• Jamestown

    JamestownFirst perminant English settlement. It was founded by the Virginia company and was used as a major port for the trade industry.
  • The Deliverance

    The Deliverance
    JamestownThe ship in which John Ralf came to the Jamestown colony. He planted tobacco that flurished and created the tobacco farming in America.
  • The Mayflower

    The Mayflower
    Plymouth ColonyArrived at Plymouth Massachusetts in March 1621 bringing the pilgrims. The pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution.
  • Plymouth Colony

    Plymouth Colony
    Plymouth ColonyThe Mayflower landed at Plymouth Massachusetts. The colony survived because of a tight union with the Wampanoag indians.
  • Pilgrims Alliance with Indians

    Pilgrims Alliance with Indians
    PilgramsThe Pilgrims made and alliance with the Wampanoag indians. To strengthen their relationship the indians taught the pilgrims to farm in sandy soil, and the pilgrims helped raid rival tribes.
  • First thanksgiving

  • The Liberty is raided

    The Liberty is raided
    John HancockA merchant ship owned by John Handcock is raid in suspision of smuggling tea and other contraband. It adds to the growing unrest in Boston.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Boston MassacreA group of Bostonians gather to harass British occupying troops. Shots are fired and five people were killed.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea PartyAfter a rise in British oppression the Sons of Liberty raid a British ship. Dressed as indians the destroy the ships cargo of tea.
  • First Congressional Congress

    CongressDelegates from each colony meet in Philadelphia to make plans on what to do about the British oppression. Nothing is really accompished but talk of becoming a seperate nation is hotly debated.
  • Boone Moves through the Cumberland Gap

    Boone Moves through the Cumberland Gap
    BooneOne of the first to move west Daniel Boone clears wagon paths through the Cumberland Gap. He and his men move west until they are pushed back by indian resistance.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    Lexington and ConcordThe Battle of Lexington and Concord happened whe General Gaige headed out to capture the arm stores of the Americans. However the weapons were moved becasue Paul Revere had rode out ahead of Gaige to warn of the British's approach.
  • Declaration Of Independence

    Declaration On the 4th of July in Philadelphia delegates from across the colonies approved the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Writen by Thomas Jefferson it lists grievences with the king along with the creation of a new country.
  • Battle of Kip's Bay

    Kip's Bay Warships covered the advance of 4000 British troops as the landed on Manhattan Island. The American troops broke and ran, General Washington had t be removed rm the field so as to prevent his capture.
  • New York falls and is Burned

    New York BurnsEarly in the morning a fire broke out and destroyed a quarter of the city. It is unclear who set the fire but some historians say it was set on purpose to destroy the city and force the British to be exposed to the elements of the coming winter.
  • General Burgoyne surrenders

    Tiaconderoga After two different battles the British foud themselves surrounded at Saratoga. After four days General Burgoyne surrenders to General Gates.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge A 6 month camp where the army regrouped and held out through the rough winter. Also while here they recieved training and recieved word of the French alliance.
  • Baron Von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge

    Von Steuben A Frenchman named Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, he was brought in to train the troops at Valley Forge. He gave the army new hope and replentished their fighting spirit.
  • Culper Gang Spy on British in New York

  • War is exspensive for the British and is Unpopular

  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown The final battle in the war, the French aand Americans surrounded Lord Cornwallis. He surrendered and the war was ended.
  • George Washington becomes President

    George WashingtonGeorge is elected by a landslide, he was meant as a figurehead that the country could unify behind. He would serve two terms, the only one of his succesors that would serve longer than him would be Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Cotton Gin is invented

    Cotton Gin Eli Whitney invenets the cotton gin turning the South into the strongest economic center in the world and increasing production of clothes and fabric in the North. This also makes slaves ten times as profitable and the dwendling slave trade booms again.
  • 200000 populate Kentucky

  • Louisiana Purchase

  • Louis and Clark Expedition Begins

  • Louis and Clark Reach Pacific Ocean

  • Louis and Clark return to St. Louis

  • Steamboat invented

  • Milk Sickness runs rampant across the frontier

  • 1/5 Trappers Die

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    1/3 of Norway's population move to America

  • Industrial Revolution Begins

    Industrial revolution The beginning of a boom in industry. Also this is the start of people buying what they need instead of making it themselves.
  • Erie Canal

    Erie Canal The Erie canal turned New York into the financial center of the US. Also it also made the Midwest more accessible and trade and production increased.
  • Trail of Tears begins

