The Start

  • Aug 21, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    Christopher Columbus sails across the Atlantic Ocean and reaches an island in the Bahamas in the Caribbean Sea.
  • James Town

    James Town
    Jamestown, Virginia, the first English settlement in North America, is founded by Captain John Smith
  • Slavery

    The first African slaves are brought to Jamestown. (Slavery is made legal in 1650.)
  • Pilgrims

    Pilgrims from England arrive at Plymouth, Massachusetts, on the Mayflower.
  • French Indian War

    French Indian War
    French and Indian War between England and France. The French are defeated and lose their lands in Canada and the American Midwest.
  • Taxes

    England places taxes on sugar that comes from their North American colonies. England also requires colonists to buy stamps to help pay for royal troops. Colonists protest, and the Stamp Act is repealed in 1766.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Boston Massacre: English troops fire on a group of people protesting English taxes, killing five.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Boston Tea Party: English tea is thrown into the harbor to protest a tax on tea.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    Fighting at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, marks the beginning of the American Revolution.
  • Declaration of independence

    Declaration of independence
    The Declaration of Independence is approved July 4 by the Continental Congress (made up of representatives from the American colonies).
  • General Cornwallis

    General Cornwallis
    British General Cornwallis surrenders to the Americans at Yorktown, Virginia, ending the fighting in the Revolutionary War.
  • Gathering of The Constitution

    Gathering of  The Constitution
    The Constitutional Convention meets to write a Constitution for the U.S.
  • The Constitution

    The Constitution
    The new Constitution is approved by the states. George Washington is chosen as the first president.
  • Louisiana Purshace

    Louisiana Purshace
    The U.S. makes the Louisiana Purchase from France. The Purchase doubled the area of the U.S.
  • Lewis and Clark

    Lewis and Clark
    Lewis and Clark explore what is now the northwestern United States.