Top 12 Events Between 1789 and 1820

Social Events

Northern states ban slavery

1777 - 1804

Thomas Jefferson kick started slavery bans. First ban in 1777 and last Northern state ban in1804.

Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin


Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in United States during 1793 . It increased the production of cotton.

Lewis and Clark’s expedition

1804 - 1806

Lewis and Clark explored West of the Appalachian Mountains from 1804 to1806 to try to find the nonexistent West Indian Passage.

Fulton develops powerful steam boat engine


Robert Fulton created the first commercially successful steamboat in 1807 on the Erie Canal.

Erie Canal is Built

1807 - October 25, 1825

Benjamin Wright. Erie canal is built. Proposed in 1807, finished in October 25, 1825. Connected upper middle America to upper Eastern America. Was dug by mostly immigrants.

National Road Built to West Virginia

1811 - Present Day

Federal government. Cumberland Road first national highway. Existed: 1811 – present. Cumberland, Maryland - Vandalia, Illinois. National Road provided a connection between the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and a gateway to the West for thousands of settlers.

Missouri Compromise


John Holmes and Thomas Jefferson compromised between pro-slavery and anti-slavery in the United States during 1820.

Political Events

The Whiskey Rebellion

1791 - 1794

Farmers protested against unfair taxes on homemade whiskey primarily in Western Pennsylvania during 1791-1794. Taxation without local representation.

The Beginning of Political Parties


The federalists and anti-federalists parties were against one another. They were started in the United States during 1792. The two parties made a balance between each other.

The Louisiana Purchase


Us Purchased 828,000 square miles from the French in 1803. The purchase included present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska; parts of Minnesota,most of North Dakota; most of South Dakota; northeastern New Mexico; northern Texas; portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado; Louisiana , including the city of New Orleans.

Treaty of Ghent

December 24, 1814

James Gambier,John Quincy Adams, Henry Goulburn signed a treaty that ended the war of 1812. Signed on December 24, 1814.

Adams–Onís Treaty


Luis de Onís gave Florida to America in exchange for Texas and part of the Louisiana purchase in 1819. It settled a standing border dispute between the two countries and was considered a triumph of American diplomacy.