America's important historical events

  • Jan 1, 1492

    Columbus Discovers New World

    Columbus Discovers New World
    Columbus discoverd land in the new world which is now the Bahamas
  • Period: Sep 28, 1492 to

    American History

  • Jan 1, 1493

    New World Divides

    New World Divides
    Pope Alexander VI issued a papal bull, giving the Portuguese and the Spanish part of the new world
  • Jan 1, 1507

    New World is named America

    New World is named America
    Amerigo Vespucci gives the new world a name, America
  • Jan 1, 1565

    First Settlement

    First Settlement
    The first settlement of North America takes place in St. Augustine, Florida
  • Jan 1, 1580

    The Slave Trade

    The Slave Trade
    Slaves start getting brought over to America on ships
  • Sir Walter Raleigh

    Sir Walter Raleigh
    Sir Walter Raleigh discovers Virginia.
  • Theatre

    First theatre performance in America
  • Jamestown

    The English build the Jamestown Settelment
  • Pedro de Peralta

    Pedro de Peralta
    Santa Fe is established as the capital of New Mexico and governed by Pedro de Peralta
  • The Mayflower

    The Mayflower
    The Mayflower arrives in Massachusetts carrying Pilgrims
  • Thanksgiving

    First Thanksgiving at Plymouth occurs.
  • Roger Williams

    Roger Williams
    Roger Williams founded Rhode Island for religious tolerance.
  • Printing Press

    Printing Press
    The first printing press in America arrives
  • Robert Child

    Robert Child
    Robert Child and followers protested against the puritans intolerance against other religions.
  • John Hall

    John Hall
    John Hall opens the first American Mint
  • King Philips War

    King Philips War
    King Philip led an attack on a Plymouth colony for killing 3 Indians,
  • Bacons Rebellion

    Bacons Rebellion
    Bacon rebells towards governor Berkeley over Indian relations
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    The Salem Witch Trials begin and people are executed.
  • Charlestown,SC

    Settlers defend their town against French and Spanish colonists.
  • New Orleans

    New Orleans
    French discover New Orleans.
  • Molasses Act

    Molasses Act
    Molasses Act, was passed by the English Parliament, imposes heavy duties on molasses.
  • The Great Awakening

    The Great Awakening
    The Great Awakening religious movement begins in Massachusetts
  • John Peter Zenger

    John Peter Zenger
    John Peter Zenger is arrested and accused of seditious libel by the Governor.
  • The Trial Ends

    The Trial Ends
    John Peter Zenger is brought to trial for seditious libel but is acquitted after his lawyer successfully convinces the jury that truth is a defense against libel.
  • Copper Coins

    Copper Coins
    First colonial copper coins are minted
  • Rebellions

    3 violent slave rebellions breakout in the south.
  • Charleston, South Carolina

    Charleston, South Carolina
    Fifty black slaves are hanged in Charleston, South Carolina, after plans for another revolt are revealed.
  • Virus Bering

    Virus Bering
    Russian Tsar, Peter the Great, sponsors an expedition by Danish navigator Vitus Bering to explore the coast of Alaska.
  • American Philosophical Society

    American Philosophical Society
    The American Philosophical Society is founded in Philadelphia by Ben Franklin
  • New York Bar Association

    New York Bar Association
    New York Bar Association is founded in New York City.
  • Iron Act

    Iron Act
    The Iron Act is passed by the English Parliament, limiting the growth of the iron industry in the American colonies to protect the English Iron industry.
  • Currency Act

    Currency Act
    Currency Act is passed by the English Parliament, banning the issuing of paper money by the New England colonies.
  • Ben Franklin and Electricity

    Ben Franklin and Electricity
    Ben Franklin discovers electricity.
  • Hospitals

    The first general hospital is founded, in Philadelphia.
  • Postmasters General

    Postmasters General
    Benjamin Franklin and William Hunter are appointed as postmasters general for the American colonies.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    A dispute of land rights by the british and the french.
  • William Pitt

    William Pitt
    William Pitt becomes England's Secretary of State and escalates the French and Indian War.
  • Poor Richard's Almanac

    Poor Richard's Almanac
    Benjamin Franklin publishes Poor Richard's Almanac.
  • Boston

    Boston is destroyed by a raging fire.
  • Population Grows

    Population Grows
    The population of colonists in America reaches 1,500,000.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    Taxes colonists for sugar imported from the West Indies
  • Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty
    The Sons of Liberty band together against taxation without representation
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Printed taxes on paper and documents
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    Stamp Act Congress meets in New York City
  • Stamp Act repealed

    Stamp Act repealed
    Stamp Act is repealed
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    Five Americans killed at the Boston Massacre
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    50 rebels throw chests of tea into Boston harbor to protest the tax
  • Boston Harbor

    Boston Harbor
    Britain blockades Boston harbor
  • Quebec Acts

    Quebec Acts
    French territory is expanded into America
  • The second Quartering Act

    The second Quartering Act
    Acts that stated that Americans had to house and feed British soilders
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    The American Revolution begins
  • War declared on America

    War declared on America
    Britain declares war on the American patriots
  • Independence

    Declaration of Independence is signed by members of Congress
  • Washington and the Deleware River

    Washington and the Deleware River
    Washington crosses the Delaware River and captures Trenton, Princeton, and New Jersey
  • Siege of Savannah

    Siege of Savannah
    British lay siege on Savannah, Georgia
  • The Capture of Charleston

    The Capture of Charleston
    British capture Charleston, South Carolina
  • The War Ends

