Early United States history

United States historical travel topics:
Indigenous nationsPre-Civil WarCivil WarOld WestIndustrializationPost-war

Contrary to popular belief in Europe and other parts of the world, the United States has existed longer as a nation-state than most other countries in the world.

There have been many historical epochs in the land now governed by the US, starting with the pre-colonial times when Native Americans held sway, the Colonial Era and the American Revolution. This article focuses on the antebellum history; from the first European settlement, until the American Civil War, which started in 1861, before most of the Industrial Revolution, large-scale railroad expansion, and the American colonization of the Old West.


And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.United States Declaration of Independence


Along the Atlantic coast were the Thirteen Colonies, part of the British Empire. Although much of the buildings have been torn down and replaced by new ones or railways and streets, some old towns, historic buildings and objects still remain, mostly in the following cities:

Indigenous heritage


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