ICONS: John Jacob Astor, War of 1812, Steamship USS Savannah
On June 23, 1810, John Jacob Astor founds the Pacific Fur Company. The success of this trading company would make him the United States' first multi-millionaire and even when adjusted for inflation, one of the richest men in American history.
Steam-powered ferry service between New York City and Hoboken, NJ, begins on October 11, 1811.
On November 6, 1811, American troops led by William Henry Harrison defeat the American Indian chief Tecumseh at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
A magnitude 8.3 earthquake (the strongest ever recorded in the continental United States) strikes near New Madrid, MO, temporarily reversing the course of the Mississippi River on February 2, 1812.
On September 23, 1815, the "Great September Gail of 1815" begins in New England, marking the first hurricane (a category 3) to strike the region since 1635.
Construction begins on the Erie Canal in Rome, NY, on July 4, 1817.
British soldiers burn the White House and other government buildings on August 24, 1814.
Francis Scott Key writes "The Star Spangled Banner" while witnessing the September 13-14, 1814, bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.
The thirteen stars and stripes configuration of the U.S. flag is officially adopted by Congress on April 4, 1818.
The American steamship "Savannah" crosses the Atlantic Ocean in 29 days.
Thomas Jefferson founds the University of Virginia on January 25, 1819.
The first installment of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle appears in the May 1819 edition of The Sketch Book.
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