The newly independent nation faced struggles of self-government, but kept an eye on the distant horizon, expanding the borders from sea to shining sea. The Constitution formed the new government, the wilderness explorers opened the west, while deep underlying questions of slavery, tariffs, and interpretation of the Constitution began to envelop the growing nation.
Websites for more resources:
Lewis & Clark Expedition An ultimate guide, including transcriptions of primary sources
Fort Clatsop History of the Lewis & Clark Expedition’s winter quarters on the Pacific Coast
Fort McHenry War of 1812 (Site of the original “Star Spangled Banner)
USS Constitution Official site of America’s oldest commissioned navy ship; includes history of War of 1812 and the ship’s actions in that war
Oregon Trail One of the most used trails for pioneers going west
The Alamo Official website with lots of historical information