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Adams-Onís Treaty

Adams-Onís Treaty  

An agreement made between the United States and Spain in 1819, in which Spain ceded Florida to the United States and relinquished its claims to Oregon, and the United States ...
Arkansas

Arkansas  

In the mid-sixteenth century, Spaniard Hernando de Soto became one of the first European explorers to visit the territory of what is now Arkansas. After being named governor of Cuba ...
Black Hawk War

Black Hawk War  

(1832)A war against the Sauk and Fox Native Americans. Between the Louisiana Purchase and the 1830s, there was steady pressure from White settlers to remove the remaining Native Americans east of the ...
Colorado

Colorado  

In 2000, Colorado had a population of 4,301,261, of whom 17.1 percent, or 735,601, were Hispanic. Between 1990 and 2002 the Hispanic population grew by 73 percent. The 2000 census ...
Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone  

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(c. 1734–1820)US pioneer. Moving west from his native Pennsylvania, Boone made trips into the unexplored area of Kentucky from 1767 onwards, organizing settlements and successfully defending them ...
Expansionism

Expansionism  

Expansionism—the desire of nations and empires to annex lands, peoples, or resources belonging to others—is a peculiar characteristic of a world order where boundaries are subject to the ambitions of ...
Hispanic Americans

Hispanic Americans  

A word used to describe persons resident in the United States whose ethnic origin includes Spanish-speaking (or Portuguese-speaking) ancestors who entered the United States from Latin America.
Iowa

Iowa  

If Hernando de Soto had traveled farther up the Mississippi River in 1541 on his way to find New Spain and had established new commerce, he might actually have traveled ...
James Monroe

James Monroe  

(1758–1831)US Democratic Republican statesman, 5th President of the USA (1817–25). In 1803, while minister to France under President Jefferson, he negotiated and ratified the Louisiana Purchase, by ...
Kansas

Kansas  

Kansas, with an area of 82,282 square miles, stretches westward from the Missouri River across the Great Plains. It covers a route that used to be the main trail for trade between the United States ...
Kansas-Nebraska Act

Kansas-Nebraska Act  

(1854)An Act of the US Congress concerning slavery. Following the Mexican–American War, the Compromise of 1850 had allowed squatters in New Mexico and Utah to decide by referendum whether they would ...
Land Policy, Federal.

Land Policy, Federal.  

In a country where private property is a sacred ideal, the federal government has, ironically, always been the nation's largest landowner. Following the lead of European imperialism, the United ...
Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition  

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(1804–06)The most important transcontinental journey in US history. The expedition was commissioned by President Jefferson to explore the vast area acquired as a result of the Louisiana Purchase. ...
Louisiana

Louisiana  

Louisiana has been governed under ten different flags, beginning in 1541 with Hernando de Soto's claim of the greater region for Spain. The French explorer Sieur de La Salle was ...
Minnesota

Minnesota  

As of the 2000 U.S. census, 143,382 Latinas and Latinos lived in Minnesota; a majority of them were Mexican Americans or Chicanos and Chicanas, followed by Puerto Ricans and Cuban ...
Mississippi River

Mississippi River  

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Principal river of the U.S., drains the great central basin between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Having its source in northern Minnesota, and flowing through the center of the Prairie and ...
Missouri

Missouri  

According to the 2000 census Latinos and Latinas comprised about 2 percent (118,592) of Missouri's population, but their rate of growth (92 percent) far outpaced that of Caucasians and African ...
Missouri Compromise

Missouri Compromise  

An arrangement made in 1820 which provided that Missouri should be admitted to the Union as a slave state, but that slavery should not be allowed in any new state lying north of 36° 30′.
Montana

Montana  

Montana is widely recognized as a state rich in natural beauty and is perhaps best known for its wide-open spaces. It is home to Glacier National Park and provides access ...
Nebraska

Nebraska  

The arrival of African Americans in Nebraska began as early as the 1500s when Spanish explorers brought with them black slaves who worked as translators. However, it was not until ...

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