- The U.S. Congress Creates the Department of the Interior
March 3, 1849 Washington City, District of Columbia Native-Americans, Government
The idea of the formation of a U.S. Department of Interior laid in the back of the mind of the U.S. Congress since the ratification of the Constitution in 1789. However, in the months following the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, the proposal reasserted itself as the federal government and its responsibilities expanded enormously. As a result, in the second session of the 30th Congress on...