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This article will help you get on the right track for understanding why the bounding dates for the periods in APUSH aren’t completely arbitrary. They are important to know and understand before your exam!Β 

Dates Explained by Period: πŸ“…

  • Period 1:
    1491 β†’ Year before the first (significant/impactful) European contact.
    1607 β†’ First major, permanent English settlement in the Americas: Jamestown.Β 
  • Period 2:
    1607 β†’ See above.
    1754 β†’ Beginning of the Seven Years War.
  • Period 3:
    1754 β†’ See above.
    1800 β†’ Election of Thomas Jefferson.
  • Period 4:
    1800 β†’ See above.
    1848 β†’ Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo/Seneca Falls Convention.
  • Period 5 (first overlapping period):
    1844 β†’ Election of Polk (Manifest Destiny).
    1877 β†’ End of Reconstruction.
  • Period 6:
    1865 β†’ End of Civil War.
    1898 β†’ Spanish-American War.
  • Period 7:
    1890 β†’ Closure of the West.
    1945 β†’ End of WWII.
  • Period 8:
    1945 β†’ See above.
    1980 β†’ Election of Reagan.
  • Period 9:
    1980 β†’ See above.
    Present.

So, I hope this will help you understand why some of the dates are the way they are. These are a very good start to memorizing dates for the exam.

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