    Trail of Tears The forced removal of Indians from their land, many died before they even reached the reservations. The Supreme Court ruled that the presidential order was unconstitutional, in responce Andrew Jackson famously said, "John Marshall has made his desision, now let the bastard enforce it."
  • The Battle for The Alamo Begins

  • The Alamo Falls

    The Alamo The battle for the Alamo has been the drive for the Texan fighting spirit. The battle between American Settlers and the Mexican Army is best know for the deaths of Davy Crocket and Sam Houston.
  • Fredrick Douglass escapes slavory

    Fredrick Douglass A slave that sought to free himself, Fredrick Douglass forged travel papers to go north. After successfully escaping he wrote a best selling autobiography and was even asked about the war by President Lincoln.
  • New Orleans slave auctions

  • Thousands Travel West

  • Start of the Donner party

  • Gold is found in California

  • Minie ball is invented

    Minie Ball Invented by a French Captain the conical round did more damage and was more accurate than anything the world had ever seen. The minie ball is responcible for the staggering casualties of the Civil War.
  • Harriot Tubman and the Underground Railroad

    Harriot Tubman Harroit Tubman to the slaves was known as Moses. She risked her own freedom to frequently make trips to the south to free slaves and bring them to safety using the underground railroad.
  • John Brown helps fuel the fighting in Kansas

  • John Brown is exicuted

  • Abraham Lincoln becomes President

    Abe Lincoln A tall man from the midwest Lincoln got on the ticket for the Republicans with his Illinios popularity. The mere presence of him as president causes Southern states to secede because of his strong antislavery stance.
  • The first Elevator

    ElevatorsElisha Graves Otis invented the first safety brakes for a concept elevator in 1852. A year later he started the elevator industry and allowed buildings to reach new heights. In 1861 he recieved patents for his ideas and allowed him to keep a hold of the industry.
  • South Secedes

    The South Secedes Following the election of Abraham Lincoln, Virginia voted to secede from the US. Six other States soon followed fearing that slavery and the Southern way of living was being threatened.
  • First Battle of Bull Run

    Bull Run The first battle of Bull Run is the first major battle of the civil war. The North were forced to retreat having lost nearly 3000 troops to the Souths 2000 dead.
  • Cameras used to take pictures of the war

  • Telegraphs used by the war department

    The Telegraph For the first time a President could learn a minute by minute battle changes. Abraham Lincoln was the first President to use the telegraph to give orders for battles.
  • Battle of Williamsburg

    Williamsburg A battle consisting of almost 100,000 troops happened at Fort Mudruder near the Williamsburg road. After failed counterattacks the South were forced to retreat.
  • Height of the Civil War

  • General Lee becomes Souths Head General

  • Second Battle of Bull Run

    Bull Run 2 General Pope was outmanuevered and was forced to dig in and repel the Confederates. The losses were great on both sides however the Union rearguard prevented a repeat of the First battle of Bull run
  • Harpers Ferry is taken by John Brown

    Harpers Ferry John Brown and his sons captured Harper's Ferry in the hopesto create a slave rebellion. Unfortunetly the slaves did not rise up and Brown was overrun he would be exicuted for his crimes.
  • The battle of Antietam

    Antietam The single bloodiest battle in an American conflict, it ended in a draw. It was also the last battle before Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Emmancipation Proclamation

    Emmancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln's Emmancipation Proclamation states that all men are created equal and that no man is lesser than another. With this slavery is officially illegal within the US.
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    Transcontinental Railroad

  • Gettysburg Address

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    Sherman's March to the Sea

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    Buffalo are hunted almost to extinction

  • Lincoln is assassinated at Ford Theatre

  • Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House

    End of the Civil War General Lee surrenders to the North and officially ends the Civil War. Also the end of the war officially freed all slaves still being held in the South.
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  • Sam Colt's single action revolver is patented

    Sam ColtSam colts handgun changed the west. "God created man, but Sam Colt made the equals."
  • Barbed Wire invented

    Barbed Wire This cheap fencing gave people the ability to parcel off land and establish homes throughout the South. This new fence also brings an end to the cattle drives and Cowboys.
  • Andrew Carnegie opens his first steel plant

