World history


  • England sends first ships to the New World

    England sends first ships to the New World
    Christopher Newport sails three English ships with supplies and about a hundred colonists over to present day Virginia.
  • Jamestown Established

    Jamestown Established
    In the spring of 1609, the first new world colony, Jamestown was founded.
  • Tobacco Planted in Jamestown

    Tobacco Planted in Jamestown
    In the year of 1616, the colonists of Jamestown discovered the crop of Tobacco. Tobacco will not only end up creating and increasing trade between England and the Americas, but it is also credited with the saving of Jamestown!
  • The Start of Slavery in the New World

    The Start of Slavery in the New World
    In the summer of 1619, the first slave ship, called White Lion, came over from the continent of Africa and settled in Virginia. Although the ship only had 20-30 slaves, it marked the beginning of a long, blood red trail through American history.
  • The House of Burgesses

    The House of Burgesses
    In the year 1619, the House of Burgesses was the first democratically elected legislative body in the Americas. Mainly made up of rich, white, land-owning males, the House of Burgesses contrasted the already existing monarchy in England.
  • Harvard College Founded

    Harvard College Founded
    Harvard was officially founded by a vote of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The group ordered for the new collegiate school to be located in Newetowne (later named Cambrige).
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    In 1675, Nathaniel Bacon got tired of the Native Americans taking up land. When the mayor wouldn't help Bacon get more land from the Indigenous tribes, Bacon put together an "army" with indentured servants and white males. Together, they burned Jamestown to the ground. this rebellion, although odd, cleared the path for slavery. Once the colonists realized Indentured servants still had rights, they focused more on slaves who didn't have rights and therefore could not rebel.
  • King Philip's War

    King Philip's War
    After being disrespected by the colonists, the allied Indigenous tribe began to fight back. Unfortunately, the unrest ended with the Indigenous tribe leader's head on a stick. The colonies fought this war on their own, and that single factor made many groups realize that they could be independent from Britain. Revolution was stirring.
  • Schenectady Massacre

    Schenectady Massacre
    Over 200 frenchmen and allied indigenous warriors attacked the unguarded community of Schenectady, New York. As many as 60 people were killed and many fled into the woods.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    Two girls, Betty and Abigail, claimed to see and feel witchcraft from three people in Salem, Massachusetts. The whole town woke in riot and then began the manhunt for those who were witches. As a result of this time of mayhem, 25 people were killed, and the girls were never questioned or punished.
  • Yale Founded

    Yale Founded
    It was the dream of John Davenport, the religious leader of the colony, to establish a theocracy college to educate future leaders. First started in Abraham Pierson's house, it was moved to Saybrook in 1701.
  • Blackbeard's Death

    Blackbeard's Death
    After being chased by the JANE, Blackbeard was killed when the crew of the JANE tricked him by faking their deaths on the deck of the ship. Once Blackbeard boarded the ship to observe the success of his cannons, he was met by a surprise attack where he was fought at close range. Once the 6 minutes of fighting ceased and the smoke cleared away, Blackbeard lay dead.
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    First great Awakening

    The Great Awakening was a revitalization of religious piety that swept through the American colonies. Through this period, multiple minority denominations were strengthened, and the ideological ideals of Christianity swept the world.
  • Industrial Revolution Kicks Off

    Industrial Revolution Kicks Off
    New ideas of technology and the shift to mechanical processes swept through all of Europe. Later, this revolution will sweep through the Americas and is responsible for shaping much of the world we know today.
  • Boston Tea Party

    On a cold evening, the Sons of Liberty, an undercover activist group, dressed up as Native Americans and dumped thousands of pounds of tea into the Boston harbor. This act of protest was inspired by the harsh taxes that were being imposed on the colonists by Great Britain.
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    American Revolution

    This war took place between Britain and the Colinies. In a war for American Independence, the colonies revolted against the the British's harsh taxes. The "shot heard round the world" officially kicked off the revolution. Eventually, the American colonies would come out on top and win independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    This document, unanimously signed by the 13 United States of America, adopted by the Second Continental Congress, declared American Independence from Britain.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    These documents provided the United States with a beginning idea of a structured government. After paving the way for new ideas, the Articles of Confederation made room for the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the current form for U.S. Government.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The treaty of Paris not only recognized the independence of America from Britain, but it also ceded most of the territory east of the Mississippi River to the U.S.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    Containing the first 10 amendments of the U.S.Constitution, the Bill of Rights was ratified in December of 1791. Written by James Madison, the document stated the basic rights of colonists as well as the rules that were to be followed by both the government and the citizens.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana Purchase was the gaining of the territory of Louisiana from the French Republic. Sold for around $8 per sq/mi, the U.S. obtained 828,000 of land in middle America.
  • Haiti Gains Independence

    Haiti Gains Independence
    After gaining help from Britain during the Haitian Revolution, Haiti received independence from French imperial rule. Haiti was the first black country to win independence from a European power.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    This doctrine, delivered to Congress by James Monroe, warned European nations that the U.S. would not tolerate any more puppet governments or colonization in the Western Hemisphere. It stated that any intervention made by Europeans was a hostile act against the U.S.
  • Slavery Abolished in British Colonies

    In 1833, the Slavery Abolition Act was passed. This act freed more than 800,000 Africans in the Caribbean, South Africa, and a few in Canada.
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    The First Opium War

    The first Opium war was a series of military engagements fought between Britain and the Qing Dynasty. In order to get the Chinese to buy British goods, the British started sneaking Opium into China illegally. Eventually, addictions swept through the Chinese nation, and because of the sudden disturbance to their colony, they began to resist. The war ended with the Treaty of Nanking, which enabled free trade for Britain (they could trade whatever with whoever (including Opium)).
  • War with Mexico

    In May of 1846, the U.S. declared war on Mexico due to a dispute on land. President Polk accused Mexican troops of attacking Americans on U.S. soil, but Mexico claimed that the land was a Mexican territory and the Americans were the ones who were trespassing. Sam Houston said that when the U.S. annexed Texas, the U.S. became responsible for Texas' disputes with the Mexican government.
  • Gold Rush Begins

    Gold Rush Begins
    While building a mill for John Sutler, James Marshall noticed flecks of shiny metal left behind from running water. After the word spread about his findings, the rush to the mines began.
  • South Carolina Secedes from the Union

    South Carolina Secedes from the Union
    In retaliation of Lincoln's presidential election, the slave holding south had cries of disunion. They felt threatened by the non-slaveholding states in the Union. Their succession is a major component in the kicking off of the civil war.
  • Start of the Civil War

    Start of the Civil War
    At 4:30am, Confederate troops fired upon Fort Sumpter in Charleston Harbor. Later, Union forces surrender and mark the start of the Civil War.
  • Lincoln's Assassination

    Lincoln's Assassination
    Shortly after 10pm, John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box in Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C. and fatally shot Lincoln. As Lincoln slumped in his seat, Booth ran on the stage and escaped out the back door. Booth was caught after days of searching, and was shot as he tried to escape Union soldiers.