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William Boyd

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1801-1802 Italian Republic


1801-1877 Brigham Young, Mormon leader, colonized Utah

Austria makes temporary peace with France.

Britain becomes the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland with one monarch and one parliament in 1801. However, Catholics are excluded from voting.

First Inauguration of President Thomas Jefferson 1801

First widespread experimentation with vaccines begins.

The cast iron process was invented, eventually allowing construction of large conservatories and "wide" bridge spans.

1802 Britian makes peace with France.

The first seed sold in packages in America were marketed by a Shaker community at Enfield, Connecticut. Keeping their own seed lines healthy and free of corruption was important in that community.

English scientist John Dalton introduced the atomic theory of matter in 1803.

1803-04 Fort Dearborn built at Chicago, in present day Cook County, Illinois.

Denmark, which had been active in the slave trade, was the first country to ban the trade through legislation in 1792, which took effect in 1803.

German pharmacist, F.W. Serturner, isolated morphine from opium latex. The three extracts of opium commonly used medicinally are morphine, codeine, and papaverine.

Henry and Sealy Fourdrinier improved on Robert's paper making machine in 1803. The continuous belt of wire mesh that layers the pulp is today called a Fourdrinier Screen.

In 1803 the U.S. led by President Thomas Jefferson aquired for a total cost of 15 million dollars ($217 million in today's currency) France's claim to the territory of "Louisiana." The land purchased contained all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota that were west of the Mississippi River, most of North Dakota, nearly all of South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide, and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans thus doubling the size of the United States at a cost of less than 3 cents per acre. Napoleon Bonaparte, head of France at the time, upon completion of the agreement, stated, "This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride."

India's population is 200 million.

Maquinna, a powerful chief of Nootka Sound Canada, and his people attack the American trading ship Boston killing the captain and all the crew, sparing only two, whom they kept as slaves. One of those two, John R. Jewitt, wrote a classic tale of captivity about his years with them and providing historical information about how the natives lived.

New York experiences a Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1803

President Thomas Jefferson had Congress appropriate $2,500 and commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a scientific and military expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. It was the first overland expedition undertaken by the United States to the Pacific coast and back (1804–1806). It was headed by the United States Army soldiers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. They left Pittsburg August 31, 1803 headed west. On their return trip down the Missouri River they reached St. Louis on September 23, 1806.

Seventeenth state admitted into the union, Ohio Mar. 1, 1803, having been settled by 1788

The first permanent Marine hospital was authorized to be built in Boston, Massachusetts.

War erupts between Britian and France again.

A Protestant group from Wuerttemberg, named The Harmonists or Rappists after their leader George Rapp, founded Harmony, in western Pennsylvania, a utopian community in 1804. Ten years later they sell Harmony to the Mennonites and move to their Indiana settlement, Neu Harmonie (1814-1824), which becomes the economic "Wonder of the West" The settlements were economically successful, producing many goods in a clothing factory, a sawmill, a tannery, and from their vineyards and distillery.

Alexander Hamilton is mortally wounded in duel with Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804.

American and European traders began stripping Pacific Islands for sandalwood for use in Europe and China in 1804. Sandalwood trees were wiped out on Fiji by 1809, on the Marquesas by 1814, on Hawaii by 1825.

Capt. John Chester brought the first shipload of 30 bunches of bananas to Boston aboard the schooner Reynard in 1804. Bananas did not become common in this country until after 1870, when Capt. L. D. Baker began exchange of mining equipment for Jamaican bananas. As the 19th century progressed, bananas became more commonplace with New Orleans becoming the principle port of entry for the fruit by 1890.

Haiti wins independence from France. Napoleon abandoned his dreams of restoring France's New World empire because war resumed between France and Britain in 1803 and the British Royal Navy firmly controlled of the seas. This meant that reinforcements and supplies for French General Rochambeau in Haiti never arrived in sufficient numbers. To concentrate on the war in Europe and generate need cash, Napoleon signed the Louisiana Purchase in April, selling France's North American possessions to the United States. The Haitian army, then led by Dessalines, devastated Rochembeau and the French army at the Battle of Vertières on November 18, 1803. Jean Jacques Dessalines became Haiti's first emperor in 1804 when on January 1, 1804 he declared Haitian independence becoming the first black nation to gain freedom from European colonial rule.. Most of the remaining French colonists fled ahead of the defeated French army, many migrating to Louisiana or Cuba. In a final act of retribution, the remaining French were slaughtered by Haitian military forces. France refused to recognize the newly independent country's sovereignty until 1825, in exchange for 150 million gold francs. Haiti agreed to pay the price to lift a crippling embargo imposed by France, Britain, and the United States, but to do so, the Haitian government had to take out high interest loans. The debt was not repaid in full until 1947.

Lewis spent nine months in Philadelphia studying botany under Benjamin Smith Barton to prepare for the journey. The seed they collected were shared by Hamilton at The Woodlands and by M'Mahon. By 1825 Oregon grape holly was widely known and was available commercially from Prince Nursery of Flushing, NY for $25.

Napoleon transforms the Consulate of France into an empire. Napoleon crowned himself Emperor Napoleon I on 2 December 1804 at Notre Dame de Paris and then crowned Joséphine Empress. He systematizes French law under Code Napoleon.

Robert Owen sets up a "utopian" community in Scotland

Sauk and Fox Indians in 1804 cede to United States lands east of the Mississippi River.

Russia joins the Third Coalition against Napoleon

32nd state admitted into the union, Minnesota May 11, 1858, having been settled by 1805

Battle of Trafalgar 1805

Britian, Austria, Russia and Sweden form the Third Coalition against France.

First legislators sent to represent Illinois in Indiana legislature at Vincennes July 1805.

