APUSH Timeline

  • Oct 19, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    This was when Christopher Columbus discovered the Bajama Islands and set up a trading post called Navidad. He also discovered some gold and sparked an interest in Europe to explore this New World.
  • May 4, 1493

    Bull of Demarcation

    Pope Alaxander VI proclaimed that there would be a line on the world. All lands west of the line, Spain could claim and all lands east of the line Portugal could claim
  • May 10, 1533

    French Exploration

    Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, explored Newfoundland and was the first to discover the St. Lawrence River.
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    The Great Migration

    This was when a flood of Puritans migrated to New England. They were on a quest for religious freedom.
  • Mayflower

    This was the day that the Mayflower Compact was signed. It was an agreement for an established government in Plymouth. It was the first established government in the New World.
  • Thanksgiving

    The pilgrims that landed in Plymouth had the first Thanksgiving as a celebration of surviving for a year in the New World.
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony

    After a couple of year of living in the New World, the people there had prospered and this colony was born.
  • Maryland's Royal Charter

    Maryland was officially given a royal charter and became a colony of England.
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    The Pequot War

    The Pequot Indians was a very powerful tribe in the Connecticut river valley. They wanted to have more power and started this war.
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    New England Confederation

    This was when the colonies of New England united against the Indians and gained even more importance during King Phillip's War.
  • Nathaniel Bacon's rebellion

    Nathaniel Bacon lead 1,000 Virginians in a rebellion against Governor Berkley. High taxes and low prices on tobacco lead to resentment against the Governor so the people had a rebellion. The rebels also attacked Indians. They drove Berkley from Jamestown and burned the capital.
  • Pennsylvania

    William Penn was an aritocrat that the king actually owed money to. The providence of Pennsylvania was created so that the king could get that money back. It was named after William Penn. It was advertised for settlers throughout Europe.
  • Unity of New Jersy

    East Jersey and West Jersey combined to make one big New Jersey.
  • Deleware's Assembly

    This was when Deleware was granted its own assembly. Before this, it was just closely associated with Pennsylvania.
  • Carolina Colony Splits

    This was when the colony called Carolina officially split and became North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Georgia

    This was when Georgia was founded. It was the last of the 13 colonies. It was named after King George II.
  • Treaty of 1748

    This was the treaty that ended King George's War. In the treaty, a major fortress to the colonies was given back to the French. This outraged the colonists.
  • The Proclomation Act

    This act was put into effect by the British in order to control the growing population of the colonists. This prohibited the colonists from settling west of the Appalachian mountains but this was very loosly enforced so the colonists payed no attention to it.
  • Sugar/Revenue Act

    This was a tax put into effect so that the British could pay back their debt from the French and Indian War. It was actually a waste of money for Britain because so many people were smuggeling.
  • Currency Act

    This prohibited the colonists from printing their own money. The colonists could only pay their taxes with the universal currency of gold and silver.
  • Stamp Act

    The British said anything that was printed needed a stamp that you could only buy from the British government and that violations to this act were to be tried in Admiralty Courts. This really made the colonists made and it was the first time every single colony was directly affected by one of Britain's acts.
  • Quartering Acr of 1765

    This act said that colonists had to house soldiers whenever they were told to. The colonial legislature also had to pay for it.
  • Townshend Act

    Britain was trying to get colonial governers and judges on the British pay roll so that they could control the colonies more. It also implemented a taz on lead, paint, glass and tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    An angry mob in Boston harrased a couple of British soldiers and caused them to fire shots into the crowd. This event exploded and infuriated the colonists.
  • Tea Act

    This was a tax on tea by the East India Trading Company. It actually reduced the cost of tea. But it still angered the colonists because they beleive that there should be "no taxation without representation."
  • Boston Tea Party

    This was when colonists, disguised as Indians, dumped ₤10,000 worth of tea into the Boston harbor as a protest to this. This event showed the south and the British that Boston wasn't to be messed with.
  • Intolerable Acts

    This was Britains response to the Boston Tea Party. Britain closed the Boston port by putting British war ships in the port and regulating who entered. They also wanted to have Boston pay for all the tea that was dumped.
  • Idea of Independence

    This was the date that the idea for the Declaration of Independence was officially adoped.
  • Declaration of Independance

    Document that stated that the US was a free country, independant of Britain. It was signed by founding fathers, written mostly by Thomas Jefferson, and discussed natural rights. It also mentions a list of greivances by the colonists against England
  • Richard Henry Lee

    Richard Henry Lee was the represenative of the south who supported the idea of independence. This was signifigant because the north generally agreed with independence but they needed the south to get on board.
  • John Adams

    This was when John Adams was elected as President.
  • French Revolution

    This was the day that France officialy declared war on Enland and the French revolution began. America sympathized with France because they just went through a revolution themselves.
  • Barbary Pirates

    North African sailors were harassing American ships in the Mediterranean Sea. America paid $1 million to the Barbary states to get them to stop. This lead to the development of the American navy.
  • Jay's Treaty

    This was a treaty created by the Americans reinterating that Britain needed to get out of the northern forts and that America would eventually pay off their war debt. All of this was supposed to happen over the course of two years.
  • Treaty of Greenville

    There were land disputes between the Indians and Americans. In this treaty, the Americans bought the land of Ohio from the Indians for $20,000.
  • Pickney's Treaty

    This treaty was an effect of Jay's Treaty. Spain thought there were more terms in Jay's Treaty and thought that America and Britain were forming an alliance. So out of fear of being attacked, they gave America use of the port in New Orleans.
  • Convention of 1800

    This was when America met with France and voided their alliance because America was in a state of armed neutrality.
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    Barbary Pirates War

    The Barbary pirates were harassing our ships, so we sent fleets of ships to the mettiterainian
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The US had to make a decistion about the right of deposit in New Orleans. So some represenatives went to Paris to negociate New Orleans. But they asked how much they would pay for ALL of the Louisiana territory. They ended up buying the whole thing.
  • The Chesapeake Incident

    An American ship was in sight of the US coast when a British ship stopped it and asked them if they could search the boat for British deserters. When the captain refused they searched anyway, taking away one British deserter, an African American, and a guy born in Maryland. This angered the Americans greatly.
  • Embargo of 1807

    This was the day that Jefferson cut America off from all trading world-wide. This backfired because he had assumed that America had more input into the economics of the world than it really did. Plus the people didn't like it because they could not buy or sell their goods.
  • War of 1812

    This war started because Britain was capturing America's ships and making the crews and making them serve in their navy, Britain was blocking off American ports, and Britain was saying that the only way to trade in Europe was to trade with them first. America was trying to stay neutral in the war happening between Britain and France but Britain was just egging them on so this was the day they officaly joined the war.
  • Battle of Lake Erie

    This was lead by Oliver Hazard Perry. Even though 80% of his sailors were killed, he was persistant and the Americans won this battle.
  • Battle of Thames

    This was a battle between the Americans and the tribe of Tecumseh. Tecumseh was the Indian resistance leader. He was also the leader of the Indian confederacy that was starting to form. The Americans quickly put an end to it though.
  • Battle of Horseshoe Bend

    This battle broke the Indian resistance in the southwest. The Americans were led by Andrew Jackson. It was an American victory.