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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 18th century19th century20th century
Decades: 1800s 1810s 1820s1830s1840s 1850s 1860s
Years: 1830 1831 1832 1833 1834 1835 1836 1837 1838 1839
Categories: BirthsDeathsArchitecture

The 1830s decade ran from January 1, 1830 to December 31, 1839.


  • Politics and wars 1
    • Pacific Islands 1.1
    • East Asia 1.2
      • China 1.2.1
      • Japan 1.2.2
    • Southeastern Asia 1.3
      • Vietnam 1.3.1
    • Australia and New Zealand 1.4
    • Southern Asia 1.5
    • Western Asia 1.6
    • Eastern Europe 1.7
      • Poland 1.7.1
    • Northern Europe 1.8
      • United Kingdom 1.8.1
        • Royalty
        • Politics and Law
    • Western Europe 1.9
      • Germany 1.9.1
      • Austria 1.9.2
      • Switzerland 1.9.3
      • Belgium 1.9.4
      • France 1.9.5
    • Southern Europe 1.10
      • Ottoman Empire (Balkans) 1.10.1
      • Greece 1.10.2
      • Italian Peninsula 1.10.3
      • Spain 1.10.4
      • Portugal 1.10.5
    • Africa 1.11
      • French conquest of Algeria 1.11.1
    • North America 1.12
      • Canada 1.12.1
      • United States 1.12.2
        • Slavery
        • Settlement
        • Native Americans
        • Presidents
        • Supreme Court
        • Other
      • Texas 1.12.3
      • Mexico 1.12.4
      • Nicaragua 1.12.5
      • Costa Rica 1.12.6
      • Puerto Rico 1.12.7
      • Honduras 1.12.8
    • South America 1.13
      • Brazil 1.13.1
      • Riograndense Republic 1.13.2
      • Uruguay 1.13.3
      • Argentina 1.13.4
      • Falkland Islands 1.13.5
      • Peru 1.13.6
      • Ecuador 1.13.7
      • Chile 1.13.8
  • Science and Technology 2
    • Astronomy 2.1
    • Mechanical Engineering 2.2
    • Photography 2.3
    • Electricity 2.4
    • Telegraph 2.5
    • Computers 2.6
    • Chemistry 2.7
    • Biology 2.8
    • Archaeology 2.9
    • Sociology 2.10
    • Transportation 2.11
      • Rail 2.11.1
      • Flight 2.11.2
      • Automobile 2.11.3
      • Steamships 2.11.4
  • Economics 3
  • Popular culture 4
    • Literature 4.1
    • Theatre 4.2
    • Music 4.3
    • Sports 4.4
    • Fashion 4.5
  • Religion 5
  • Disasters, natural events, and notable mishaps 6
  • Establishments 7
  • People 8
    • World leaders 8.1
  • External links 9
  • References 10

Politics and wars

Pacific Islands

East Asia


Lin Zexu supervising the destruction of opium in 1839

China was ruled by Daoguang Emperor of the Qing Dynasty during the 1830s. The decade witnessed a rapid rise in the sale of opium in China,[2] despite efforts by Daoguang to end the trade.[3] A turning point came in 1834, with the end of the monopoly of the British East India Company, leaving trade in the hands of private entrepreneurs. By 1838, opium sales climbed to 40,000 chests.[2][4] In 1839, newly appointed imperial commissioner Lin Zexu banned the sale of opium and imposed several restrictions on all foreign traders. Lin also closed the channel to Canton, leading to the seizure and destruction of 20,000 chests of opium.[5] The United Kingdom retaliated, seizing Hong Kong on August 23 of that year, starting what would be known as the First Opium War. It would end three years later with the signing of the Treaty of Nanking in 1842.


Southeastern Asia


Australia and New Zealand

Southern Asia

Western Asia

Eastern Europe


Northern Europe

United Kingdom

June 20: Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1837–1901).

In 1830, United Kingdom. Upon his death in 1837, his 18-year-old niece Queen Victoria acceded to the throne. where she would reign for more than 63 years.[7] Under Salic law, the Kingdom of Hanover passes to William's brother, Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, ending the personal union of Britain and Hanover which has persisted since 1714. Queen Victoria took up residence in Buckingham Palace, the first reigning British monarch to make this, rather than St James's Palace, her London home.[8]

Politics and Law

The United Kingdom had four prime ministers during the 1830s. As the decade began, Tory Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington led parliament. Wellington's government fell in late 1830, failing to react to calls for reform.[9] The Whigs selected Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey to succeed him, who led passage of many reforms, including the Reform Act 1832, the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 (abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire), and the Factory Acts (limiting child labour).

