The USA 1837 CE

The land area of the USA has been vastly extended by the Louisiana Purchase.

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What is happening in The USA in 1837CE

The dominating theme of these years has been the westward expansion of the USA, aided by the acquisition from France of vast new lands in the “Louisiana Purchase” of 1804 and the strong, steady migration of settlers into these regions. Land hunger from whites has led to the Federal Government starting to remove Native American peoples to west of the Mississippi (from 1830).

This period has also seen the early stages of industrialization, and a transportation revolution with the construction of thousands of miles of turnpikes, canals and railroads. Most notably, the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 makes a massive contribution to opening up the interior.

The southern states have developed a distinctive economic and social structure, based on the institution of black slavery and the growing of cotton on large plantations. This is causing rising tensions with the much more egalitarian, non-slave states in the north.

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