Baroque music and American history timeline

  • Performance in the Oratory

    A performance in the Oratory in Rome, with music by Emilio de’ Cavalieri, is in effect the first oratorio.
  • Jamestown settlement

    The Jamestown settlement in the colony of Virginia was the first English settlement in the America's.
  • First proscenium arch

    The Teatro Farnese in Parma is the first to have a proscenium arch, framing perspective scenery painted on flat wings.
  • Slavery in Virginia

    Slavery began in North America in 1619 at Jamestown, Virginia.
  • Dutch painter

    The Dutch painter Frans Hals displays exceptional brilliance in his group portraits, including several of the civic guards of Haarlem.
  • Slavery in Maryland

    Slavery begins in Maryland and last over 200 years.
  • Diego Velazquez

    Diego Velazquez paints his only surviving female nude, The Toilet of Venus (known as the Rokeby Venus).
  • Peach Tree War

    The war was launched by the Native American Susquehannock Nation against the Dutch settlement of the New Netherland.
  • 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.
  • Yamasee war

    Conflict fought in South Carolina between British settlers and the Yamasee.
  • Development of musical form

    The symphony begins to develop as a musical form, deriving from the overtures of operas.
  • First Great Awakening

    A series of Christian revivals that swept Britain and its 13 North American colonies.