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1700s - 1800s

  • Queen Anne's War

    Queen Anne's War
    Also called the War of the Spanish Succession
  • Massachusetts Destroyed

    Massachusetts Destroyed
    100 residents are abducted, a consequence of Queen Anne's War.
  • Anti-Miscegenation Laws Passed

    Anti-Miscegenation Laws Passed
    Laws restricting the travel of slaves and banning miscegenation are enacted in New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
  • Port Royal Captured

    Port Royal Captured
    British-Colonial troops captured Port Royal, Nova Scotia in Queen Anne's War.
  • Immigration from Germany

    Immigration from Germany
    3,000 German refugees settle near the Hudson River in New York to produce naval stores.
  • The Tuscarora

    The Tuscarora
    The Tuscarora Indian war breaks out in North Carolina
  • Queen Anne's War ends

    Queen Anne's War ends
    France yields Nova Scotia
  • Copernican Theory

    Copernican Theory
    Cotton Mather preaches a sermon in which he states his belief in the Copernican theory of the universe.
  • Yamassee Defeated

    Yamassee Defeated
    South Carolina settlers and their Cherokee allies attack and defeat the Yamassee.
  • Immigration from Scotland and Ireland

    Immigration from Scotland and Ireland
    Scots-Irish immigration begins, with most settling to western Pennsylvania.
  • New Orleans Founded

    New Orleans Founded
    French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Sallefound found New Orleans.
  • League of Six Indian Nations Treaty

    League of Six Indian Nations Treaty
    Virginia governor Alexander Spotswood negotiates a treaty with the League of Six Indian Nations
  • "History of the Dividing Line"

    "History of the Dividing Line"
    Col. William Byrd keeps a diary of his travels in determining the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina;
  • Horse Carriages Banned

    Boston bans horses and carriages from the "Commons"
  • The Great Awakening

    The Great Awakening
    Jonathan Edwards and others begin preaching fiery sermons to crowds in Northampton, Massachusetts.
  • Hat Act

    Hat Act
    To control hat production in the colonies.
  • Molasses Act

    Molasses Act
    A tax on a certain amount of molasses not made in Britain
  • Racism Sparks in New York

    Racism Sparks in New York
    John Van Zandt whips a slave to death sparking racial tension in New York.
  • Rockies Discovered

    Rockies Discovered
    Found by the French explorers Pierre and Paul Mallet.
  • Saratoga Burned

    Saratoga Burned
    French attack and burn Saratoga during King George's War.
  • Georgia revoke Slavery Laws

    Georgia revoke Slavery Laws
    Georgia colony revoke its prohibition on slavery in the colony, marking a legal recognition of slavery there.
  • Iron Act

    Iron Act
    To limit the production of finished iron products in the Colonies
  • Currency Act

    Currency Act
    Prohibiting issuance of money in the Colonies
  • Plan of the Union

    Plan of the Union
    Ben Franklin presents his "Plan of the Union" at the Albany Congress to break from England
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    France occupies Fort Duquesne
  • Battle of the Wilderness

    Battle of the Wilderness
    General Braddock's forces and colonials under Lt. Col. Washington lose to French/Indian forces
  • Seven Years War

    Seven Years War
    The French and Indian War spreads to Europe
  • Fort William Henry

    Fort William Henry
    French forces under Marquis de Montcalm have early success against British
  • Britian Takes Quebec

    Britian Takes Quebec
    Quebec surrenders to the British under Wolfe.
  • French Defeated

    French Defeated
    French surrender to the English at Montreal
  • Pennsylvania Canal

    Pennsylvania Canal
    Pennsylvania begins plans for a canal linking to western territories
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Officially concludes the Seven Year War
  • Lawyer James Otis

    Lawyer James Otis
    Publishes his views on taxation without representation
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Designed to raise revenue from the colonies rather than regulated trade
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Stamps must be on legal documents, presenting a revenue for the British.
  • Ben Franklin warning Revolution

    Ben Franklin warning Revolution
    Testifies before the Parliament against the Stamp Act urging a repeal.
  • Cumberland Gap

    Daniel Boone travels to the Kentucky territory through the Cumberland Gap.
  • California Colonized

    California Colonized
    Fr. Junipero Serra Mission at San Diego and eight others, hastening the colonization of California.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    When British troops arrive in Boston killing three Americans and wounding two others.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    One night colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians dump 342 casks of tea into Boston Harbor.
  • "Give me Liberty or give me Death"

    "Give me Liberty or give me Death"
    In a speech to the Virginia legislature, Patrick Henry encourages Virginians to arm themselves for war.
  • Ride of Paul Revere

    Ride of Paul Revere
    Alerting the patriots the British come by sea.
  • George Washington

    George Washington
    Named commander-in-chief of the Continental army.
  • Bunker Hill

    Bunker Hill
    British victory at Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • Declaration of Independance

    Declaration of Independance
    The document signed by 56 continental men declared independence from Britain.
  • Benedict Arnold

    Benedict Arnold
    Plans for the surrender of West Point found in his boot and confiscated by the Colonies.
  • French Victory of Chesapeake Bay

    French Victory of Chesapeake Bay
    Defeats the British fleet under Admiral Thomas Graves and gains control of Chesapeake Bay.
  • Thomas Jefferson appointed minister to France

    Thomas Jefferson appointed minister to France
    Replacing Benjamin Franklin.
  • Virginia Plan

    Virginia Plan
    The Federal Convention convenes in Philadelphia, James Madison's Plan become part of the U. S. Constitution, including a bicameral legislature, a federal judiciary branch, and an executive branch.
  • D.C.

    Washington, D. C. established as U. S. capital.
  • Jay's Treaty

    Jay's Treaty
    Providing the withdrawal of British forces from the Northwest Territory
  • George Washington Death

    George Washington Death
    George Washington dies at Mount Vernon.