The Known World
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1814 Napoleon forced to abdicate; exiled to Elba.
1814 Metternich (1773-1859) orchestrates the Congress of Vienna.
1815 Napoleon escapes from Elba and is finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo.
1815 Edmond Dantes falsely imprisoned in the Chateau d’If.
1815 Mike Fink leaves the Ohio River when it becomes too civilized.
1819 Simon Bolivar proclaims the republic of Gran Columbia.
1819 The vampire Lord Ruthven appears in London society.
1823 Texas Rangers founded.
1823 Mike Fink dies on the Yellowstone River.
1823 President James Monroe[ declares his doctrine.
1823 Lord Byron fights for Greek independence.
1828 Andrew Jackson elected president; mobs enter White House.
1828 Davy Crockett elected to Congress.
1828 First prisoners sent up the river to Sing Sing in upstate New York.
1829 Dantes escapes from d’If, obtains the treasure of Monte Cristo.
1831 Nat Turner’s rebellion.
1831 Alexis de Tocqueville tours America
1831 Charles Darwin sets off in The Beagle, which reaches the Galapagos in 1835 and returns to England in 1836.
1832 Birth of Pecos Bill
1836 Sam Houston defeats Santa Anna to found the Lone Star Republic.
1836 Abraham Lincoln becomes a lawyer.
1836 Friedrich von Junzt (1795-1840) writes Unaussprechlichen Kulten.
1837 Queen Victoria becomes ruler of the British Empire.
1839 Dantes appears in Paris as the Count of Monte Cristo.
1839 The Amistad mutiny.
1840 Opium Wars begin in China.
1841 A series of murders on Paris’ Rue Morgue are solved by the detective August Dupin.
1842 Pioneers begin using the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City.
1844 Great auk extinct.
1845 Henry David Thoreau moves to Walden Pond.
1845 Dr. John Dolittle learns to talk to animals.
1845 Birth of Albus Dumbledore.
1846 California Republic proclaimed
1846-48 Mexican-American War
1847 Deseret founded as Mormon homeland by Brigham Young.
1847 The Irish potato famine begins.
1849 California Gold Rush. Death of Darling Clementine.
1849 Harriet Tubman begins rescuing slaves in Maryland.
1850 Allan Pinkerton (1819-84) establishes his detective agency.
1852 Devil’s Island opens as a French penal colony, closing in 1946.
1852 The Rock Island Line begins running between Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois.
1854 Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) nurses British troops during the Crimean War.
1854 Chief Seattle declares that “all things are connected.”
1858 Geronimo (1829-1909) goes on warpath to avenge his wife; captured 1886.
1858 Sir Richard Burton discovers the Mountains of the Moon.
1858 Lincoln debates Douglas.
1859 Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species.
1859 Norton I proclaims himself Emperor of These United States and Protector of Mexico.
1859 John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry
1860 Pony Express established
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
1860 Abraham Lincoln elected president.
1861 Battle of Fort Sumter starts U.S. Civil War.
1862 Alice Liddell goes down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.
1862 Anna Leonowens becomes tutor to the children of the King of Siam.
1862 House of the Rising Sun opens in New Orleans
1862 Battle of Antietam
1863 Professor Axel Lindenbrock makes a journey to the center of the Earth.
1863 Emancipation Proclamation
1863 Death of Stonewall Jackson
1863 Battle of Gettysburg
1864 General Tso defeats the Taiping Rebellion.
1865 Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox.
1865 John Wilkes Booth assassinates Lincoln.