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American History Timeline

  • Founding of Jamestown

    Founding of Jamestown
    Jamestown was founded by John Smith for the purpouse of settling in America to provide riches for England. It is significant because it was the first colony of the new world.
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    The House of Burgesses, established by the Virginia Company, was the first sence of government in America. It's purpouse was to help make the colony's way of life more agreeable with certain rules and standards.
  • Founding of Plymouth Colony and Mayflower Compact

    Founding of Plymouth Colony and Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was the first government document created by the Plymouth Colony. They origionally set out for Virginia but got strayed to what is now Cape Cod.
  • Founding of Massachusetts Bay

    Founding of Massachusetts Bay
    Massachusetts bay was an English colony on the east coast of North America. John Winthrop had a great deal to do with the founding of this colony.
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    Pequot War

    The Pequot War was a war between the Pequot tribe against an alliance of the Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, and Saybrook colonies and their alliance of Native American Tribes. Hundreds were killed in this battle.
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    Salem Witch Trials

    Picture The Salem Witch Trials were a gruesome time in American History. Witchcraft was a huge speculation and people were tortured and killed for being accused of anything suspicious.
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    King Philip’s War

    King Philip's War was said to be the most devastating War between the colonists and the native Americans.
  • Bacon’s Rebellion

    Bacon’s Rebellion
    Bacon's Rebellion was a battle in which the British colonists became allies with a few Native American tribes, but after they killed their Native American enemies, they open fired at their allies.
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    French and Indian War

    Picture The French and Indian War was an extension of the Seven Years War. Through this war England strengthed its control over the continent.
  • Quatering Act

    Quatering Act
    The Quatering Act was an act that said that Britain could place a British soldier in a colonist's home and they had to provide them with their daily needs such as food.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act said that all of the colonists had to pay a tax on all papered goods such as stamps which very much upset the colonists and added to their frustration against Britain.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a very important event but it was very over exagerated in Paul Revere's carving which made it seem like the British soldiers "massacred" a great amount of colonists, when only 5 died.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The Tea Act actually did not pose any new taxes. It was more of an act to get the colonists to buy more British tea.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a result of the Tea Act any many more frustrations the colonists had towards the British. They boarded English ships and dumped tea overboard in a riot against them.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts, also known as the Coersive Acts included the Boston Port Act, Massachusetts Government Act, Administration of Justice Act, Quartering Act, and Quebec Act. These all added up and lead to the protests and riots against the British.
  • Lexington and Concord

     Lexington and Concord
    Lexington and Concord was the first militia based battle of the revolutionary war.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence, written by Andrew Jackson, was signed by 56 people declaring America's Independence from Spain.
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    Shay's Rebellion

    Shays rebellion happened when Shay led a group of 1100 men in attempt to sieze the arsenal in Massachusetts. This was because of the harsh economic situations the farmers had to face.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    The Constitutional Convention met in in Philadelphia in 1787 and made the United States Constitution. They discussed issues such as the New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Great Compromise, and 3/5 Compromise.
  • Judiciary Act 1789

    Judiciary Act 1789
    The Judiciary Act 1789 established the U.S federal Judiciary. It set the number of Supreme Court Justices at 6.
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    Second Great Awakening

    The Second Great Awakening was a Protestant revival in America. Babtist and Methodist preachers led the movement.
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    Whiskey Rebellion

    Farmers fought against the rising cost of alcohol during the presidency of George Washington.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

     Alien and Sedition Acts
    The Alien and Sedition Acts were acts that were created by the government to get rid of foreigners. The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions opposed these acts.
  • Revolution of 1800

     Revolution of 1800
    The Revolution of 1800 Jefferson's name of 1800 election. signaled changed from Federalists to Jeffersonians.
  • Marbury v. Madison

    Marbury v. Madison
    The 1803 case in which Chief Justice John Marshall and his associates first asserted the right of the Supreme Court to determine the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Midnight judges play a huge role in this decision that established the Court's power of judicial review over acts of Congress, (the Judiciary Act of 1789).
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    he 1803 purchase of the Louisiana territory from France. Made by Jefferson, this doubled the size of the US.
  • Embargo Act 1807

