North America 1837 CE

The USA has purchased a vast territory from the French.

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What is happening in North America in 1837CE

Expansion

The dominating theme of recent decades has been the westward expansion of the USA, aided by the acquisition of vast new lands (esecially in the Louisiana Purchase of 1804) and the strong, steady westward migration of settlers.

To the north, society in Canada remains anchored to the east, but fur trappers have pushed along the rivers and lakes far into the interior.

Mexico

Mexico, which covers a vast area of the continent, has now become independent from Spain.

The Interior

White settlement in the interior of North America remains very scattered. The Great Plains mostly remain the domain of bison-hunting Native American peoples.

Next map, North America in 1871

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Native Americans of North America

Canada

The United States from its founding to the 19th Century

The Atlantic Slave Trade

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