US History

  • Jamestown Colony Established

    Jamestown Colony Established
    Jamestown was the first colony to be established by the British. It was set up in Virginia.
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    Salutary Neglect

    This time period is from when Britain first established the Jamestown Colony, to when the Peace of Paris was signed in 1763 to end the French Indian war. During this time, Britain did not pay much attention to the colonies, and left them to their own devices.
  • Settlement of the Plymouth Colony

    Settlement of the Plymouth Colony
    This was settled by Seperatists and Puritan pilgrims from England. They struggled through the first winter, but eventually flourished.
  • Maryland Act of Toleration

    Maryland Act of Toleration
    This act was passed to allow toleration for all types of Christians in Maryland.
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    The Navigation Laws

    These laws limited the trading capabilities of the colonies, creating a negative feeling towards Britain.
  • NC and SC split

    NC and SC split
    The proprietors of each colony had a dispute, which caused the seperation of the Carolina colony into North and South.
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    The French and Indian War

    The start is the attack on Fort Necessity, the end is the signing of the Treaty of Paris. This war was over the land west of the Appalaichan Mountains, and it was between the French with Indian allies, and the British colonists.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    This act put a tax on sugar and molasses.
  • Stamp Act passed

    Stamp Act passed
    This was an act passed by Parliament that put taxes on all printed goods, even playing cards.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    These acts were passed to tax imports on glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre happened when a mob of protestors against British soldiers in Boston got so threatening to the soldiers, that they opened fir into the crowd, killing five Americans.
  • The Gaspee Affair

    The Gaspee Affair
    Leuitenant William Duddington, an enforcer of British trade law, was baited into shallows by a local heading to Providence. He wrecked, and locals from the area ganged up and captured him and his crew, and burned his boat. Parliament was outraged, but nothing could be done because the judges in America didn't like him either.
  • Tea Act passed

    Tea Act passed
    The Tea act was designed to make all tea be shipped by the floundering East India Company. This undercut the local merchants though, and was widely unfavored in the colonies.
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    First Continental Congress

    Their task was first to make the British understand their greivances, which they vowed to meet the following year if those greivances were not cured.
  • The Battle of Lexington Concord

    The Battle of Lexington Concord
    When General Gage of Britain went to seize an arsenal and arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams, he was met by "a countryside in arms."
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    The American Revolution

    The start is the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The end is the signing of the Treaty of Paris. This is a conflict between Britain and its American Colonies. The Americans wanted freedom, the British wanted control over the colonies.
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    Second Continental Congress

    During this time, the Declaration of Independence was created, and the Articles of Confederation on March 1. The meetings took place in different locations, and over different periods of time, but together they made the Second Continental Congress.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    The Battle of Bunker Hill
    The British attacked at Bunker Hill, and even though they took it, they had severe losses.
  • Olive Branch Petition approved by the Continental Congress

    Olive Branch Petition approved by the Continental Congress
    This was a petition that tried to make amends to England for previous acts taken, but it was rejected by the King.
  • Thomas Paine writes "Common Sense"

    Thomas Paine writes "Common Sense"
    This was a pamphlet that enforced the idea of revolution against Britain.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    The Continental Congress declared indepence from Britain on this day. The paper form of this declared independence was scribed by Thomas Jefferson, and was called the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Battle of Saratoga

    The Battle of Saratoga
    This was the battle that showed the French that the Americans had a chance, and ultimately led to their alliance.
  • The Ratification of the Articles of Confederation

    The Ratification of the Articles of Confederation
    These were the Articles that were created to be a loose form of government, they limited the taxation and commercial regulation. All of the states ratified this.
  • Treaty of Paris signed

    Treaty of Paris signed
    This is the document that ended the Revolutionary war.
  • The Land Ordinance of 1785

    The Land Ordinance of 1785
    Congress surveyed off vast majorities of eastern territories to raise money for the US.
  • The Annapolis Convention meets

    The Annapolis Convention meets
    This was a meeting of delegates from 5 states who wanted to change the Articles of Confederation. They made a request to have a more broad meeting held, which was the Philidelphia Convention.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Daniel Shay, a veteran from the revolution, grew disgruntled about excessive taxes, so he led a rebellion to take an arsenal in Springfield. He was stopped by American militia at the arsenal, and was sentenced to death for treason.
  • The Nortwest Ordinance

    The Nortwest Ordinance
    This Ordinance opened up the land east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio to settlement.
  • The Connecticut (Great) Compromise

    The Connecticut (Great) Compromise
    This was a plan created during the Constitutional Convention that evened out the plans from the large and small states. This created the bicameral legislature with different types of representation.
  • The Constitution of the United States is adopted.