Kingdom of Italy (1805–1814) was a state founded in Northern Italy by Napoleon, fully influenced by revolutionary France, that ended with his defeat and fall.

Napoleon victorious over Austrian and Russian forces at the Battle of Austerlitz in Moravia (present day Czech Republic). The French army, commanded by Emperor Napoleon I, decisively defeated a Russo-Austrian army, commanded by Tsar Alexander I. The battle is often regarded as a tactical masterpiece. The French victory at Austerlitz effectively brought the Third Coalition to an end.

Second Inauguration of President Thomas Jefferson 1805

The British Royal Navy defeats the combined fleets of the French Navy and Spanish Navy fleets in the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. Twenty-seven British ships of the line led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under French Admiral Pierre Villeneuve off the south-west coast of Spain, just west of Cape Trafalgar. The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, without a single British vessel being lost.


William Boyd born during 1806

1806 - 1812 Russo-Turkish War, 1806-12

Defeated by Napoleon, The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation ceases to exist after more than 800 years; replaced by Confederation of the Rhine with Napoleon as its "protector."

In 1806 Napoleon offered 100,000 francs to anyone who could create sugar from a native plant. Russian chemist K. S. Kirchhof later discovered that sulfuric acid added to potato starch would make the conversion.

Martin Baum, riverboat pioneer on the Ohio and Mississippi, becomes mayor of Cincinnati

Russia and Turkey go to war in 1806. Russia gains a region of Bessarabia, and a position in the Balkins. Prussia, Britian, Russia and Sweden form the fourth Coalition against France. Prussia is defeated in the battle of Jena.


Britain banned the slave trade (but not slavery itself) in 1807, imposing stiff fines for any slave found aboard a British ship. The Royal Navy, which then controlled the world's seas, moved to stop other nations from filling Britain's place in the slave trade and declared that slaving was equal to piracy and was punishable by death.

Ely Whitney's cotton gin by 1807 enabled the United States to supply 60% of Britain's cotton, becoming the world's largest producer by 1820 - with production rising from 3,000 bales in 1790 to 4.5 million bales by 1860. The plantation production of cotton and the manner in which cotton exhausts nutrients from its soil meant that between 1790 and 1860 over 800,000 slaves were moved to the new territories of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. With increased production, cotton came to underwrite so completely the economy of cotton states that any sentiment against slavery slowly disappeared in the South. Cotton production thus drove the division between North and South.

Ice cream cones introduced

In Prussia Baron Karl vom Stein issued the Edict of Emancipation, at Memel on 9 October 1807, which abolished the institution of serfdom throughout Prussia from 8 October 1810.

Robert Fulton (1765-1815) and Robert Livingston (Fulton's wife's uncle) together built the first commercial steamboat in 1807, the North River Steamboat (later known as the Clermont), which carried passengers between New York City and Albany, New York. The Clermont first made the 150 mile trip in 32 hours on August 17, 1807.

Russia is defeated by the French in the Battle of Friedland effectively ending the War of the Fourth Coalition (1806–1807) against Napoleon.

The Emperors Alexander I of Russia and Napoleon of France agree to blockade Great Britain in 1807. Alexander pledges to compel Sweden to join the interdiction.


1808 - 1809 The Finnish War between Russia and Sweden wherein Sweden cedes Finland to Russia

Attention of Congress called to idea of Illinois and Michigan Canal by Albert Gallatin. It was not finished until 1848. It allowed boat transportation from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and helped establish Chicago as the transportation hub of the United States, opening before railroads were laid in the area. Its function was largely replaced by the wider and shorter Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900 and it ceased transportation operations in 1933. The Illinois and Michigan Canal Locks and Towpath, a collection of eight engineering structures and segments of the canal between Lockport and LaSalle-Peru, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Canoeists can travel 15 miles of the canal in open water between Channahon State Park and Gebhard Wood and five miles between Utica and LaSalle.

Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth Symphonies performed.

French armies occupy Rome and Spain, extending Napoleon's empire. Britain begins aiding Spanish guerrillas against Napoleon in Peninsular War. Often, when British allies attempted military actions within several dozen miles or so of the sea, the Royal Navy would arrive and would land troops and supplies and aid the Coalition's land forces in a concerted operation. Royal Navy ships even provided artillery support against French units when fighting strayed near enough to the coastline.

French scientist Joseph Gasy Lussac measures the relative volume of gases involved in chemical reactions and discovers the "law of combining volumes" stating that "when measured at the same temperature and pressure volumes of gaseous reactants and products of chemical reactions are always in simple ratios of whole numbers"

Goethe publishes the first part of "Faust".

In Prussia Baron Karl vom Stein gives the ability to control municipal affairs over to local elected officials.

Napoleon I conquerors Spain, replacing Ferdinand VII with Joseph Bonaparte.

The United States outlawed the importation of slaves on January 1, 1808, the earliest date permitted by the constitution for such a ban.


1808-1809 Sweden is defeated by Russia in the Finnish War. As a result of the war, the eastern third of Sweden was established as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland within the Russian Empire with the Czar as its ruler. Finland´s position is confirmed in its first separate Diet. Finland retains its own legislation and its old form of society, including the free status of the peasantry, the Lutheran religion and the old Swedish system of law and government.

1809 Massachusetts encourages its towns to make provision for the vaccination of inhabitants with cow pox vaccines.

Benjamin Silliman and an apothecary named Darling open two soda-water fountains in New York City, hoping to make themselves rich selling carbonated water for "health purposes", but the business fails. It would be several decades later before the soda fountain became a social icon in America.

