• The House of Burgesses Passed its First Slave Code.

    This code condemned countless men, women, and children to a lifelong role of slavery. Masters, now, were not to blame for the murder of their slaves, however, if a black citizen were to attack a colonist, they were to be severely whipped. This law enabled masters to earn a profit from their slaves as well as being able to keep a close watch on them.
  • The Stono Rebellion Occurred.

    While planters were at church, a large group of slaves headed towards Spanish Florida. On their way, they burned plantations and killed many white settlers. Many of those who rebelled were captured and either executed or sold to sugar plantations in thee West Indies.
  • Slavery Became Legal in Every North American Colony.

    The final state to legalize slavery was Georgia and, after that, every state in the colony of North America partook in the legal activity of owning slaves. However, since slavery was now legalized, major conflict began to arise concerning freedom and race.
  • The Albany Congress

    At this convention, Benjamin Franklin proposed a plan of union for the British colonies in North America. The representative of this congress wished for the thirteen colonies to have a unified government.
  • The Seven Years War Began

    Fredrick II, from Persia and an ally to the British, invaded Saxony, a neutral state. From this, conflict amongst Great Britain and France began. This conflict arose when the British wanted to expand their land into North American territory that was claimed by the French.
  • The Unity of America was Celebrated.

    Those in America rejoiced as their fighting and dedication had paid off. Americans has never been more unified until then and realized that they were no longer citizens to Great Britain.
  • Parliament Passed Two Major Acts

    The British parliament passed the Sugar Act and the Currency Act. The Sugar Act was passed by the British so that they were able to pay for the Seven Years War. The British began to place taxes on sugar for Americans. The Currency Act restricted colonies from producing paper money.
  • Parliament Passed the Stamp Act

    To add to the previous acts Parliament placed on America, they also began to require that any printed documents had to have a stamp on it to show that it had been payed for. This tax was placed on items ranging from newspapers, legal documents, and playing cards.
  • 'Common Sense,' by Thomas Paine, was Published.

    This revolutionary was an inspiration to Americans to declare independence from Great Britain. To add, Paine also argued for America to create a democratic type of government for itself.
  • The Continental Congress Ratified the Articles of Confederation

    The Articles of Confederation was a written document that created the functions of the national government of the United States after declaring independence from Great Britain. The articles allowed each state one vote in Continental Congress. The articles are most known for what they did not allow: congress did not have power to collect taxes, regulate foreign or interstate commerce, or to establish a federal judiciary.