American History

  • Jamestown Settlement

    The Virginia Co. founded Jamestown in what we now know as Virginia. It was the first permanent settlement.
  • The House of Burgesses

    Because the Jamestown settlement was did not do well, the House of Burgesses was formed to create a more stable government . It was the first legislature in America.
  • Mayflower Arrives in America

    On this day the Pilgrims- who had sailed to America for religious freedom- arrived at Cape Cod. They wrote the Mayflower Compact, that was their plan for government.
  • The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

    The Pilgrims were being persecuted in Massachusetts for their beliefs, so they left and settled in Connecticut. They wrote The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut; the first written constitution in America.
  • Massachusetts Body of Liberties

    This document protected individual rights of the colonial people. By 1733, when all of the 13 colonies had been stablished, this document became a part of colonial law.
  • Navagation Acts

    These laws passed by the British restricted Americans and enforced mercantilism.
  • King Phillip's War

    This war was fought between King Phillip and Native Americans over the issue of expanding New England.
  • French and Indian War

    The war was between the French and the British over French territory in North America.
  • The Social Contract

    The Social Contract was written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It states that "man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains." Rosseau believed that the people should decide the way that they wanted to be governed.
  • Stamp Act 1765

    This law required Americans attach expensive tax stamps to newspapers and legal documents.
  • Boston Massacre

    British Soldiers in Boston fired at the crowd of colonist and killed five people.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Colonist dressed up as Native Americans and dumped 342 chests of British tea into the Boston Harbor. This act was a sign of rebellion against the Tea Act which raised taxes on tea.
  • First Continental Congress

    Colonist met in Philadelphia and sent a document to King George III demanding to have their rights restored.
  • Second Continental Congress

    The colonial leaders debate whether to be faithful to Britain or not.
  • Lexington and Concord

    These were the first battles in the Revolutionary War.
  • Common Sense

    This book was written by Thomas Paine, and it convinced many colonists to rebell against Britain
  • The Declaration of Independence

    Thomas Jefferson wrote most of the Declaration of Independence. On this date, America was truly idependent, She was her own country.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Britain surrenders to America, and they sign the Treaty of Paris which formally ended the War
  • Star Spangled Banner

    Francis Scott Key wrote the star spangled banner while watching the battle of Baltimore on an enemy boat. This poem went on to be our national anthem.