First Inauguration of President James Madison 1809

Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden is deposed and the Riksdag of the Estates gives the crown to Gustavus' uncle Charles XIII (although known as King Charles XIII in Sweden, he was actually the seventh Swedish king by that name) with the promise that the Rigsdag would be able to check the kings actions.

Illinois Territory created with its capital, Kaskaskia on March 1, 1809. The Illinois Territory originally included areas that became the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, the eastern portion of Minnesota, and the western portion of the upper peninsula of Michigan. As Illinois was preparing to become a state, the remaining area of the territory was attached to the Michigan Territory and ceased using the name Illinois Territory.

The area of Montana was settled by 1809



Goats introduced to St. Helena Island began devastation that eventually caused extinction of 22 of the 33 endemic plants.

Hahnemann founds homeopathy.

Marriage of Napoleon to Archduchess Marie Louise von Hapsburg, daughter of Francis I, (following his divorce of Joséphine this further strained his relations with the Church) and thirteen cardinals were imprisoned for non-attendance at the marriage ceremony.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla begins the fight for Mexican independence from Spain.

Third federal census taken for the United States. It was conducted on August 6, 1810. It showed that 7,239,881 people were living in the United States of which 1,191,362 were slaves. The 1810 Census included one new state


His wife, Isabella Douglas Boyd, born on July 05, 1811

Area of Washington state settled by 1811

Area of modern Oregon settled by 1811

Corn syrup & McIntosh apples introduced

Dr. Hay's revision of Challoner's version of the English Bible

Paraguay gains independence.

The 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series with its epicenter in northeast Arkansas beginning with an initial pair of very large earthquakes on December 16, 1811. These earthquakes were named for the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, Louisiana Territory, now Missouri.

The original Siamese twin's (they came from Siam) were born.


1812 - 1814 War of 1812 fought between the United States and Great Britain, and part of the greater war between Great Britain and France

1812 Death rate from TB in New York 700 per 100,000.

1812 France has mass planting of sugar beets and 500 refineries open. Over 8 million pounds of sugar are produced in one year.

1812-1815 War of 1812 had 3 main causes

Area of North Dakota settled by 1812

Earthquake on February 7, 1812 with its epicenter near New Madrid, Missouri. New Madrid was destroyed. At St. Louis, Missouri, many houses were severely damaged, and their chimneys were toppled. It created temporary waterfalls on the Mississippi at Kentucky Bend, created waves that propagated upstream, and caused the formation of Reelfoot Lake by obstructing streams in Lake County, Tennessee. Residents as far away as Pittsburgh and Norfolk were awakened by intense shaking. Church bells were reported to ring as far as Boston, Massachusetts and York, Ontario (now Toronto) and sidewalks were reported to have been cracked and broken in Washington, D.C. There were also reports of toppled chimneys in Maine.

In October 1812 Colonel Russell leading Illinois Rangers discovered a Kickapoo village on Peoria Lake, Illinois, and destroyed it killing all the fleeing villagers in a nearby swamp while suffering only 4 wounded rangers. A month later another attack occurred in which many neutral Potawatomi were killed. The allegiance of these remaining indian groups switched completely to the British and Tecumseh's side (in the War of 1812), and the entirety of the tribes took part in all the remaining actions of the war until the Battle of the Thames.

Indians massacre Fort Dearborn troops (located at what is now the intersection of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago).

Louisiana becomes 18th state admitted into the union Apr. 30, 1812, having been settled by 1699

Napoleon invades Russia. Russo-Turkey wars temporarily stop.

Napoleon's Grand Army, which first invaded Russia in June with 600,000 soldiers, had captured Moscow by September 14, 1812. But by then, the Russians had largely abandoned the city, even releasing prisoners from the prisons to inconvenience the French. Czar Alexander I refused to capitulate, and the governor, Count Fyodor Vasilievich Rostopchin, ordered the city burnt to the ground. With no sign of clear victory in sight, Napoleon began the disastrous Great Retreat from Moscow. Forced to retreat in the bitter Russian winter by the time the French army crossed out of Russia only 27,000 fit soldiers remained.

The territory known to Russia as "old Finland" is joined to the Grand Duchy. In the same year, Helsinki (Helsingfors) is declared capital of Finland.


Jane Austen publishes "Pride and Prejudice"

Napoleon wins the Battle of Dresden.

Second Inauguration of President James Madison 1813

U.S. Commodore Perry wins battle of Lake Erie. The Battle of Lake Erie was fought on 10 September 1813, in Lake Erie off the coast of Ohio during the War of 1812. Nine vessels of the United States Navy under U.S. Commodore Perry defeated and captured six vessels of Great Britain's Royal Navy. This ensured American control of the lake for the rest of the war, allowed the Americans to recover Detroit, and win the Battle of the Thames to break the Indian confederation of Tecumseh. It was one of the biggest naval battles of the War of 1812.


A request, dated January 13, 1814, by William Clark, the governor of Missouri Territory (the territory was renamed soon after the 1811-1812 earthquake to eliminate confusion with the new state of Louisiana), asked for federal relief for the "inhabitants of New Madrid County." This was possibly the first example of a request for disaster relief from the U.S. Federal government.

After Napolean's disastrous retreat from Moscow, other anti-French allies (Britain, Austria, Russia, Prussia, Sweden, and Portugal) regroup against him in the War of Liberation. Both sides build their troop strength so that in total, around 900,000 French troops in all theatres faced around 1,800,000 Coalition troops. Napoleon then fought a series of battles in France itself, but the overwhelming numbers of the Allies steadily forced him back. The Allies entered Paris on 30 March 1814. Napoleon abdicated on April 6, 1814. Napoleon exiled to Elba, off Italian coast. Bourbon king Louis XVIII takes French throne.

