Baroque music and American history timeline By Poolemj828 1600 Performance in the Oratory A performance in the Oratory in Rome, with music by Emilio de’ Cavalieri, is in effect the first oratorio. 1607 Jamestown settlement The Jamestown settlement in the colony of Virginia was the first English settlement in the America's. 1618 First proscenium arch The Teatro Farnese in Parma is the first to have a proscenium arch, framing perspective scenery painted on flat wings. 1619 Slavery in Virginia Slavery began in North America in 1619 at Jamestown, Virginia. 1620 Dutch painter The Dutch painter Frans Hals displays exceptional brilliance in his group portraits, including several of the civic guards of Haarlem. 1642 Slavery in Maryland Slavery begins in Maryland and last over 200 years. 1655 Diego Velazquez Diego Velazquez paints his only surviving female nude, The Toilet of Venus (known as the Rokeby Venus). 1655 Peach Tree War The war was launched by the Native American Susquehannock Nation against the Dutch settlement of the New Netherland. 1709 Keyboard contest In a friendly keyboard contest in Rome between Handel and Domenico Scarlatti, the result is a draw - Handel being the winner on the organ and Scarlatti on the harpsichord. 1715 Yamasee war Conflict fought in South Carolina between British settlers and the Yamasee. 1720 Development of musical form The symphony begins to develop as a musical form, deriving from the overtures of operas. 1730 First Great Awakening A series of Christian revivals that swept Britain and its 13 North American colonies.