Ben Knapp Timeline

  • Oct 17, 1000

    Leif Erikson

    Leif Erikson
    In the year of 1000 AD, Leif Erikson, son of Erik the Red, sailed the eastern coast of North America.
  • Sep 16, 1347

    Black Plague

    This is the beginning of the Black Plague. It killed over 1/3 of the population on Europe.
  • Oct 17, 1488

    Bartolomeu Dias

    He traveled from Portugal to the southern tip of Africa. The tip bcame known as the Cape of Good Hope. He discontinued the voyage when they ran out of supplies.
  • Oct 12, 1492


    "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." In 1492, Columbus discovered the Bahamas.
  • Oct 17, 1500


    The Conquistadors were active from the beginning of the 1400's to the 1600's . They slaughtered the native's and introduced many diseases that they had no immunity to.
  • Oct 17, 1517

    Martin Luther

    Martin Luther
    In 1517, Martin Luther, a German monk, nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Church. This got him labeled a heretic, and was ejected from the Church and defrocked. Defrocking if being removed from priesthood.
  • Jamestown

    on 1607, 105 colonists sent by London Company arived at the James River in Virginia. They named their colony Jamestown
  • Pocahontas

    In 1614, John Rolfe married Pocahontas. In doing so, he helped stabilixe relations with the local tribe.
  • The Dutch

    The Dutch
    In 1624, the West India Company sent 30 Dutch families to New Netherland (a strip of Easter coastline).
  • French Outposts

    French Outposts
    Beginning in the 1700's, France started new outposts, or small military bases, in Detroit, New Orleans, and Saint Louis. The French started to trade furs, and grew wealthy.
  • Olaudah Equiano

    Olaudah Equiano
    In 1756, he became a slave. Later in life, he earned enough money to free himself. He then worked to end slavery for the remainder of his life.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act required the colonists to pay a tax whenever they bought paper.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre occures on March 5, 1770. Several Bostoners exited a nearby tavern, and started harrassing the British soldiers. the Bostoners attacked with stones and snowballs, and the redcoats opened fire.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    On the day od December 16, 1773, Bostoners disguised as Native Americans boarded a ship with crates of tea, and poured it into the harbor.