Congress of Vienna opens on September 1814 (ending June 1815). Its objective was to settle the many issues arising from the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. This objective resulted in the redrawing of the continent's political map, establishing the boundaries of France, Napoleon's duchy of Warsaw, the Netherlands, the states of the Rhine, the German province of Saxony, and various Italian territories, and the creation of spheres of influence through which France, Austria, Russia and Britain brokered local and regional problems.

George Stephenson (1781–1848), an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer, built the first public railway line in the world to use steam locomotives, and he is renowned as being the "Father of Railways". His travelling engine hauling 30 tons of coal up a hill at 4 mph was the first successful flanged-wheel adhesion locomotive (its traction depended only on the contact between its flanged wheels and the rail).

November 20, 1814 Edwards County (including the towns of Bone Gap and West Salem) and White County (including the town of Carmi) were created in the southeastern part of the territory of Illinois

On June 4th Louis XVIII of France issues a new Charter in an attempt to convince the people that the work of the French revolution is not being undone.

Swedish chemist Jöns Jacob Berzelius suggests using letters as symbols for the elements.

The Burning of Washington took place on August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812 between the British Empire and the United States. The British Army occupied Washington, D.C. following the American defeat at the Battle of Bladensburg. The facilities of the U.S. government, including the White House and U.S. Capitol, were largely destroyed, though strict discipline and the British commander's orders to burn only public buildings are credited with preserving the city's private buildings. This has been the only time since the Revolutionary War that a foreign power has captured and occupied the United States capital.

The Rappists, a German Protestant group, purchased 30,000 acres of land in Indiana and founded a new utopian community, New Harmony. In 1825 they returned to Pennsylvania and founded Economy, 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Other towns founded by religious groups in this period included Zoar, Ohio and Amana, Iowa and and St. Nazianz, Wisconsin.

The first practical steam locomotive engine is built.

The text of the Star Spangled Banner Sept. 20, 1814

War of 1812 officially ends with Treaty of Ghent signed December 24, 1814. War settles little but strengthens U.S. as independent nation.


1815 Income tax ends in England. Resumes in 1842.

Battle of Waterloo 1815

Boston's Germans found Handel and Haydn Society

Catholic Bible Society New Testament, based on Challoner's version

Jakob Grimm completes "Grimm's Fairy Tales".

John McAdam figures out a way of improving the roads in Britian by using small stones.

Napoleon returns from Elba and the "Hundred Days" begin. Travelling to Paris, picking up support as he went, he eventually overthrew the restored Louis XVIII. The Allies rapidly gathered their armies to meet him again. Napoleon raised 280,000 men and faced an initial Coalition force of about 700,000.

Napoleon took about 124,000 men of the Army of the North on a pre-emptive strike against the Allies in Belgium and on June 16, 1815,suceeded in attacking the Coalition armies before they combined, in hope of driving the British into the sea and the Prussians out of the war. With the Prussian retreat, Britian's Wellington too had to retreat. He fell back to a previously reconnoitred position of Waterloo.

Norway and Sweden are joined under one ruler.

On June 18 the French army did not succeeded in driving Wellington's forces from the escarpment on which they stood. When the Prussians arrived and attacked the French right flank in ever-increasing numbers, Napoleon's strategy of keeping the Coalition armies divided had failed and a combined Coalition general advance drove his army from the field at Waterloo in confusion.

Switzerland becomes independent of France.

The Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8, 1815 and was the final major battle of the War of 1812. American forces, commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, defeated an invading British Army intent on seizing New Orleans and the vast territory America had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase. The Treaty of Ghent had been signed on December 24, 1814, but news of the peace would not reach the combatants until February. The battle is often regarded as the greatest American land victory of the war.

The Congress of Vienna ends the Napoleonic Wars with the victorious allies change the map of Europe and attempts to restore the old order after defeat of Napoleon. German Confederation of thirty-nine states under presidency of Austria replaces Confederation of the Rhine. Results in a wave of political repression.

The politicians forced Napoleon to abdicate again on June 22, 1815. Despite the Emperor’s abdication, irregular warfare continued on the outskirts of Paris until the signing of a cease-fire on July 4th. On July 15th, Napoleon surrendered himself to the British squadron at Rochefort. The Allies exiled him to the remote South Atlantic island of Saint Helena, where he died on May 5, 1821.


1816-1829 Challoner's 3rd revision of his Bible translation and Dr. John Lingard's translation from Greek using Vulgate when possible

19th state admitted into the union, Indiana Dec. 11, 1816, having been settled by 1733

Argentina declares itself independent from Spain.

Crop failure was widespread in Europe, resulting in food riots in England, France, and Belgium.

Henry Hall is credited as the first person to cultivate cranberries.

Lainnec invents the stethoscope in France.

The new constitution of Poland makes Alexander of Russia King of Poland but gives Poland complete control of its own budget and army, freedom of the press and religious tolerance.

Tract of land proposed route of Illinois and Michigan Canal, ceded to United States Commissioners.


20th state admitted into the union, Mississippi Dec. 10, 1817, having been settled by 1699

1817-1852 Indian Wars.

First Inauguration of President James Monroe 1817

Joseph Baumeler and his German separatists found the Zoar commune in Ohio

Taffy, toffee & butterscotch introduced


Chile becomes independent from Spain.

Illinois State Constitution adopted at Kaskaskia, in present day Randolph County, on August 26, 1818.

Illinois admitted to Statehood December 3, 1818, having been settled by 1720. First state capital, Kaskaskia, and governor, Shadrach Bond. Illinois's northern border fixed.

Lord Byron begins writing "Don Jaun ".

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly writes "Frankenstein".

The wrought iron process was industrialized, changing the way designers would create conservatory structures.

US adopts the flag with thirteen stripes and many stars.


1819 Queen Victoria

Alabama became the 22nd state admitted into the union, Dec. 14, 1819, having been settled by 1702

American steamship SS Savannah was an American hybrid sailing ship/sidewheel steamer built in 1818. On May 7 and 8, 1819 Savannah took on coal, and on the 11th, President Monroe took an excursion on her from Savannah to Tybee Lighthouse and back. She is notable for being the first steamship in the world to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Savannah, Georgia to Liverpool, England, in 29 days from May 24 to June 20, 1819, although only a part of the distance was covered with the ship under steam power having run out of coal off Cork, Ireland. During the crossing several ships tried to come to her aid, thinking the smoke coming from her engine meant that the Savannah was on fire, but were each unable to catch up with the new steamship. In spite of her historic voyage, Savannah was not a commercial success as a steamship and was converted back into a sailing ship shortly after returning from Europe. Just two years later the Savannah was wrecked off Long Island in 1821. No other American-owned steamship would cross the Atlantic for almost thirty years after this pioneering voyage.

Electromagnatism is discovered by Danish physicist Hans. C. Oersted

Great Britain had temporarily gained control of Florida and other territory diplomatically in 1763 through the Peace of Paris. But Spain received Florida back after Britain's defeat by the American colonies and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Then after settler attacks on Indian towns, the Seminole Indians based in Florida began raiding Georgia settlements, purportedly at the behest of the Spanish. The United States Army led increasingly frequent incursions into Spanish territory, including the 1817–1818 campaign against the Seminole Indians by Andrew Jackson that became known as the First Seminole War. Following the war, the United States effectively controlled East Florida. In 1819, by terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty, Spain ceded Florida to the United States in exchange for the American renunciation of any claims on Texas that they might have from the Louisiana Purchase and $5 million.

The Passenger Act was enacted on March 2, 1819 by Congress in an effort to alleviate overcrowding of passenger ships arriving from foreign ports. As a result of this act, captains of such ships were required to submit a list of all passengers to the collector of customs in the district in which the ship arrived, and he, in turn, had to submit quarterly passenger list reports to the Secretary of State. It, also effectively ended the redemptioner trade wherein an immigrant gained passage to America by selling themselves as an indentured servant for a fixed period of time. A new law enacted on May 7, 1874 repealed the legislative provision requiring collectors to send detailed copies of passenger lists to the Secretary of State. These passenger lists are important primary sources of arrival data for the vast majority of immigrants to the United States in the nineteenth century.

The creation of the Zollverein (customs union) helps the circulation of goods in Germany.



1820-1823 Nationwide "Fever" Epidemic starts at Schuylkill River (which stretches across Pennsylvania ending at Philadelphia) and spreads

1820-1830 George IV King of England

First organized immigration of blacks to Africa from the US began with 86 free blacks sailing to Sierra Leone in February of 1820.

Fourth federal census taken for the United States in 1820. It was conducted on August 7, 1820. The total population was determined to be 9,638,453 of which 1,538,022 were slaves. The center of population was about 120 miles west-northwest of Washington in Hardy County, Virginia (now in West Virginia).

Henry Clay's Missouri Compromise bill passed Congress on March 3, 1820. It allowed the admittance of Missouri as slave state, of Maine as a non-slave state, and barred slavery from the rest of the Louisiana Purchase north of 36°30' N. (the southern boundry of Missouri). It was effectively repealed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, despite efforts made to fight the Act by prominent speakers, including Abraham Lincoln. And then in 1857 the Dred Scott v. Sandford case, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress did not have authority to prohibit slavery in territories, and that those provisions of the Missouri Compromise were unconstitutional. It found that, under the admission act of Missouri, blacks and mulattos did not qualify as citizens of the United States.

Illinois State Capitol removed from Kaskaskia to Vandalia, in present day Fayette County.

Lady fingers introduced

Maine admitted into the union as the 23rd state on March 15, 1820, having been settled by 1624

Missouri Compromise admitted Missouri as slave state but slavery was barred in rest of Louisiana Purchase north of 36°30' N. (the southern boundry of Missouri)

Revolts at Nola, Avellino and Naples


1821 - 1829 Greek War of Independence

Honduras, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Pamana and Santo Domingo wins independence from Spain. Agustín de Iturbide makes himself emperor of Mexico and disbands the elected congress when they refuse to support him.

Missouri was admitted into the union as the 24th state August 10, 1821, having been settled by 1735

Nathan Bedford Forrest was born in 1821. He was the (US) Confederate General who led cavalry raids against Union supply lines in Civil War.

Second Inauguration of President James Monroe 1821

The Germanic custom of having a specially decorated tree at Christmas time was introduced to America by Pennsylvania Dutch in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (or perhaps 45 years earlier by the German Hessian troops during the Revolutionary War during Christmas of 1776). Later in the century, the Pennsylvania Dutch version of St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, evolved into America's Santa Claus, popularized by a German immigrant and influential political cartoonist, Thomas Nast. The Easter bunny and Easter eggs were also brought to this country by German immigrants.


Act authorizing the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal, passed by Congress.

Brazil becomes independent under the rule of Emperor Pedro I (son of the Portuguese king)

Earthquake in Aleppo, Asia Minor kills 22,000 in 1822

Greeks proclaim a republic and independence from Turkey. Turks invade Greece. Russia declares war on Turkey (1828). Greece also aided by France and Britain. After the Greek War of Independence, successfully waged against the Ottoman Empire from 1821 to 1829, the nascent Greek state was finally recognized under the London Protocol in 1830.

