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Interminable War Timeline

The U.S. at War

The U.S.—from its inception to the present—is plagued by perpetual, endless military adventures in its pursuit of global hegemony. Our "Interminable War Timeline" project shows just that, a history of U.S. armed supremacy and its excesses and destructive powers, both domestically and internationally, and the long-term consequences that follow its tragedies.

We want to help build a world that favors peace.

Below is a timeline of wars, which we here define as armed, violent conflicts, whether declared by Congress or not, in which the U.S. was involved in any capacity.

Of its 245 years of existence, the U.S. has had 14 years of peace.

U.S. HISTORY

1775

1776

The Declaration of Independence of the United States is signed on July 4th, 1776.

American War of Independence (1775 - 1783)

Cherokee-American War (1776 - 1795)

1785

Northwest Indian War (1785 - 1795)

18TH CENTURY

1798

Quasi-War (1798 - 1800)

19TH CENTURY

First Barbary War (1801 - 1805)

1801

Congress passes the "Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves," officially abolishing the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

1808

1811

1812

1813

Tecumseh's War (1811 - 1813)

War of 1812 (1812 - 1815)

Creek War (1813 -1814)

1815

Second Barbary War

1817

First Seminole War (1817 - 1818)

1820

Texas-Indian Wars (1820 - 1875)

1823

Arikara War

1827

Winnebago War

Pennamite-Yankee War (1769 - 1784)

1783

Oconee War (1783 - 1796)

Peoria War

U.S. Expands Territory in West Florida

1814

U.S. Expands Territory in Florida

1825

Yellowstone Expedition

Black Hawk War

1811

1835

Texas Revolution (1835 - 1836)

Second Seminole War (1835 - 1842)

1830

Congressional passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830 begins a ten year-long program of forced Indian removal along the Trail of Tears.

1832

1818

1819

Anti-Piracy War (1818 - 1825)

Yellowstone Expedition (1819 - 1820)

1831

Sac and Fox Indian War

1834

Pawnee Indian Territory Campaign

1836

Second Creek War (1836 - 1837)

Cherokee Removal (1836 - 1838)

1837

Heatherly Indian War

Osage Indian War

1840

1841

U.S. Naval Forces Invade Fiji Islands

1846

Mexican-American War (1846 - 1848)

1847

1851

1855

Cayuse War (1847 - 1855)

Apache War (1851 - 1900)

1854

Bleeding Kansas (1854 - 1861)

Puget Sound War

Rogue River War

Third Seminole War (1855 - 1858)

Yakima War (1855 - 1858)

1856

Second Opium War (1856 - 1859)

Utah War (1857 - 1858)

1857

1858

Navajo Wars (1858 - 1866)

1861

1859

First and Second Cortina War (1859 -1861)

1860

Paiute War

The American Civil War

(April 12th, 1861 - May 9th, 1865)

Yavapai Wars (1861 - 1875)

1862

Dakota War

U.S. Naval Forces Invade Samoa

1843

U.S. Forces Clash with China

U.S. Troops Invade West African Coast

1849

1st Cavalry & Indian Skirmish

1850

1863

1864

1865

Colorado War (1863 - 1865)

Shimonoseki War

Snake War (1864 - 1868)

1866

The Reconstruction Era

(Dec 8, 1863 – Mar 31, 1877)

Red Cloud's War (1866 - 1868)

Powder River

1867

Comanche Campaign (1867 - 1875)

1853

Walker War

California Indian Wars (1850 - 1866)

Utah Indian Wars (1851 - 1853)

1st Cavalry & Indian Skirmish

Klickitat War

U.S. Forces Invade Uruguay

Tintic War

Conflict in Nicaragua

U.S. Forces Invade Uruguay

Mohave War

Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-Paloos War

U.S. Forces Attack Paraguay

U.S. Forces Invade Mexico

Kiowo-Comanche War

Cheyenne Campaign (1861 - 1864)

Goshute War

Utah's Black Hawk War (1865 - 1872)

Conflict in China

U.S. Invades Mexico

1st Cavalry & Indian Skirmish (1866 - 1868)

Franklin County War (1866 - 1872)

U.S. Troops Occupy Nicaragua

U.S. Troops Attack Taiwan

1872

Modoc War (1872 - 1873)

1868

Battle of Washita River

1871

Kingsley Cave Massacre

U.S. Forces Invade Korea

Mason County War (1874 - 1877)

Red River War (1874 - 1875)

Cypress Hills Massacre

U.S. Forces Invade Mexico (1873 - 1896)

Las Cuevas War

Colfax County War

San Elizario Salt War

Lincoln County War (1877 - 1878)

1876

Great Sioux War of 1876

Buffalo Hunter's War (1876 - 1877)

1877

Nez Perce War

1st Cavalry & Indian Skirmish

1883

Sino-French War (1883 - 1885)

Sheepeater Indian War

White River War

1879

1878

Cheyenne War (1878 - 1879

Bannock War

1891

Garza Revolution (1891 - 1893)

On December 29th, 1890, nearly 300 Lakota people at Wounded Knee Creek in southwestern South Dakota are killed by the U.S. army in what has been known as the Wounded Knee Massacre. It is often regarded as the end of the multi-century series of Indian Wars.

1890

Jim Crow South (1890 - 1965)

1886

Victorio's War (1879-1881)

Pleasant Valley War

1888

U.S. Shows Force on Haiti

Ghost Dance War (1890 - 1891)

Sioux Indian War ( 1890 - 1891)

1896

Yaqui Wars (1896 - 1918)

1893

U.S. Forces Invade Hawaii

1898

Spanish-American War

Second Samoan Civil War (1898 - 1899)

Moro Rebellion (1899 - 1913)

Boxer Rebellion (1899 - 1901)

1899

Philippine-American War (1899 - 1902)

1892

Johnson County War

Battle at Leech Lake

Chippewa Indian Disturbances

20TH CENTURY

1875

1874

1873

Border War (1910 - 1919)

Negro Rebellion

1914

Bluff War (1914 -1915)

First World War

(July 28th, 1914 - November 11th, 1918)

1918

Russian Civil War (1918 - 1920)

1923

Last Indian Uprising

The Chinese Civil War

(1927 - 1949)

 

1927

1939

Second World War

(September 1st, 1939 - September 2nd, 1945)

Two atomic bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan on August 6th and 9th, 1945.

1945

1946

First Indochina War

(December 19th, 1946 - August 1st, 1954)

The Cold War

(1947 - 1991)

 

1947

1948

The British Malayan Emergency

(1948 - 1960)

1954

Covert War in Guatemala