    Andrew CarnegieWhile visiting and Englsih plant in 1872 Andrew sees the future in the ability to mass produce steel. He takes a huge risk building a new factory in Pittsburg, the plant would make him one of the richest men in the country.
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Custers Last StandAlso known as Custer's last stand. The 7th regiment was slaughtered near the Little Bighorn River it is knwn as one of the biggest military blunders in history.
  • Bell Telephones

    BellAlexander Graham Bell invents the first telephone. A year later he starts the Bell Telephone Company.
  • Thomas Edison

    Thomas EdisonThomas Edison perfects the electric lightbulb. He shows it off by lighting up the night with his new creation. By 1902 there will be 18 million in use at any given time in the US.
  • Skyscrapers

    SkyscrapersThe first scyscrappers are built. This brings the birth of the modern city and the vertical climb towards the heavens.
  • Statue of Liberty

    Statue of LibertyThe Statue of Liberty was a gift from France representing our unity and National friendship. It was made by a French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who recieved help from an engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel; builder of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, however the statue needed to have a base to stand on which was provided by th US after Joseph Pulitzer raised the money for it.
  • Jacob Riis

    Jacob RiisJacob Riis was a muckracker and brought to light the horrible living conditions of the slums. His book How the Other Half Lives was a forrunner for regulations and increases in living quality throughout NY.
  • The Wounded Knee Massacre

  • First mail Order Catalog

    CatalogsWilliam Tricker made and issued the first mial order catalog after selling pocket watched. He worked for the railroad and realized that orders in the West can be filled and shipped from the East.
  • One half of Nebraska goes back East

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    Colonel George Waring

    George WaringAs head of the sanitation department he starts a crusade cleaning the streets. He ended up increasing the quality of the drinking water and deaths due to disease dropped dramatically.
  • Ford

    FordHenry Ford founds the Ford Motor company and revolutionizes the car industry. He also develops the assembly line and production will never be the same again.
  • Black Gold

    Texas oil Oil is found at Spindletop by the Hamill brothers. The oil was finally accessable due to the Hamill brothers idea to shore the sides of the drill whole with mud preventing collapse.
  • The Flatiron Building

    FlatironThis is the brainchild of the architect Daniel Burnham.Its revolutionary shape was for the first time possible because of its steel supports.
  • Air Conditioning

    AC Willis Haviland Carrier invented the first air conditioning machine only a year after recieving his masters degree in engineering from Cornell University.
  • Nat Love

    Nat LoveA black cowboy he lived through the height of the cattle drives. He published his book about his travels in 1907.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

    Triangle ShirtwaistThe Triangle Shirtwaist fire was one the deadliest tragedy in New York's history until 9/11. This fire led to reforms and increases in work safety.
  • L.A. Aquaduct

    L.A. Aquaduct With L.A. expanding and the water supply shrinking something had to be done to bring water to the thriving city. Fred Eaton bought the land for the aquaduct and L.A. has thrived since.
  • Archduke

    Archduke June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated. Nationalism, Imperialism and old enemies spark World War 1. The war to end all wars begins.
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    The Great Migration

    Great Migration 6 million African Americans head North to live better lives and to find work. Racial tentions rose and eventually riots broke out.
  • Race Riots

    Chicago Race Riots Triggered by the death of a black swimmer in the summer of 1919 race riots break out increasing the racial tention to a boiling point. The summer will forever be known as the Red Summer having nearly 30 riots resulting in 38 dead and over 500 injured.
  • Prohibition

    Prohibition Prohibition the 18th amendment made to sale of alcohol illegal. This gave the mob and organized crime the ability to rise to an all time high. Prohibition was reversed in 1933.
  • Hollywood

    Hollywood The seperate community for the rich, land developers Woodruff and Shoults took the venture when the purchased 500 acres. They turned the hills outside of L.A. the Hollywood advertisement sign still advertises the land of the rich just as Woodruff and Shoults imagined.
  • St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    St. Valentines Day Massacre 10:30 in the mornig 7 gangsters loading illegal hooch are stopped by two cops. They were lined up as if it was a regular shake down, little did the know the "police officers" were sent by Al Capone and were carrying Tompson submachine guns.
  • Bank Closings

    Bank Closings A man in New York City trys to withdraw his money from his local bank. Soon everyone was withdrawing their money, and the banking system collapsed.
  • Capone

    Capone Al Capone the head of the teamsters and notorious gangster. The FBI had been trying to get him on everything from petty crimes to running booze. However, it was Frank J. Wilson an accountant who built up a case that put him in jail for tax evasion.
  • Dust Bowl