Liberia is founded on the west coast of Africa. In 1822, the American Colonization Society, working to "repatriate" black Americans to greater freedom in Africa, established Liberia as a place to send people who were formerly enslaved. This movement of black people by the A.C.S. had broad support nationwide among white people in the United States, including politicians such as Henry Clay and James Monroe. They believed this was preferable to emancipation of slaves in the United States. Some free African Americans chose to emigrate to Liberia.

Schubert's Eighth Symphony ("The Unfinished").

Slavery defeated at the ballot in Illinois August 1822.


1823-1829 Pope Leo XII

Charles MacIntosh (1766-1843), a Scottish chemist and inventor, found in 1823 that fabrics could be made waterproof by treating with natural rubber. Charles Macintosh patented his invention for waterproof cloth in 1823 and the first Mackintosh coats were made in the family's textile factory, Charles Macintosh and Co. of Glasgow. The Mackintosh raincoat (the variant spelling is now standard) is named for him. The word "rubber" had been coined for the ability of this resilient material to rub out pencil marks

Cyrus P. Dalkin of Concard, Massachusetts invents carbon copies, although the public did not widely adopt the idea until about fifty years later.

First all-German singing society founded in Cincinnati

In Mexico a rebellion led by Antonio de Santa Anna (1794-1876) forces dictator Itubide to abdicate in March 1823.

Nebraska became the 37th state when it was admitted into the union on March 1, 1867, having been settled by 1823

Pope Leo XII

The Honduras achieve independence from Mexico and join the United Provinces of Central America.

The Monroe Doctrine Dec. 2, 1823

U.S. Monroe Doctrine introduced on December 2, 1823, by US President, James Monroe, stated that further efforts by European countries to colonize land or interfere with states in the Americas would be viewed, by the United States of America, as acts of aggression requiring US intervention.


A1 Steak Sauce introduced

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Charles X of France crowned.

Fatal epidemic (cause unidentified) in the Canadian Columbia River drainage

James Beaumont Neilson (1792–1865), a Scottish inventor, patented a way of burning coal more efficiently in iron making that allows the low-grade coal in Lanarkshire to be used. Neilson realized that the force of the blast could be increased by passing hot air, rather than cold air, through the red-hot vessel. This reduced the amount of coal required to make iron, and greatly increased production efficiency to meet the demands of the railway and shipbuilding industries. His several defences of his patent were successful, and he became rich.

Mexico becomes a republic, three years after declaring independence from Spain. In 1824, a Republican Constitution was drafted and Guadalupe Victoria became the first president of the newly born country.

Simon Bolívar liberates Peru, becomes its president.


Alexander's younger brother, Nicholas I (1796–1855) is crowned Emperor of Russia and ruled until 1855. Nicholas was one of the most reactionary of the Russian monarchs. On the eve of his death, the Russian Empire reached its historical zenith spanning over 7.7 million square miles.

Bolivia wins independence from Spain.

Col. John Stevens, III (1749-1838), of Hoboken, NJ built and operated first experimental steam locomotive in the US. The first railroad charter in the U.S. was given to Stevens and others in 1815 for the New Jersey Railroad. He designed and built a steam locomotive capable of hauling several passenger cars at his estate in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1825. The invention of the steam engine helped begin the modern railroads and trains. He also helped develop United States patent law.

Erie Canal opened October 26, 1825. The first boat left Buffalo on that day and reached New York City on November 4. Canal cost $7 million but cut travel time one-third, reduced shipping costs 90 percent, and opened the Great Lakes area for passage to and from New York, thus mading New York City the chief US port.

First passenger-carrying railroad in England.

First steam powered railways are run in England.

German language study introduced at Harvard University

Harmonists build their third town, Old Economy, now part of Ambridge, PA

Inauguration of President John Quincy Adams 1825

Putnam County, named for General Israel Putnam (1718-1790), was created in the state of Illinois January 13, 1825 and created from Fulton County. Putnam was an American army general who fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775) during the American Revolutionary War. Although Putnam never attained national renown in his own time, his reckless courage and fighting spirit were known far beyond Connecticut's borders (at the age of 22 he moved from Salem Village/now Danvers, Massachusetts to Mortlake/now Pomfret, in northeastern Connecticut and his house still stands) through the circulation of folk legends celebrating his exploits. Tradition describes young Putnam crawling into a tiny wolf's den with a torch, a musket, and his feet secured with rope as to be quickly pulled out of the den. While in the den, he allegedly killed the she-wolf, making sheep farming in Mortlake safe.

Russian Tsar Alexander I dies. (His sudden death in Taganrog, under allegedly suspicious circumstances, caused the spread of the rumors that Alexander in fact did not die in 1825, but chose to "disappear" and to live the rest of his life in anonymity.)

The Decemberist uprising in Russia took place in the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg December 14, 1825. Russian army officers led about 3,000 soldiers in a protest against Nicholas I's assumption of the throne after his elder brother Constantine removed himself from the line of succession. The revolt was suppressed by newly crowned Czar Nicholas I.

The parallel 54°40' north forms the southernmost boundary between the U.S. State of Alaska and the Canadian Province of British Columbia. The boundary was originally established as a result of tri-partite negotiations between the Russian Empire, the British Empire and the United States, resulting in parallel treaties in 1824 and 1825


1826 M.Taveau in France invents mercury amalgam fillings.

An act of the US Congress set off the mania of planting silkworm mulberry, a short-lived industry.

Cholera epidemic begins in India.

Deaths of former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, on 50th anniversary of American independence, July 4th, 1826.

Fort Vancouver Canada established by the Hudson Bay Company on Columbia River in 1826 to secure the area and act as the hub for their fur trading in the Pacific Northwest

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce takes the world's first photograph. building on a discovery by Johann Heinrich Schultz in 1724 that a silver and chalk mixture darkens under exposure to light. Niépce and Louis Daguerre refined this process. Daguerre discovered that exposing the silver first to iodine vapor, before exposure to light, and then to mercury fumes after the photograph was taken, could form a latent image, and then bathing the plate in a salt bath fixes the image. These ideas led to the famous daguerreotype.

