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BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the eighth day L. S. of March, in the forty-seventh year of the Independ

ence of the United States of America, Rev. Charles A. Goodrich, of the said District hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following-to wit: “ A History of the United States of America, by Rev. Charles A. Goodrich, with engravings.” In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled " An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.”


Clerk of the District of Connecticut. A true copy of Record, examined and sealed by me,


Clerk of the District of Connecticut.


PREFACE. SOME time since, the author published a History of the United States for schools, the plan of which, though novel, met with general approbation. Encouraged by this sanction of a work, originally offered with much diffidence, the author ventures to bring before the publick the present volume, founded upon the work above mentioned, but somewhat expanded, both in respect to leading facts, and minute details.

As to the views which led the author to adopt a plan, ini treating a historical subject, so widely departing from precedent and authority, he would refer to his preface to the school book for an explanation. Whether these views will satisfy every one of the excellence of the plan, or not, it is hoped, that they may at least rescue the work from being classed with that deluge of publications, which inundate the country, and which seem to have no better origin than conceit, or pecuniary speculation.

For the benefit of the reader, who may not advert to the preface to the work already mentioned, the following explanation of the plan of this volume may be necessary. The principal object of dividing this history into periods was, to aid the memory, by presenting certain marked eras, from which the whole subject of dates may be readily and distinctly viewed. The engravings are designed to aid in securing this object.

Two sizes of type are employed. The matter in larger type is designed to give a brief outline of the history of the United States, and may be read in connexion. The matter in smaller type, distinguished from the larger, by this character, $, is to be regarded rather in the light of notes, which, without studying exact regularity, are thrown in, as they may subserve the purposes of illustration, and completeness in the delineation of events ; or as they may contribute to support the interest, and establish the recollections of the reader.


The Figures denote the pages.

Albany, settled, 20.
Andross, Sir Edmund, arbitrary government of, 45–71.
Aborigines, see Indians.
Agriculture, 65, 109, 141, 238, 248, 274, 283, 298, 342,

Arts and Manufactures, 65, 109, 141, 239, 250, 274, 283,

298, 342, 372.
Allen, Ethan, takes Ticonderoga, 158.
Army, American, disbanded, 234.
Arnold, Col. difficult enterprise of, 161 ; obtains command

of West-Point, 215; treachery of, 215; escape
of, 215; an attempt to take him, 217—223 ;
depredations in Virginia, 224 ; invasion of Con-

necticut, &c. 233.
Ackland, Lady Harriet, adventures of, 189—192.
Andre, Major, capture of, trial and death of, 215, 217.
Argus, captured, 318.
Adams, John, elected Vice President, 248; President, 272.
Amelia Island, notice of, 347.
Arkansas Territory, organised, 357.
Alabama, erected into a state, 358.

Boston, settled, 26; Port Bill, 154,
Bacon, rebellion of, 45.
Braddock, defeat of, 120.
Barrie, Col. speech of, 146.
Battle, of Lexington, 156 ; of Bunker Hill, 158; of Long-

Island, 172; of Brandywine, 177; of Germantown,
178; of Bennington, 180; of Saratoga, 181; of
Monmouth, 194 ; of Camden, 212 ; of the Cow.
pens, 225; of Guilford Court-House, 226; of Cam-
den, 227 ; of Ninety-six, 227; ofthe Eutaw Springs,
282; of Yorktown, 231; near Chilicothe, 259; of

Miami, 269 ; of Tippacanoe, 304 ; of Queenstown,
310 ; of River Raisin, 314 ; of York, 316 ; of

Plattsburg, 331 ; of New-Orleans, 334.
Bank, National Establishment of, 258 ; renewal of, 339.
Bills of credit, depreciation of, 200.
Burgoyne, Gen. appointed to command the British in the

North, 179; takes Ticonderoga, 179; defeated, 179.
Burr, Aaron, elected Vice President, 282 ; conspiracy of,
Belt, Little, attacks the President frigate, 303.
Baltimore, attack upon, 329.
Bill, Compensation, 348.


Columbus, voyage and discoveries of, 6--9.
Company, London and Plymouth, account of, 12-24.
Carver, John, first Governour of Plymouth, 22..
Charlestown, settled, 26 ; burned, 159.
Connecticut, settled, 27; first constitution of, 32 ; incorpo-

rated, 34.
Carolina, settled, 37 ; dissensions in, 73 ; sufferings of in

Queen Ann's war, 94 ; taken under royal protec-

tion, 98.
Crown Point, expedition against, 121,
Canada, surrender of, to the British, 139; invasion of, by

the Americans, 321.
Confederation, articles of, between the states, 174.
Credit, bills of, depreciation of, 200.
Congress, Continental, convened, 154; proceedings, 154 ;

meeting of, 160.
Congress, Provincial, of Mass. proceedings of, 157.
Champe, sergeant, story of, 218--223.
Clinton, Sir Henry, successful expedition of against Charles-

ton, 202 ; superseded, 234.
Cornwallis, defeat of, 231.
Convention of delegates to revise the federal system, 244;

Hartford, 332.
Constitution, Federal, presented to Congress, 244 ; epitome

of, 244--247 ; ratification of, 247 ; amendment of,

Clair, St. defeat of, 260.
Caramelli, Hamet, account of, 388.
Clinton, George, elected Vice President, 297.

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