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Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada.
December 31, 2012
Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico for 10M to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest.
December 30, 2012
The Treaty of New Echota is signed, giving all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
December 29, 2012
Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state.
December 28, 2012
On the HMS Beagle Charles Darwin sets out on the Pacific on an expedition which will later help shape his theory of evolution.
December 27, 2012
As a result of Austria’s defeat to Napoleon’s French Army, the fourth Treaty of Pressburg is signed.
December 26, 2012
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