new 2200 mile trail called the Oregon trail had been laid by fur trappers from Missouri to Oregon and will be used by hundreds of thousands of settlers in efforts to expand the great united stated westward to the pacific!