Indiana Immigration History

Indiana Immigration Timeline

Mississippian people settle - Angel Mounds

1100 - 1400

New Native Settlers Come Into Region...

1600 - 1750

1795 Treaty of Greenville

August 3, 1795

Established a boundary between native and nonnative settlements.

1808 Slavery Abolished in Indiana

1808

1816 Indiana Becomes a State

1816

1817 Lick Creek in Orange County - First Black Settlement in Indiana

1817

Early 1820s KY & OH settled in first...

1820

Many new immigrants first settled in the eastern states or in Ohio or Kentucky before coming to Indiana.

Underground Railroad

1825 - 1850

1840 National Road

1840

Increased immigration and industrial growth by providing easier access for manufacturing goods and more jobs for new settlers.

1851 Indiana Constitution Changed

1851

1860 Census

1860

Most immigrants to Indiana are from Germany

Transportation & Jobs Attract New Settlers

1860 - 1910

urbanization and an increasingly industrial economy encouraged new immigration to Indiana

1869 Legalized African-American Students into Public Education System

1869

1880 First Black Public Official

1880

1906 Town of Gary Established

1906

1914 Mexican Immigration Booms

1914

1920 KKK Gains Stronghold in Indiana

1920

Federal Legislation

No Immigrant Processing Center

1600 - 1855

1798 Alien Act

1798

1850 Fugitive Slave Law

1850

Anyone harboring a slave was subject to a fine up to a thousand dollars and imprisonment of six months.

1868 Fourteenth Amendment

1868

Guaranteeing civil rights to African Americans in all states

1882 Chinese Exclusion Act

1882

1906 Naturalization Act

1906

1917 Reenactment of the Alien Act

1917

1918 World War I: Exceptions to Citizenship

1918

1921 Emergency Immigration Act

1921

1924 National Origins Act

1924