• The British East India Company is Established

    Elizabeth I grants a charter to merchants who had been trading to the East Indies, establishing the British East India Company.
  • Jamestown

    The colonists establish the first lasting British settlement in the New World and name it Jamestown.
  • Henry Hudson sails future Hudson River

    Henry Hudson anchored off the Manhattan Island and traveled up what would be called the Hudson River in order to find a way to the Far East.
  • House of Burgesses is Founded

    The first meeting was held between elected representatives from Virginia, establishing the House of Burgesses.
  • Plymouth

    The Pilgrims establish their first colony after landing in the New World and name it Plymouth
  • Boston Established

    John Winthrop selects the site for Boston, the first settlement in Massachusetts.
  • Charles I Execution

    Charles I is beheaded on a scaffold in London's Whitehall.
  • Abolition of the Monarchy

    Parliament votes to abolish the monarchy in England, calling it "unnecessary, burdensome, and dangerous" on February 7, 1649. The act was officially passed on March 17.
  • New Amsterdam Renamed

    The English Regime renames New Amsterdam to New York.
  • Louisiana is claimed for France

    Robert de la Salle sails the Mississippi River to its mouth claiming the region for France and calling it Louisiana.