In 1834 Grey retired from public life, leaving Lord Melbourne as his successor. Reforms continued under Lord Melbourne, with the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834, which stated that no able-bodied British man could receive assistance unless he entered a workhouse. King William IV's opposition to the Whigs' reforming ways led him to dismiss Melbourne in November and then appoint Sir Robert Peel to form a Tory government. Peel's failure to win a House of Commons majority in the resulting general election (January 1835) made it impossible for him to govern, and the Whigs returned to power under Melbourne in April 1835. The Marriage Act 1836 established civil marriage and registration systems that permit marriages in nonconformist chapels, and a Registrar General of Births, Marriages, and Deaths.[10][11]

There were protests and significant unrest during the decade. In May and June 1831 in Wales, coal miners and others rioted for improved working conditions in what was known as the Grand National Consolidated Trades Union, an early attempt to form a national union confederation. In May 1838, the People's Charter was drawn up in the United Kingdom, demanding universal suffrage. Chartism continued to gain popularity, leading to the Newport Rising in 1839, the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.

In 1835, James Pratt and John Smith were hanged outside Newgate Prison in London after a conviction of sodomy, the last deadly victims of the judicial persecution of homosexual men in England.[12]

Western Europe






Southern Europe

Ottoman Empire (Balkans)


Italian Peninsula




French conquest of Algeria

In 1830, France invaded and quickly seized Ottoman Regency of Algiers, and rapidly took control of other coastal communities. Fighting would continue throughout the decade, with the French pitted against forces under Ahmed Bey at Constantine, primarily in the east, and nationalist forces in Kabylie and the west. The French made treaties with the nationalists under `Abd al-Qādir, enabling them to capture Constantine in 1837. Al-Qādir continued to give stiff resistance in the west, which lasted throughout the decade (and well into the 1840s, with Al-Qādir surrendering in 1847).

North America


United States

United States territories and states that forbade or allowed slavery, 1837.
Native Americans
Supreme Court




Costa Rica

Puerto Rico


South America


  • April 7, 1831Pedro I abdicates as emperor of Brazil in favor of his 5-year old son Pedro II, who will reign for almost 59 years.
  • November 7, 1831 – Slave trading is forbidden in Brazil.
  • 1834 – In the Empire of Brazil, the Additional Act provides:
    • Establishment of thr Provincial Legislative Assembly
    • Extinction of the State Council
    • Replacement of the Regency Trina
    • Introduction of a direct and secret ballot.

Riograndense Republic



Falkland Islands




Science and Technology


Mechanical Engineering


L’Atelier de l'artiste. An 1837 daguerreotype by Louis Daguerre, the first to complete the full process.


Many key discoveries about electricity were made in the 1830s. Electromagnetic induction was discovered independently by Michael Faraday and Joseph Henry in 1831; however, Faraday was the first to publish the results of his experiments.[21][22] Electromagnetic induction is the production of a potential difference (voltage) across a conductor when it is exposed to a varying magnetic field. This discovery was essential to the invention of transformers, inductors, and many types of electrical motors, generators and solenoids.[23][24]

In 1834, Michael Faraday's published his research regarding the quantitative relationships in electrochemical reactions, now known as Faraday's laws of electrolysis.[25] Also in 1834, Jean C. A. Peltier discovered the Peltier "effect", which is the presence of heating or cooling at an electrified junction of two different conductors. In 1836, John Daniell invented a primary cell in which hydrogen was eliminated in the generation of the electricity.





Darwin's voyage aboard HMS Beagle.






  • May 24, 1832 – Francois Arban, early French balloonist makes his 1st ascent.[34]




Popular culture






  • Innovations in roller printing on textiles introduced new dress fabrics.
  • Broad, exaggerated sleeves for women and padded shoulders for men contrasted a narrow, idealized waist.
  • Brocades come back into style.
  • Low boots with elastic insets appear.
  • Greatcoats, overcoats with wide sleeves, become fashionable for men to wear with day wear.


Disasters, natural events, and notable mishaps



World leaders

  1. Fath Ali Shah, 1797–1834
  2. Mohammad Shah Qajar, 1834–1848
  1. Akbar II 1806–1837
  2. Bahadur Shah Zafar 1837–1858

External links

  • The Aftermath of the Rebellions — The Rebellions of 1837–1838 : the most dramatic political event in Canadian history


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