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Events of 1838
- January 10 – A fire destroys Lloyd's Coffee House and the Royal Exchange in London.
- April 8 – Regular Atlantic steamship service begins with the SS Great Western.
- April 30 – Nicaragua declares independence from the Central American Federation (See Nicaragua's early history).
- The People's Charter is drawn up in the United Kingdom, demanding universal suffrage.
- Lord Durham and his entourage arrive in Upper Canada to investigate the cause of the 1837 rebellion in that province. This leads to Durham submitting the Durham Report to Britain.
- An insurrection breaks out in Tizimín, beginning the campaign for the independence of Yucatan from Mexico.
- May 26 – USA: The Cherokee Tribe is forcibly relocated in the Trail of Tears.
- May 28 – Braulio Carrillo is sworn in as Head of State of Costa Rica, thus beginning his second term in office.
- June 10 – 28 Aborigines are killed in the Myall Creek Massacre.
- September 7 – Grace Darling and her father rescue 13 survivors from the SS Forfarshire.
- October 1 – Supporters of Infante Carlos, Count of Molina, are victorious in the Battle of Maella during the First Carlist War.
- November 3 – The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce is founded (later renamed The Times of India in 1861).
- November 5 – The Central American Civil War begins with Honduras' separation from the Central American Federation.
- December – Pastry War: Mexico is invaded by French forces.