    The War Ends
    The Revolutionary War ends
  • The First Constitution

    The First Constitution
    The Continental Congress adopts the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation
  • Bank of North America

    Bank of North America
    The Bank of North America was chartered
  • Indpendent America

    Indpendent America
    Britain recognizes American Independence
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    American History

  • Shays Rebellion

    Shays Rebellion
    Rebellion started by Daniel Shay due to financial difficulties
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    The Constitutional Convention is held in Philidelphia
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    Expanded the Northwest as the first territory of the U.S.
  • Constitution Ratified

    Constitution Ratified
    The U.S. Constitution is Ratified
  • Washington Elected

    Washington Elected
    Washington is elected to be president.
  • The Seat of Government moves

    The Seat of Government moves
    The Seat of Government moves
    from New York City to Philadelphia
  • Ratification of the Bill of Rights

    Ratification of the Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights is rattified for the U.S.
  • The Rights of Man

    The Rights of Man
    Tom Paine publishes his story called "The Rights of Man"
  • The Cotton Gin

    The Cotton Gin
    Eli Whitney invents cotton gin and
    revives the dying slave economy of theSouth
  • Adams is Elected

    Adams is Elected
    John Adams is elected to become president.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts
    Acts put on americans saying you may not say false thing about political figures and you have to leave the country if you are viewed as a threat to it.
  • Library of Congress

    Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress was founded
  • Jefferson is Elected

    Jefferson is Elected
    Thomas Jefferson is elected to become the president
  • Louisianna

    The territory of Louisianna is purchased and added to the U.S.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition
    Lewis and Clark explore the territory of Louisianna
  • Battle of Trafalgar

    Battle of Trafalgar
    General Nelson wins
    at the Battle of Trafalgar
  • Congress and African Slaves

    Congress and African Slaves
    Congress prohibits the importing of any African slaves
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

    Battle of Tippecanoe
    Native Americans are defeated in the Battle of Tippecanoe
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    Faught between America and Britain because Britain impressed American sailors, supported the American Indian Tribes, and restricted trade.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    Treaty of Ghent
    Ended the War of 1812
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    American History

  • Second Bank of the U.S. Chartered

    Second Bank of the U.S. Chartered
    The Second U.S. Bank was opened and chartered by the government
  • Seminole's at War

    Seminole's at War
    The first Seminole War occurs.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    Stated Missouri could be a slave state if Maine could be a free state.
  • Michael Faraday

    Michael Faraday
    Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic rotation.
  • Stephen Austin Colonization

    Stephen Austin Colonization
    Stephen Austin founds a colony in Texas
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    Stated that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression requiring U.S. intervention
  • Erie Canal

    Erie Canal
    The Erie Canal was constructed
  • John J. Audubon

    Audubon publishes Birds of America
  • Spoils System

    Jackson introduces the spoils system
  • Joseph Smith

    Joseph Smith founds Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  • Nat Turner Rebellion

    Nat Turner Rebellion
    Nat Turner was a slave who rebelled killing 60 whites, but Nat eventually died
  • Samuel Morse

    Samuel Morse
    Samuel F.B. Morse designs an improved electromagnetic telegraph.
  • Battle of the Alamo

    Battle of the Alamo
    Americans faught the Mexican Army at the Alamo until everyone was dead.
  • Texas Independence

    Texas Independence
    Texas is declared independent and broken up from Mexico
  • Texas Revolution

    Texas Revolution
    America faught Mexico for the Independence of Texas
  • Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens
    Charles Dickens publishes Oliver Twist
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Native Americans were forced to walk 1000 miles to Georgia, many died.
  • Iowa Territory

    Iowa Territory
    Iowa Territory is organized and colonized
  • Louis Daguerre

    Daguerre invents the first form of photography
  • Manifest Destiny

    Manifest Destiny
    People believed that god wanted them to expand Westward and take the land.
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    Civil War Timeline

  • The Telegraph

    The Telegraph
    Samuel Morse sends first telegraph message from Washington to Baltimore.
  • James K. Polk

    James K. Polk
    James K. Polk is elected President.
  • The Mexican-American War

    The Mexican-American War
    American and Mexico engages in war.
  • Zachary Taylor

    Zachary Taylor
    Zachary Taylor is elected President.
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published.
  • Millard Filmore

    Millard Filmore
    President Filmore dies in office.
  • Franklin Pierce

    Franklin Pierce
    Franklin Pierce is re-elected President.
  • James Buchanan

    James Buchanan
    James Buchanan is elected President.
  • The Dred Scott Decision

    The Dred Scott Decision
    The Dred Scott Supreme Court Decision rules that slaves are property and can not have rights.
  • John Brown

    John Brown
    Attacks Harper's Ferry to raid supplies, but fails and is executed.
  • The Debate's

    The Debate's
    Lincoln – Douglas debate in Senate Race, Douglas wins.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    Fort Sumter is fired on, which is the start of the Civil War.
  • The Battle of Bull Run

    The Battle of Bull Run
    Union loses First Battle of Bull Run because they underestimate the South.
  • Fredericksburg

    Union looses and has two times as many deaths as the south.
  • The Second Battle of Bull Run

    The Second Battle of Bull Run
    Union puts one last effort to take Bull Run but they loose again.
  • Chancellorville

    Union is defeated by the South.
    Union lost 17,000
    South lost 13,000
  • Gettysburg

    Major victory for the Union and is a major turning point
  • General Sherman

    General Sherman
    General Sherman marches through Georgia burning and killing everything in his path.
  • The End of the War

    The End of the War
    General Lee surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse, ending the war.
  • Lincoln

    President Lincoln is assassinated.