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Maps of U.S. Exploration

These maps show the way the U.S. was settled and the people who explored it. Before 1765
See the country right after the conclusion of the French and Indian War.

1675-1800
See the country from before the Revolutionary War to the beginning of the 19th Century.

1800-1820
This map includes the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Missouri Compromise, two momentous events in American history.

1820-1835
This map shows a lot of cool things, including westward trails.

1835-1850
A few more states enter the union, and the country still doesn't solve the "slavery problem."

1850-1890
This map is the first in the series to show railroads! It also shows a few more states, westward trails, and canals and turnpikes.

Chisholm Trail
More than just a cattle trail, the Chisholm Trail stretched from Texas to Kansas.

 Graphics courtesy of ArtToday

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