1600-1700 Timeline

  • Jamestown is founded

    Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the United States. This marked the beginning of colonization in America by the British.
  • Quebec is founded

    Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain and allowed France to have a foothold in the new world. This was their first major settlement in the area and later led to France having control of Canada (at the time known as New France) for centuries and led to them having the Louisiana Territory in America. This later lead to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 which gave America what used to be France’s land for 15 million dollars.
  • Henry Hudson discovered the Hudson River

    Henry Hudson found the Hudson River and claimed modern-day New York for the Dutch.
  • Santa Fe is founded

    Santa Fe, NM is founded by Spaniards. Santa Fe is the first permanent English settlement in the Southwest.
  • The House of Burgesses is founded

    The House of Burgesses was founded in Jamestown. This was a group of white men who had been put together that met in Jamestown. This marked an important start in US history because it was the first democratic assembly in the New World.
  • First slave trade in America

    Eight slaves were sold to Jamestown from a Dutch ship. These are the first slaves sold in America, leading to the troubling practice of slavery in America.
  • Plymouth is founded

    The Mayflower landed and the Puritans onboard founded Plymouth.
  • People settle in New York

    John Davenport, Theophilus Eaton, and other supporters of the Puritan faith settled in the Quinnipiac River Valley (New Haven) area of Connecticut
  • Sugar in the Caribbean

    British settlements in the Caribbean began cultivating sugar. This became a huge source of profit for the British and took the Atlantic World by storm.
  • New Havenport

    New Havenport is officially recognized with Theophilus Eaton as their first governor.
  • Virginia passes law about enslaved women's children

    Virginia passed a law stating that all children born to enslaved women inherited their mother's condition. This was a monumental shift towards what slavery was going to become, taking away any hope of freedom for slaves.
  • New Amsterdam changes to New York

    New Amsterdam was taken into English control and renamed New York. New York would go on to be one of the most important states in the founding of the United States, hosting many committees and for a short while having Albany, NY as the capital of the US.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon’s Rebellion occurred. This rebellion started apparently over a pig, but the tension had been rising prior to the rebellion because the British Colonists believed that the Native Americans and Catholics were trying to destroy English America.