Over the 25 years following the opening of the Oregon Trail, more than half a million settlers migrated along this road. There were already some settlers in Texas at the time of the Mexican War, but victory convinced even more settlers to go there. The Homestead Act of 1862 offered 160 acres to settlers for free (under certain conditions), and this was later increased, until eventually 640 acres were offered.
This is a well-known photo from the Vietnam War, children fleeing from a village bombed with napalm. [Note that some points on this slide are covered by the photo, but are visible when the slideshow is actually played].
About as many Americans died in the Korean War as the Vietnam War, but Vietnam is better remembered. Some have called the Korean War the “ forgotten war ” .
By 1837, new states have been created around the Mississippi.
By 1850, Oregon and California become states. 1843: One thousand people travel to Oregon 1848: USA wins Texas in the Mexican War 1849: California gold rush 1862: A new law gives free land to settlers
By 1912, all states except Alaska and Hawaii have been created.