    The Constitution of the United States is adopted.
    The Constitution was the revisement of the Articles of Confederation, and is the supreme law of the US.
  • The Orders in Council

    The Orders in Council
    These orders issued by Britain required all trade to go through their ports. This created ill feelings within the colonies.
  • The Battle of Tippecanoe

    The Battle of Tippecanoe
    In this battle, Governor William Henry Harrison led the Americans into battle against the native american's under Tecumseh. Overall the Americans won, as they burned Prophetstown the next day. This created suspicion that the British were coaxing the natives into uprising.
  • Declaration of War (War of 1812)

    Declaration of War (War of 1812)
    This is the day that Congress declared war against Britain. The House vote ratio was 79:49, and the Senate ratio was 19:13.
  • The British take Fort Michilimackinac

    The British take Fort Michilimackinac
    This fort was taken in the war, before the defenders even knew that there was a war. The British victory managed to cause many of the unaffiliated natives in the area to join the cause of the British.
  • The British take Fort Dearborn

    The British take Fort Dearborn
    This is also called the massacre of Fort Dearborn. The Americans were leaving the fort to retreat from the Native Americans, and they were set upon by the Natives, and many men, women and children were killed.
  • The Battle of Lake Erie

    The Battle of Lake Erie
    This was a conflict on Lake Erie, between 9 American ships, and 6 British ships. Oliver Perry led the Americans into a victory. During the battle, his flagship the "Lawrence" was destroyed by the British. He iconically took the flag and transfered it over to the "Niagra". After he did that, the battle started to go in the favor of the Americans.
  • The Battle of the Thames

    The Battle of the Thames
    In this battle, 1300 British and Native Americans fought 3760 American militia. The significant Native American leader Tecumseh was slain in the fighting. The Americans achieved victory, and marched on to Moraviantown, a Native settlement that they burnt.
  • The Battle of Horseshoe Bend

    The Battle of Horseshoe Bend
    In this battle, Andrew Jackson led 2000 American Infantry to achieve victory over the 1000 Red Stick warriors, who were part of the Creek Indian tribe. This broke up the Natives' power in the southwest.
  • The Battle of Bladensburg

    The Battle of Bladensburg
    In this battle, 90000 American militia were summoned to fight the large British army. Only 7000 militia actually went, so they retreated, because the British had them vastly outnumbered. This led to the British burning of Washington DC.
  • The Battle of Plattsburg

    The Battle of Plattsburg
    In this conflict, British troops attacked Plattsburgh, a lakeside town, by water and land. Thomas Macdonough fended off the water attack, and Alexander Macomb fought the land battle.
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    The Hartford Convention

    New English Federalsists made this convention to attempt to reform the current government. Their attempts failed to work.
  • The Battle of New Orleans

    The Battle of New Orleans
    This battle was a major victory for the Americans. They fought a larger British force, and roundly beat them. The British attacked with 11000, but they attacked the entrenched Americans directly resulting in a huge loss. Little did either side realize, the Treaty of Ghent had already been signed.
  • The Signing of the Treaty of Ghent

    The Signing of the Treaty of Ghent
    This treaty ended the War of 1812. This treaty favored neither side, and gave bac conquered territories to both.
  • Rush-Bagot Treaty

    Rush-Bagot Treaty
    This treaty created the unfortified border between the US and Canada. It is the largest of such borders in the world.
  • The Boundaries Convention of 1818

    The Boundaries Convention of 1818
    This convention created the 49th parallel as the boundary from the Great Lakes to the Rockies.
  • The Emancipation Proclomation

    The Emancipation Proclomation
    Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation goes into effect this day. Its purpose was to raise the morale in the North by making slavery the cause of the war rather tha unification. Lincoln also wanted to gain anti-slavery foreign countries' support with this proclomation.