Russian Tsar Nicholas I forces the Ottoman (Turkish) to recognize the independence of Moldavia, Wallachia, and Serbia. Russian troops invade Iran.

The Third Section of the Chancellery is created in Imperial Russia, a secret department set up in Imperial Russia, effectively serving as the Imperial regime's secret police for much of its existence. The organization was relatively small. Created in 1825, it included only sixteen investigators.

The friction match is invented in England.

The unexploited forests of Burma gave impetus to the British conquest of that country. The first area opened (Tenasserim) "was stripped of teak within twenty years." By the end of the century about 10,000,000 acres of Burma forest were cleared.

Twigs (apparently predominately of basket willow) had long been utilized in England to record tax payments. Notches made in each twig indicated the amount of tax paid. Once split the notched twig yielded two records of payment. When the tax records went to paper transaction in 1826, the archive of twigs was burned. The resulting fire escaped control and took with it the Houses of Parliament.


Dr. Francis Lieber (1800-1872), from Berlin begins editing the Encyclopaedia Americana in Boston in 1827. He is most widely known as the author of the Lieber Code during the American Civil War, also known as Code for the Government of Armies in the Field (1863), which laid the foundation for conventions governing the conduct of troops during wartime.

Edgar Alan Poe (1809-1849) publishes his first book, best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Poe published his first book, "Tamerlane and Other Poems," in 1827.

Francisco Morazán leads the Liberals in a civil war in Honduras - the war lasts about two years.

Russian troops conquer Iran.


Baltimore & Ohio first US passenger Rail Road was begun on July 4, 1828.

1828 - 1829 Russo-Turkish War, 1828-29

1829-1831 Pope Pius VIII

Catholic Emancipation Act removes last vestige of oppression in England.

Coenraad Johannes van Houten (1801-1887), a Dutch chemist and chocolate maker, developed the first modern process for making cocoa powder. Soon producers in Holland had learned that alkali could be added to neutralize various acids, making a mild, more soluble cocoa. This process is still called "dutching" today. A method for pressing the fat (cocoa butter) from roasted cocoa beans, was his father's, Casparus van Houten (1770-1858), invention.

Helsinki replaces Turku as the site of Finland's sole university.

Leo Tolstoy is born.

Noah Webster published his "The American Dictionary of the English Language" in 1828.

Russo-Turkish wars (again... from 1828-1829) Russia gains control of the eastern coast of the Black Sea.

South Carolina declared right of state nullification of federal laws on December 19, 1828, opposing "Tariff of Abominations."

Uruguay wins independence from Spain.


First Inauguration of President Andrew Jackson 1829

Gottfried Duden (1789-1856) published in Germany his idyllic account of the several years he spent as a settler in Missouri. Entitled Bericht über eine Reise nach den westlichen Staaten Nordamerika's, or "Report of a journey to the western states of North America", it gave romantic and glowing descriptions of the Missouri River valley between St. Louis and Hermann, Missouri. He established a farm near what is now Dutzow, Missouri along the Missouri River near Washington, Missouri. His book on the region, comparing the Missouri River to the Rhine in Germany, and his positive remarks concerning the climate, culture and soils in Missouri led to tens of thousands of German immigrants to the area beginning in the 1830s. By 1860, more than 38,000 Germans had settled in the lower Missouri River valley and thousands more to other parts of America.

Greeks win independence from the Ottoman empire at the end of a successful war of independence waged by the Greek revolutionaries between 1821 and 1830, with later assistance from several European powers

Pope Pius VIII

The first steam driven train is developed for use between Manchester and Liverpool.

Treaty of Adrianople concluded the Russo-Turkish War, 1828-1829 between Russia and the Ottoman Empire.



1830 - 1831 Polish-Russian war following November Uprising

1830 Britain imports 18,956 chests of opium to China. Opium becomes the largest commodity in world trade.

Soft drinks in America introduced


1831 Cholera epidemic spreads from Russia to Central Europe.

1831 Smallpox epidemic in Wurtemberg, Germany, where 995 vaccinated people succumb to the disease.

In Marseilles, France, 2000 vaccinated people are stricken with smallpox


William Boyd married Isabella Douglas Boyd on January 12, 1832

Christian Hahnemann creates school of homeopathy.


1833 Mercury amalgam fillings introduced in NYC. Dentists rebelled.

Second Inauguration of President Andrew Jackson 1833


1835 First availability of powerful compound microscopes.

1835 Toledo War between US territory of Michigan and the US state of Ohio

Worcestershire Sauce introduced


1836 First recorded case of the use of psychiatry to suppress dissent in Russia.


His father, John Boyd, died during 1837

Idaho potatoes introduced

Inauguration of President Martin Van Buren 1837

Ralph Waldo Emerson's Concord Hymn July 4, 1837


1838 Smallpox epidemic in England.


1839 - 1842 First Anglo-Afghan War

1839 - 1842 Second Anglo-Afghan War

1839 First time a disease is traced to a parasitic organism. (Schoenlein, fungal infection of scalp).



Baltimore Dental College graduates swore not to use mercury amalgam.

First Opium War in China, as Chinese protest British import of drugs.


Inauguration of President William Henry Harrison 1841


1843 - 1872 Several Maori Land Wars in New Zealand


Inauguration of President James K. Polk 1845


1846 - 1848 Mexican War between the United States and Mexico

Nucleus of physicians in New York form the American Medical Association.


