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In 1791 the Constitution of the United States was signed The Constitution outlines the United States new form of government The Constitution of the United States is the most important document in American history With it we would not have any form of government and would not exist today In 1794 Eli Whitney improved the cotton gin which makes cotton a more profitable crop The improved version of the cotton gin expands the demand for slave labor in the South In 1800 Washington DC becomes the new capital of United States The Republicans accepted the Federalist proposal that the national government pay the state debts incurred during the war of independence In exchange the Federalists agreed to situate the capital at a place chosen by George Washington In 1803 America purchased Louisiana for Napoleon for fifteen million dollars Originally Napoleon was going to dell Louisiana back to Spain but when President Jefferson heard that Louisiana was up for sale and quickly made a deal with Napoleon The purchase of Louisiana doubled the size of the United States geographically and became the largest sale in history On August 24 1814 during the War of 1812 British troops burned the Capitol and almost all other public buildings in Washington The Capitol was gutted and only a sudden rainstorm prevented its complete destruction In 1814 the Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Key Scott Witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry Francis Key Scott was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner Soon the Star Spangled Banner is adopted as our national anthem In 1815 Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo Napoleons defeat ended twenty-three years of recurrent warfare between France and the other powers of Europe A heavy rain the evening before the battle forced Napoleons to delay his attack The delay cost him the battle The Erie Canal opens connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean in 1825 The Erie Canal created an era of growth
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