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Arizona gain statehood on February 14, 1912 as the forty-eighth state in the union. There were several events that led Arizona to statehood. President William Taft vetoed the first document for Arizona to become a state because he did not believe that citizens should use recall to remove judges from office (SU, 2008). This essay will give a detail timeline of the events leading up to Arizona becoming a state and the adoption of the Arizona Constitution. Also, included in this essay is a brief history of the events that influence Arizona Declaration of Rights.

1756 1756-1763: War between the French and Indian( Seven Years War)

1776 A Spanish fort built in Tucson

1775-1783 The United States was created by the American Revolution War. They were fighting because of the taxes levy by the British.

1776 United States Declaration of Independence-July 4, 1776

1778 France made alliance with the American revolutionary forces after fighting against Britain

1783 United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783

1812-1815 America’s Independence was confirmed after the War of 1812 between United States and Great Britain

1821 Mexico gained military control of Arizona

1848 Through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo the United States won the Mexican War and gained all of Arizona

1853 United states gained the rest of Arizona by the Gadsden Purchase

1861 The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the beginning of the American Civil War which last from 1861-1865. Eleven states formed together to become the Confederate States of America

1862 Led by Cochise, the Apaches attacked soldiers at Apache pass which began a ten year war with settlers

1865 The Abolishment of Slavery, December 6, 1865, ratifi...

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