17th Century America

  • Jamestown established

    Jamestown established
    First permanent English Settlement, almost failed due to starvation, disease, and conflicts with Natives.
  • Establishment of Quebec

    First French Settlement, primary focused on fur trade. Brought about numerous conflicts with Natives that greatly reduced Iroquois population.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    First Constitution in North America, was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. It was created to quell tension that had arisen after the mayflower had drifted to Cape Cod, instead of the Hudson river, which had thus made its original charter void. It unified the English Separatists and the rest of the travelers into forming a government and to follow all future laws and regulations of the colony.
  • Mayflower at Plymouth

    Mayflower at Plymouth
    The mayflower arrived at what would become the settlement of Plymouth after a grueling 66 day journey.
  • First Dutch Settlement

    First Dutch Settlement
    English explorer Henry Hudson would go on to claim the Atlantic Coast for the Dutch, where the first Dutch Colony, New Netherland, would come into place.
  • Massachusetts Body of Liberties

    First legal code established in New England
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    King Phillips War

    War between New England Colonists and Christian Natives, and local indigenous tribes. Deadliest war in Colonial America History. Set future conflicts and relations between English Settlers and Natives. Started after a Praying Indian, John Sassamon, was murdered by Wampanoags after warning colonists that King Philip (Metacomet) planned on attacking them. It would come to a close after Metacomet was shot and killed by John Alderman.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    First act of rebellion in the colonies. Started over a pig that was taken to settle a debt. Led to more conflicts with natives, as a militia led by Nathaniel Bacon seeked war with the Natives, the Governor refused to have more conflicts with the natives and arrested Bacon, who promptly resisted. He would go on to further conflicts with the Natives and would chase after Governor Berkley, and would lead to the burning of Jamestown.
  • Philadelphia Founded

    Philadelphia Founded
    Quakers would found the city of Philadelphia in 1685, and it would become the first planned city in New England.
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    Dominion of New England

    United New England Colonies into a single administrative unit that seeked to tighten control over the colonies, and limit its manufacturing ability.
  • Charter of 1691

    Made Massachusetts into a royal colony
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    A wave of hysteria would spread after a group of young girls in Salem claimed to be possessed by the Devil and accused several Woman of Witchcraft.