    Embargo Act 1807
    This act issued by Jefferson forbade American trading ships from leaving the U.S. It was meant to force Britain and France to change their policies towards neutral vessels by depriving them of American trade.
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    War of 1812

    The causes of the War of 1812 were a series of economic sanctions taken by the British and French against the U.S. as part of the Napoleonic Wars and American outrage at the British practice of impressment, especially after the Chesapeake incident of 1807. In 1812, with President Madison in office, Congress declared war against the British.
  • Election of 1816

    Election of 1816
    The Election of 1816 was the election in which James Monroe became president and was the beggining of the Era of Good feelings.
  • Election of 1824

    Election of 1824
    The election of 1824 was John Q. Adams vs. Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson lost the election yet the majority of the votes went to him, this event led to the corrupt bargain.
  • Election of 1828

    Election of 1828
    The election of 1828 was Andrew Jackson vs. John Q. Adams. Andrew Jackson became president.
  • Indian Removal Act 1830

    Indian Removal Act 1830
    The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was signed by President Andrew Jackson. It authorized him to negotiate with all Native Americans to push them out of their homelands, west of the Mississippi river. This act resulted in the Trail of Tears.
  • Nullification Crisis 1832

    Nullification Crisis 1832
    Jackson signed the Tariff of 1832. South Carolina did not like this and later the tarrif was deamed unconstitutional. The Nullification Ordinance was repealed on March 11, 1833.
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    Mexican-American War

    Picture The result of winning the Mexican-American War provided the United States with Mexico's western and northern provinces.
  • Texas Independence

    Texas Independence
    Texas' Independence from Mexico was a critical moment in American history because of the posession of new land. However the addition of new States messed with the separation of the slave states and non slave states.
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was the treaty that ended the Mexican American war and gave America what is now California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona.
  • Dawes Act

    Dawes Act
    The Dawes Act allowed the President of the United States to survey Indian tribal land and divide it into pieces for individual Indians.
  • Wounded Knee Massacre

    Wounded Knee Massacre
    The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last battle of the American Indian Wars. It took place on Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
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    Spanish-American War

    Picture The Spanish-American War was a great example of American Imperialism and resulted in the possesion of Puerto Rico, the phillipenes, and Guam. Cuba was freed from Spanish rule.
  • Founding of the NAACP

    Founding of the NAACP
    The NAACP is the oldest and most widely recognized civil rights organization. It fights for equality of all races, genders, and cultures' rights.
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    Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Renaissance was the time "the new negroe" emerged and African Americans became more repected. It was a time of Jazz music, flapper girls, and poetry.
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    First Red Scare

    The First Red Scare was a period in which American Society feared Bolshevism and Anarchism.
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    Red Summer

    The Red Summer describes the race riots that took place in many cities across America. In most cases whites would attack African Americans.
  • Election of 1932

    Election of 1932
    The election of 1932 was Franklin D. Roosevelt vs. Herbert Hoover and took place in the midst of the Great Depression.
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    New Deal

    A serious of economic programs by president Franklin D. Roosevelt based on relief, recovery, and reform in order to repair America after the Great Depression.
  • Attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    America attack Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the late stages of WWII and were the only two times nuclear weapons have been used in war to date.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    The Truman Doctrine was a policy set forth by President Harry S. Truman. It was the start of a containment policy to help protect Greece and Turkey from being taken over by the Soviets.
  • Creation of NATO

    Creation of NATO
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created in order to protect countries from the Soviets during the Cold War under President Eisenhower.
  • Fall of China to Communism

    Fall of China to Communism
    The Chinese Revolution broke out between the Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalist Party. It was a full on civil war that led to the fall of China to communism.
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    Korean War

    The Korean War was a war between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Party of Korea. It was a result of the division of Korea. America provided 88% of it's international soldiers to aid South Korea.
  • Election of 1952

    Election of 1952
    The election of 1952 was President Dwight D. Eisenhower vs. Adlai Stevenson in which Dwight D. Eisenhower won. This election was very important because it took place during great tension of the Cold War and the rapidly escalating Soviet Union.