North America 1871 CE

The USA almost tore itself apart in civil war.

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What is happening in North America in 1871CE

USA expansion

Over the past decades the USA has continued to acquire vast new territories, taking the nation right to the Pacific. It has been an unstoppable movement against which Mexico has been unable to stand.

In the far north-west of the continent, the USA has purchased Alaska from the Russians (1867).

Growth, and civil war

The geographical expansion of the USA is accompanied by dramatic economic and demographic growth. It has also been punctuated by a terrible Civil War between northern and southern states (1861-65).

Canadian expansion

To the north, Canada has also seen great geographical expansion. It has been evolving a federal political system, and redefining its relationship with the mother-country, Britain.

Next map, North America in 1914

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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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