AP US History

  • Period: Jan 1, 1490 to

    APUSH Timeline

  • Oct 12, 1492

    Columbus landed in the Bahamas

    Columbus landed in the Bahamas
    Columbus landed in the Bahamas and was the first European to make contact with the America's. This is what made all of US history possible
  • Oct 31, 1517

    Protestant Reformation

    Protestant Reformation
    Martin Luther began the Protesetant reformation in 1517 when he nailed his 95 theses in Wittenberg, Saxony.
  • The Settlement of Jamestown

    The Settlement of Jamestown
    The English colonists made their first permanent settlement in Jamestown Virginia in 1607
  • French establish Quebec

    French establish Quebec
    The French founded Quebec and was led by Samuel de Champlain, also now as the "Father of New France."
  • Virginia House of Burgesses

    Virginia House of Burgesses
    The Virginia House of Burgesses first met in 1619, and it was established as the first colonial form of self-government.
  • Settlement of Plymouth Bay

    Settlement of Plymouth Bay
    A group of squatters settled an area outside of the charter for the Virginia Company and dubbed it Plymoth. This was also when the Mayflower Compact was signed.
  • Maryland was Established

    Maryland was Established
    The Maryland colony was established in 1634 by Lord Baltimore.
  • Fundamental Orders

    Fundamental Orders
    The Fundamental Orders were drafted a constitution for the Connecticut River Colony.
  • Barbados Slave Code

    Barbados Slave Code
    The Barboados Slave Code was adopted in the colonies in 1661 to provide a legal basis for slavery, prior to this, slaves were much like indentured servants.
  • King Phillip's War

    King Phillip's War
    King Phillip's War was a conflict between the colonists and the Indian Leader Metacom, called King Phillip by the colonists
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    Nathaniel Bacon and 1000 other Virginians rebelled against the Indian friendly policies of Governor William Berkely.
  • William Penn Establishes Pennsylvania

    William Penn Establishes Pennsylvania
    William Penn was gifted Pennsylvania by the crown in 1681 to pay off a debt to Penn's father.
  • The Dominion of New England

    The Dominion of New England
    King James delcared the Dominion of New England as a way to keep the colonists in line, removing most of their elected officials for appointed ones, but colonist rebellion caused this to scarcely last three years.
  • The Glorious Revolution

    The Glorious Revolution
    The purpose of the Glorious Revolution was to overthrow King James the second.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    The hunt for "witches" in Salem Massachusetts left 20 dead.
  • John Peter Zenger Case

    John Peter Zenger Case
    This case helped to establish the freedom of the pressby stating that any truth, not libel, may be printed in the media.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    This was a Royal Proclamtion made by the crown that prohibited colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Paxton Boys

    Paxton Boys
    The Paxton Boys marched on Philiadelphia with 250 men, shortly after their attack on a Native American Settlement.
  • Stamp Act Passed

    Stamp Act Passed
    Parliament passed the Stamp Act to help pay for the French and Indian War, it placed a tax on all paper goods and colonists were very resentful of it.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    A crowd of 60 Bostoners attacked 10 redcoats, the redcoats fired back and resulted in 11 casualties, cause EXTREME tensions between Britain and America.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    Bostonians dumped 17 million pounds of unsold tea into the Boston harbor, while dressed up like Indians, to protest Britain's tax on tea.
  • Bunker Hill

    Bunker Hill
    The colonists beat the British at the Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was finally approved by Congress on this date, ready to be sent to the King.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This is generally accepted as the turning point of the war for the colonists, who won the battle, along with an alliance with the French.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Congress agreed to implement the Articles of Confederation on November 15, 1777 to be the guide for running the new government. Unfortunately for them, the Articles were found to be an unsatisfactory constitution.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    George Washington and His Army forced British general Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown when he pinned him against the French fleet. Here, the British lose the war.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The English and the Americans met in France and agreed to peace on the condition that loyalists are not to be prosecuted and several other specific stipulations.
  • Land Ordinance of 1785

    Land Ordinance of 1785
    This stated how the territores to the west should be sold from the federal government and in what amount to help pay of the national debt from the war.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    George Washington was elected as the leader of the Constitutional Convention in which all states but Rhode Island sent representatives to discuss a new form of government for the country.
  • The North-West Ordinance

    The North-West Ordinance
    The Northwest Ordinance layed out the guidlines as for what it would take for a territory to become a state and join the people, like the number of men inhabiting the area.
  • Pinckney's Treaty

    Treaty with Spain, gave the United States the right of Deposit in the Port of New Orleans.
  • Barbary Pirate Incident

    Barbary Pirates declare war in 1807 but Jefferson does not. He does send the USS Philadelphia but it is captured, Stephen Decatur goes behind enemy lines to burn it to the ground.
  • Lousisiana Purchase

    Lousisiana Purchase
    The United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803. This doubled the size of the United States.
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    This case established the power of Judicial Review to ensure constitutionality. Reviewed by the supreme court justice John Marshall.
  • The Chesapeake Incident

    The American ship the Chesapeake was seized by the British within sight of the American coast, the British fired, took a deserted, and Marylander, and a slave.
  • Embargo Act

    This blockades all foreign trade, passed by Jefferson. It is passed in order to stop British Impressment..
  • Non-Intercourse Acts

    Reinstates all foreign trade, except for with Britain and France.
  • Macon's Bill #2

    An Act passed by Congress that said that the United States would lift its embargo on the first nation (England or France) that lifted its trade restrictions.
  • The War of 1812

    The War of 1812 was faught between the United States and Great Britain from 1812-1815. The British were attempting to assist the Native Americans in stopping American expansion north and west. Battles were faught both on land and naval battles at sea.
  • The Treaty of Ghent

    The treaty of Ghent was an armistice that ended the fighting between America and England, it was signed in Ghent Belgium.
  • Treaty of 1818

    This treaty allowed American fisherman to fish the waters of Newfoundland, Canada along with the Canadians.
  • Panic of 1819

    This is the first major financial crisis in the United States in which the United states found itself with a failing economy. Those in the manufacturing north proposed an increase on tariffs while those in the south propsed a decrease,
  • Florida Purchase Treaty of 1819

    Spained ceded its claim to Florida and promised not to pursue territory in Oregon if America would not attempt to take any land in Texas.
  • Land Act of 1820

    This made it cheaper to buy land out west and made investors pay with a down payment so it would be easier to finish payment back to the governent.
  • Monroe Doctrine 1823

    Monroe stated non-colonazation and nonintervention to European powers in his annual address to Congress.