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Events during 1820–1865 transformed the geography of the American South and West. For example, the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced the relocation of thousands of Indians who lived east of the Mississippi River to lands west of the Mississippi. Land acquired through the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo following the war with Mexico transformed Americans' sense of the West—and the amount of land available for settlement and exploitation. Irresolvable differences between the North and South culminated in the Civil War, a bloody conflict that cost the lives of over six hundred thousand Americans before the South surrendered in 1865.

Major Cities, 1840

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The Missouri Compromise, 1820

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Utopian Communities, Mid-Nineteenth Century

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Indian Removals, 1830-1840

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The Tans-Mississippi West, 1840s

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The Mexican War, 1846-48

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The Railroad Network, 1850s

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Slave Population, 1860

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Major Crops of the South, 1860

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The Secession of the Southern States, 1860-61

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The Civil War, 1863

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The Civil War, 1864-65

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