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Settlers seeking land

Settlers seeking land moved into the Northwest Territory, adding new states to the nation.

"I had gained the summit . . ." from Z.F. Smith, The History of Kentucky, 1886.

Courtesy Kentucky Historical Society

Settlers seeking land

Images of the Era: 1789-1815

During its first quarter century, the new United States government had to find its way in the world while attending to the nation’s business. Leaders met with Indian nations and faced often-hostile relations with European powers while coping with conflicts between emerging political parties and working out relationships among the three new branches of government.