1600-1700 Timeline

  • Founding of Jamestown

    Founding of Jamestown
    The first English settlement, Jamestown was founded in Virginia
  • Slavery Brought to America

    Slavery Brought to America
    In 1617, the first slaves are imported into Jamestown, Virginia.
  • Tobacco Sent to England

    Tobacco Sent to England
    In 1617, Jamestown sent its first cargo of tobacco to England. The sale of tobacco saved Jamestown financially.
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    The first representative assembly of America, the House of Burgesses, meet in Virginia for the first time.
  • Mayflower and Pilgrims

    Mayflower and Pilgrims
    The Mayflower comes to Cape Cod with first pilgrims ready to colonize the land. the Pilgrims establish the Plymouth Colony.
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony

    Massachusetts Bay Colony
    Ships from English leave to establish the foundation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Massachusetts Legalizes Slavery

    Massachusetts becomes the first colony to legalize slavery.
  • New Amsterdam

    English seize the Dutch colony New Amsterdam and rename it New York.
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    King Phillip’s War

    War between indigenous inhabitants and English Colonists.
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    Bacon’s Rebellion

    The first rebellion led by Nathaniel Bacon against the colonial government specifically Colonial Governor William Berkeley. This rebellion was due to different ideas on how to handle the Native Indians.
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    British Glorious Revolution

    This was the deposition of King James II in England. This revolution was bloodless and peaceful but nonetheless important because it led to the establishment of an English nation that limited the power of the king and provided protections for English subjects.
  • Bill of Rights 1689

    These were written for English and were a landmark Act in the constitutional law of England that sets out certain basic civil rights and clarifies who would be next to inherit the Crown.