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History of Land

dv1992024The United States has faced multiple land expansions throughout its storied history. Land has always been cherished, a legacy worth one’s life and blood in previous centuries.

· In 1783, under the Treaty of Paris, Great Britain defined the borders of the United States.

· In 1803 the United States conducted the Louisiana Purchase, acquiring a massive amount of territory from France. The Louisiana Purchase cost the United States government $15 million, and it more than doubled the territory of the United States at the time.

· The United States acquired the West Florida area in 1810.

· In the Abams-Onis Treaty of 1819 (with Spain), we gained East Florida and the Sabine Free State (now considered Oregon and part of Colorado).

· In 1820 Maine became a state, and the boundary was established between the United States and Canada.

· In 1842, the United States finalized the border with Canada under the Webster-Ashburton Treaty.

· In 1845, under the Texas Annexation, Texas joined the United States.

· In 1846, Oregon ceded to the United States, which established the nation’s northern boundary at 49 degrees north.

· In 1846, under the Mexican Cession, the United States signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Under this treaty, Mexico agreed to the present Mexico-United States border.

· In 1853, the United States purchased a strip of land along its southernmost border, an area that today makes up the southern borders of New Mexico and Arizona. It cost just $10 million.

· In 1867, the United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire for $7.2 million.

· In 1898, Hawaii was annexed by the national government.

· In 1927, the United States acquired the Virgin Islands. This effectively makes inhabitants of the Virgin Island American citizens, meaning they benefit from all of the rights and privileges that accompany citizenship.

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