    Dust Bowl 60 mile per hour winds tore across the southwest and destroyed 100 million acres of farm land.
  • Hoover Dam

    Hoover Dam Headed by Frank Crow the Hoover Dam harnesses the power of the Colorado River and supplies power to L.A. and Las Vegas. It is located on the Nevada - Arizona border.
  • Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore Taking 14 years to complete Mount Rushmore is a monument to the first 150 years of our country. Gutzon Borglum and 400 sculptors were in charge of creating the 60 monument.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl harbor Dispite peace medals and confrences on December 7 1941 Japanese planes launched from an aircraft carrier attacked the US Naval fleet outside of Honolulu Hawaii. This event single handedly got the US to back the allies in World War II.
  • The Battle of Coral Sea

    Coral Sea The battle of Coral Sea is the first ever Air-Sea battle. The ambush type battle was set up after American codebreakers cracked the Japanese code that revealed the Japanese plan to attack New Guinea.
  • Battle of Midway

    Battle of Midway A trap layed at Midway destroyed the Japanese aircraft carriers amd most of their navy. This is a turning point from this point on we have air and sea dominance.
  • Operation Overlord

    D-Day Over 150,000 American, Canadian, and British troops landed along 5 different beachheads. This is known as the starting point for liberating Nazi occupied France.
  • Battle of Bastogne

    Battle of Bastogne The battle of Bastogne was a pivital point in the war for the reason that the Germans need access to those roads to supply troops. The grueling seige lasted al the way through christmas and has helped bulster the reputation of the 101st Airborne.
  • Battle of Iwo Jima

    Iwo Jima Iwo Jima was a crucial island to take because fighter escorts could guide B-29 bombers to bomb the Japanese homeland. The Japanese dug in to the island and the brutal battle resulted in nearly 6000 Americans dead.
  • The Battle for Berlin

    Battle for Berlin The end of the Third Reich and Hitlers reign was brought by Stalins 20 army force surrounding and smothering the remaining Nazi defenders. In the final moments of the war Hitler and his just married wife and lover Ava Braun commit suicide in the basement of the Chancellery Building.
  • Battle of Okinawa

    Okinawa The Battle of Okinawa was one of the largest in the Pacific theater, nearly 300,000 American troops faced only 130,000 Japanese troops. This battle was the last of the Pacific compaig.
  • The Manhattan Project

    Trinity A special project headed by J. Robert Oppenheimer to build an atomic weapon capable of destroying an entire city. The final product was tested in the Los Alamos desert.
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Fatman and Littleboy Two Atomic bombs dropped on two cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, these bombs were used to bring about a peace negotiation. The bombs Fatman and Little boy are the only Atomic weapon ever used against humans.
  • Korean War

    Korean War This is the start of the Korean War. The Korean War was seen as a UN police action against North Korea.
  • Korean War ends

    End of the Korean War A demilitrized zone was established to seperate the North and South. After the war was over hardly any ground was won or lost on both sides.
  • JFK

    JFK While in Dallas Texas during a presidential parade John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. While being transported Oswald is shot and killed by Jack Ruby this fuels conspiricy theories about JFK's assassination.
  • Gulf Of Tonkin

    Vietnam The first American troops are deployed after the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This is the beginning of the Vietnam war.
  • Watergate

    Watergate The Watergate Scandel tat resulted in the removal of Richard Nixon from the presidency happened at the Watergate Hotel. The spys were discovered by a security guard who noticed tape on the lock of the door.
  • American Troops pull out of Vietnam

    Vietnam American troops are pulled out of Saigon. This marks the end of the American involvement in the Vietnam war, soon after the North overwhelms the South and they create a Communist Vietnam.
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall On the 9th of November 1989 the guarded border between Western and Eastern Berlin was officially open to everyone. This was the ending point of the Cold War.
  • Iraq invades Kuwait

    Gulf War Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait resulting in military actions from the US and other Western Nations. This is the beginning of the Gulf War.
  • The Gulf War Ends

    Gulf War Iraq agrees to peace talks. The Gulf War fuels hatred for America among Muslim extremists and later results in the 9/11 tragedy.
  • 9/11

    9/11 On September 11 a day that will never be forgotten, highjacked planes were flown into the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and a third plane headed for the White House was crashed by the passengers in Shanksville PA. America was fueled in a way that had not happened since Pearl Harbor, this is the beginning of the War on Terror and also the America the we now live in today.