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The First Americans Timeline
Glaciers begin to recede and many large animal species become extinct.
Plant cultivation begins in central Mexico.
Cultivation of corn begins in the Southwest.
Anasazi culture emerges in the Southwest.
Hernan Cortes completes his conquest of the Aztec empire.
Opechancanough leads assault against English settlers in Virginia, beginning 12 years of warfare.
English settlers defeat Openancanough.
Plains Indians adopt the horse.
Britain defeats France in the French and Indian War.
The U.S. government moves Cherokees in Tennessee to Arkansas.
At the battle of Tippencanoe, William Henry Harrison defeats an Indian alliance led by the Shawnee Prophet Tenskawatawa.
Purchase of Florida.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is established.
Cherokee Phoenix newspaper begins publication.
Congress passes the Indian removal act.
Sauk and Fox Indians unsuccessfully seek to recover territory in Illinois during the Black Hawk war.
Cherokee removed along the trail of tears.
U.S. demands that Plains Indians move into reservation.
Dawes Severalty Act provides individual Indians with up to 160 acres of land. The remaining tribal lands are sold.
Sitting Bull is murdered in a confrontation with Lakota police officers.
Indian Reorganization Act encourages the preservation and recovery of Native Americans’ cultural traditions.
Termination policy with draws federal services from some 60 tribes.
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