Chinese food in America introduced


1848 - 1849 Hungarian Revolt of 1848 waged by Hungary against Austria and later Russia

1848 - 1851 First war of Schleswig

1848 Dr.Semmelweis at the University of Vienna Medical School cuts infant deaths by requiring doctors to wash their hands. Subsequently fired.


Concord grapes introduced

Inauguration of President Zachary Taylor 1849



1850 - 1865 Taiping Rebellion

A new way of thinking develops in German science, which maintains that people are similar to complex machines. It does nothing to take into account the spiritual basis of man. This thinking becomes the basis for experiments in psychology in order to discover the nature of humans and how to program them. The work of Wundt is the primary source of these ideas. American elite begin to come to Germany to study this way of thinking.

British physician presents a paper detailing microscopic examination of food products to the US . The paper revealed that all food products examined in Britain were adulterated with foreign substances, including chemicals. Hearings periodically held for decades.

Homeopathic college founded in Cleveland, Ohio.

Modern marshmallows introduced

US prison population is 29 per100,000 (This goes up to 250 per 100,000 by 1994).


His son, William Boyd, born on May 21, 1851


1853 Chloroform first used as anesthetic in England.

1853 Dr. Isaac Brown, a prominent British surgeon and president of the Medical Society of London, creates a surgical procedure to remove the clitoris from women on the grounds that "masturbation caused epilepsy and convulsive diseases."

1853 First use of hypodermic needle for subcutaneous injection.

1853 Smallpox epidemic in England.

In England, the Compulsory Vaccination Act . From 1853 to 1860, vaccination reached 75% of the live births and more than 90% of the population.

Inauguration of President Franklin Pierce 1853

Potato chips introduced


William Boyd died during 1854

1854 - 1856 Crimean War.


1855 Compulsory nature of Massachusetts vaccination statute firm, and a pre- condition for school admittance. Statutes created in the belief it would "protect children from smallpox."

1855 Outbreak of cholera in England.


Condensed milk introduced


1857 - 1901 Caste War of Yucat?n

1857 Vaccination in England enforced by fines. Smallpox epidemic begins in England that lasts until 1859. Over 14,000 die.

Inauguration of President James Buchanan 1857


1858 England experiences a 7 year epidemic of Pertussis (ending in 1865) in which 120,000 die.


1859 - 1860 Italian Independence War

1869 Mohandas Gandhi born

Darwin publishes The Origin of Species

Rumford Baking Powder introduced



Fish & chips introduced

Introduction of antibiotics and immunization into the US.


1861 - 1865 American Civil War in the United States

First Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln March 4, 1861

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

The Constitution of the Confederate States of America March 11, 1861

The Declaration of Causes of seceding states Winter 1861


December 1682 Henry de Tonti made Governor of Illinois by France.

McClellan's Letter to President Lincoln July 7, 1862

Vernor's Ginger Ale & Gulden's mustard introduced


1863 Second major epidemic of smallpox in England lasts until 1865. 20,000 die.

Breakfast cereal introduced

The Gettysburg Address Nov. 19, 1863


1864 Pasteur invents pasteurization process for wine.

1864 Second war of Schleswig

The Emancipation Proclamation 1864


1865 George Peabody (Rothschilds) conceives of "tax exempt charitable foundation".

1865 U.S. President Lincoln assassinated

Second Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln 1865


1866 - 1868 Red Cloud's War between the Lakota and the United States

1866 Austro-Prussian War (aka Seven Weeks War)


1867 Joseph Lister introduces sanitation into surgery,over the objections of leading English surgeons.

Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage by Frederick Douglass Jan. 1867

Underwood Deviled Ham introduced

Vaccination Act of 1867 in England begins to elicit protest from the population and increase in the number of anti-vaccination groups. It compelled the vaccination of a baby within the first 90 days of its life. Those who objected would be continually badgered by magistrates and fined until the child turned 14. The law was passed on the assurance of medical officials that smallpox vaccinations were safe.


Tabasco sauce & Fleischmann's Yeast introduced


Conference of the British Medical Association devotes its surgery discussions to an attack on antiseptic theory and the work of Lister.

First Inauguration of President Ulysses S. Grant 1869



1870 - 1871 Franco-Prussian War

1870 Third major smallpox epidemic in England begins and lasts until 1872. Over 44,800 die.

Margarine introduced


1871 Kaiser Wilhelm I declares a German Empire

1871 Worldwide epidemic of smallpox begins. Claims 8 million people worldwide.

In Bavaria, Germany, vaccination is compulsory and re-vaccination is commonplace. Out of 30,472 cases of smallpox, 29,429 had been vaccinated.

In Birmingham, England from 1871 to 1874, there were 7,706 cases of smallpox. Out of these, 6,795 had been vaccinated.

Select committee of the Privy Council convened to inquire into the Vaccination Act of 1867 (England), as 97.5% of the people who died from smallpox were vaccinated for it.


1872 - 1873 Modoc War between the Modoc and the United States

Japan institutes compulsory smallpox vaccination. Within 20 years 165,000 smallpox cases manifest themselves.

Philadelphia cream cheese & Graham crackers introduced


Second Inauguration of President Ulysses S. Grant 1873

California raisins introduced

Public Health Act of 1875 in England promotes sanitary conditions.

1876 - 1877 Black Hills War between the Lakota and the United States

Heinz Ketchup introduced

1877 - 1878 Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78

Bicycles begin to be mass produced in the United States in 1877

Inauguration of President Rutherford B. Hayes 1877

Louis Pasteur tells his family never to show anyone his lab notebooks. His last surviving grandson donated the documents to the Bibiotheque Nationale in Paris in 1964. Later, historians would begin to examine Pasteurs notes and would find evidence of potential scientific misconduct and a large degree of dubious human experimentation.

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