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Although native Americans lived on the continent for thousands of years, the Spanish were the first Europeans to found a permanent settlement; at Saint Augustine, Florida, in 1565.

The Forming of The United States



The British made their presence felt in 1607, setting up camp at Jamestown, Virginia.


In 1763 they gained control of the eastern part of North America after the Seven Years' Wars; collectively known as the French and Indian wars.

Discontent grew in the 1770's, and Boston became the focus of this anti-British sentiment. The American War of Independence began nearby in 1775.

The Declaration of Independence was made in Philadelphia in 1776, but would not be recognised by the British until 1783; two years after they were heavily defeated at the Battle of Yorktown.

The Constitution was written in 1787, and ratified by all 13 states in 1790.


President Thomas Jefferson acquired Louisiana from France in 1803, and the United States almost doubled in size.

In 1812, Britain and the United States were at it again, but the two heavyweights concluded nothing.

After the Mexican War, in 1848, and the acquisition of Oregon in 1846, the territory of the United States stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The Confederate States were formed in early 1861, when some of the Southern slave states seceded. This brought about the start of the American Civil War, in April of that year.

Four years later (1865), the Confederacy surrendered, and slavery was abolished. With so much killing going on, was it any wonder that President Abraham Lincoln would be assassinated too.

Big bucks were flying around and America purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, for $7.2 million in gold.

For the next twenty years, the Americans sought out the Indians and corralled them into reservations.

On winning the Spanish-American War in 1898, the United States gained territories in the Caribbean and the Pacific.


After the completion of the Panama canal, in 1914, America spent most of the Twentieth Century getting involved in other people's territorial conflicts.


America's first black President gave the oath on 20th January; the day after the holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King.


Independence Day USA:
On November 8th, 2016 the American people went to the polls and voted for change; ditching the political elite, for a self-made billionaire who promised to make America great again.

Americana Links

African American Heritage
African American Heritage sites in the Golden Crescent.

American Civil War
Index of Civil War information available on the Internet.

Camping America
The Go Camping America Directory provides a listing of the parks belonging to ARVC, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. Pick a state or two.

Maps On Us
Plan out your route across the United States.

Music Festivals
Search for a music festival in North America.

National Anthem of America.

National Historic Landmarks
Search by state for National Historical Landmarks to visit.

Natural History Museum
Forty exhibition-halls with artefacts and specimens from all over the World.

Pony Express:
Ranked among the most remarkable feats to come out of the 1860 American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, Missouri, and San Francisco, California.

Scenic Byways:
The U.S. Department of Transportation recognises National Scenic Byways for their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic qualities.

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