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  • Jamestown founded

    Jamestown founded
    First English settlement
  • First Thanksgiving Celebration

    First Thanksgiving Celebration
    William Bradford and the First Thanksgiving. As was the custom in England, the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest with a festival.
  • The House of Burgesses

    The House of Burgesses
    The first representative assembly in America meets for the first time in Virginia. The first African slaves are brought to Jamestown.
  • Transatlantic slave trade

    Transatlantic slave trade
    First African American slaves brought to the United States, The transatlantic slave trade involved the purchase by Europeans of enslaved men, women, and children from Africa and their transportation to the Americas.
  • Plymouth Colony

    Plymouth Colony
    The founding of Plymouth in Massachusetts, many of the passengers aboard the Mayflower were inspired to come to the New World in search of religious freedom.
  • Indian Massacre of 1622

    Indian Massacre of 1622
    At first, the natives were glad to trade provisions to the colonists for metal tools, but by 1609 the English governor, John Smith, had begun to send raiding parties to demand food. This earned the colonists a bad reputation among the Native Americans and precipitated the conflict that led to the Indian Massacre.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    Parliament passes petition of right, no arbitrary arrests or imprisonment, and no soldiers would be quartered in private homes.
  • Harvard College founded

    Harvard College founded
    Cambridge, MA
  • Mercantilism

    Fueled the Navigation Acts. During Great Britain's mercantilist period, colonies faced periods of inflation and excessive taxation, which caused great distress.
  • Jewish Settlement

    Jewish Settlement
    Jewish people begin to settle in American colonies
  • Navigation Act

    Navigation Act
    The Navigation Act was passed by the British Parliament. These acts were designed to tighten the government's control over trade between England, its colonies, and the rest of the world.
  • Renaming of New York

    Renaming of New York
    The English seized New Amsterdam and renamed it New York1
  • Indian War

    Indian War
    More than 1,000 colonists and 3,000 Indians had died. More than half of all New England towns were attacked by Indian warriors, and many were completely destroyed.
  • Jamestown Burning

    Jamestown Burning
    Bacon's Rebellion had an impact on the turning of Jamestown
  • Pennsylvania

    William Penn formed the religious tolerant colony of Pennsylvania.
  • France claims the lower Mississippi River Valley

    France claims the lower Mississippi River Valley
  • Salem Witch Trials begin

    Salem Witch Trials begin
    Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft.