Ch 20: Washington State History

About This Chapter

Study the history of Washington State with this comprehensive online history chapter. The chapter can help you learn or review historical information about the state for any academic need, including upcoming exams, homework assignments, projects, essays and more.

Washington State History - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains entertaining and informative lessons that cover the history of Washington State. After reviewing the history of the United States' expansion toward the West Coast, you'll take a look at Washington's history from several historical perspectives. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Identify early U.S. settlements
  • Detail the Northwest expansion
  • Contextualize the Oregon Trail and America's westward migration
  • Discuss the early political, economic and social developments of Washington State
  • Explain how Washington became a state
  • Describe Washington's industrialization process

Each lesson is taught by an expert history instructor who uses an approachable and simplified teaching style. The lessons are also designed to be short and concise, which helps you quickly move through the chapter. Following each lesson is a short quiz that can help you reinforce your understanding of the material. Take the chapter exam when you're finished with the lessons, and feel free to submit questions to our experts if you need any extra help.

5 Lessons in Chapter 20: Washington State History
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Northwest Expansion & Settlement in the Early United States

1. Northwest Expansion & Settlement in the Early United States

The Pacific Northwest holds an interesting place in American history because it was claimed by both the United States and Great Britain. This is the story of how the territory that would become the states of Oregon and Washington and Idaho was claimed by the United States and settled.

The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

2. The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

Throughout the first half of the 19th century, the United States expanded its borders all the way to the Pacific Ocean, fulfilling its manifest destiny. Find out about the reasons people wanted this land, the path that took them there and the politicians who supported it all.

Early Social, Economic & Political Developments in Washington

3. Early Social, Economic & Political Developments in Washington

Washington first became a state in 1889. But, between it becoming part of the United States and being admitted as a state, Washington had a fascinating history. In this lesson, we will examine the social, political and economic developments that marked early Washington.

How Washington Became a State

4. How Washington Became a State

How did the state of Washington get itself admitted to the Union? In this lesson we'll follow Washington's history from territory to statehood and see how this occurred.

Industrialization in the State of Washington

5. Industrialization in the State of Washington

The state of Washington has long been associated with certain industries, and there's a reason for this. In this lesson, we will explore the history of industrialization in Washington and examine the impacts of this change.

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