• Settlers

    250,00 settlers came to the English colonies.
  • First Colonial Newspaper

    We had the first colonial newspaper this year and Public Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic in Boston.
  • Colonial Economic Life

    The colonial economic life quickens.
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    Great Awakening

    Religious revival in the colonies in 1730s and 1740s; George Whitefield and Johnathan Edwards preached a message of atonement for sins by admitting them to God. The movement attempted to combat the growing secularism and rationalism of med-eighteenth century America.
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    French and Indian War

    Part of the Seven Years' War in Europe. Britain and France fought for control of the Ohio Valley and Canada. The colonies fought under British commanders. Britain eventually won, and gained control of all of the remaining French possessions in Canada, as well as India. Spain, which had allied with France, ceded Florida to Britain, but received Louisiana in return.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Approved by Congress on July 4, 1776, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, it formalized the colonies' separation from Britain and laid out the Enlightenment values.
  • British Defeated at Saratoga

    A turning point of the Revolution in October 1777, when an army of 6,000 British soldiers surrendered in New York. The American victory convinced the French to ally with the colonies and assured the ultimate success of independence.
  • French get Involved

    The French join the war against British.
  • Battle of Yorktown and Articles of Confederation Ratified

    A siege that ended in October 1781 when Washington trapped 8,000 British soldiers on a peninsula in Virginia after a British campaign in the southern colonies. Cons outweighed pros of Articles of Confederation so it was ratified.
  • Peace

    Peace treaty signed in Paris.
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    Northwest Ordinance of 1784, 1785, and 1787

    This law provided that the area north of Ohio be divided into three to five territories, and allowed a territory to have a governor, secretary, three judges, and a legislature if inhabited by 5,000 white males. The territory could apply to the U.S. government for statehood if it had 60,000 white males.
  • Annapolis Convention

    In this convention, states near the Chesapeake Bay area talked about the lowering of taxes and tariffs to increase trade between states.
  • Shay's Rebellion and Constitutional Convention

    Captain Daniel Shays led back country farmers in a rebellion because many people were losing their farms through mortgage, foreclosures, and tax delinquencies. Delegates from all states but Georgia met in Philadelphia to discuss the Articles of Confederation.
  • Federalist Papers Written and Constitution Ratified

    Federalists paper was made up of 85 essays that were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Many colonies refused to sign the Constitution until certain rights were added to the Constitution.
  • Washington and French Revolution Begins

    George Washington inaugurated as President of the United States. Reacting to the oppressive aristocracy, the French middle and lower classes overthrew the king and asserted power for themselves in a violent and bloody revolution.
  • Capital

    The capital was placed on Potomac River.
  • Citizen Genet

    French statesman who came to America in search of monetary aid.
  • Whiskey Rebellion and Indians Defeated at Fallen Timbers

    The small farmers of western Pennsylvania rose up in rebellion against an excise tax on whiskey. The last major conflict of the Northwest Territory Indian War between Native Americans and the United States.
  • Jay and Pinckney Treaty

    Jay treaty sought to settle outstanding issues between the two countries that had been left unresolved since American independence. Pinckney treaty established intentions of friendship between the United States of America and Spain.
  • Undeclared War with France and Alien/Sedition Act and Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

    Also known as the Quasi War fought almost entirely at sea between the United States of America and the French Republic from 1798 to 1800. Alien/Sedition acts, fearing an event like The French Revolution in America, this was passed by the Federalist Congress in 1798 and signed into law by President Adams. Measures passed by the legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky.