College History I

  • Aug 1, 1492

    Early Americans

    Early Americans
    The early Native Americans, being the first on the land for many years.
  • Aug 13, 1492

    European Discoveries

    European Discoveries
    Seafarers from Scandinavia landed on the northeastern shoulder of North America believing to have found undiscovered land.
  • Oct 12, 1492

    Columbus "New World" Discovery

    Columbus "New World" Discovery
    An island was sighted by his crew in the Bahamas.
  • Nov 12, 1492

    Four Continents Spread

    Four Continents Spread
    Discovery of the Bahamas led to four continents; Europe, Africa, and the two Americas.
  • Jul 5, 1493

    Old World Crops & Animals to the Americas

    Old World Crops & Animals to the Americas
    17 ships unloaded twelve hundred men, cattle, swine and horses to the New World.
  • Dec 4, 1494

    Treaty of Tordesillas

    Treaty of Tordesillas
    Spain divided with Portugal the "heathen lands" from the New World.
  • Period: Sep 5, 1497 to Sep 5, 1498

    Spread of Spanish America

    Giovanni Caboto was sent by the English to explore the northeastern coast of North America.
  • Sep 15, 1513

    Vasco Nunez Balboa

    Vasco Nunez Balboa
    Balboa was hailed discoverer of the Pacific Ocean as he fought the tremendous waves off of Panama.
  • Apr 1, 1519

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes
    Hernan Cortes set sail from Cuba looking to take over Mexico City and all the gold and silver within it.
  • Dec 14, 1519

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Ferdinand Magellan
    Started with his 5 tiny ships from Spain in attempt to sail around the world.
  • Aug 13, 1521


    Cortes laid seige on the city and capitulated Mexico City.
  • Feb 7, 1558

    Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth
    Ascended to the English throne was Elizabeth and crushed the Irish uprising with her troops.
  • Nov 11, 1580

    Sir Francis Drake

    Sir Francis Drake
    Seadog who made his way around the planet collecting Spanish "booty".
  • Battle of Acoma

    Battle of Acoma
    Spanish abused Pueblo's and cut off one foot of each survivor and claimed the land.
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    English Colonies

    The plantation colonies of Virginia, Maryland, the West Indies, and the Carolinas were discovered and claimed.
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    European's Primitive Outposts

    Europe planted three primitive outposts in three corners of the continents in three years; Spanish at Santa Fe in 1610, French at Quebec in 1608, and English at Jamestown in 1607.
  • Santa Fe

    Santa Fe
    Spaniards founded a capital of New Mexico called Santa Fe.
  • European Disease

    European Disease
    A massive disease hit Chesapeake leading to a series of Indian attacks leaving 347 settlers dead, including John Rolfe.
  • Pope's Rebellion

    Pope's Rebellion
    Indian uprising where Pueblo rebels destroyed every Catholic church and killed many priests along with Spanish settlers.
  • Georgia

    Gerogia settlement was formally founded as a chief settlement in 1733.
  • Great Awakening

    Great Awakening
    John Peter Zenger is arested and accused by the Governor. The Great Awakening movement begins for ten years.
  • John Peter Zenger

    John Peter Zenger
    Zenger was brought to trial for seditious libel.
  • Violence in the Americas

    Violence in the Americas
    England declares war on Spain, and many uprisings of slaves begin to appear in the Carolinas.
  • Slaves Hung

    Slaves Hung
    50 slaves were hung in South Carolina as a result of a slave revolt.
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    King George's War

    When France and Spain allied against England.
  • Iron Act

    Iron Act
    Limited growth of Iron industry in the Americas by the English Parliament.
  • Currency Act

    Currency Act
    Banned paper money in the New England colonies, proposed by the English Parliament.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    American Colonists gain a victory over the French.
  • General Braddock

    General Braddock
    Braddock lands in Virginia and claims chief of English.
  • England's War

    England's War
    England declares was on France, spreading the ongoing war to Europe.
  • William Pit

    William Pit
    William Pitt takes charge as England's Secratary of State.
  • Devastating Defeat

    Devastating Defeat
    England is finally defeated of the ongoing war.
  • Fort Niagra

    Fort Niagra
    Fort Niagra is captured by the English, then war breaks out between Indians and southerners.
  • Defeat of French

    Defeat of French
    British defeats French and gains control of Canada.
  • America Grows

    America Grows
    The population in America reaches 1,500,000.
  • Britain and Spain

    Britain and Spain
    British successfully attack the Spanish.
  • England and Spain War

    England and Spain War
    England decalares war on Spain.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    France and England divide treaty borders prior to a brutal war.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    Signed by King George III of England to English settlements beginning to form in the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Warfare in Niagra

    Warfare in Niagra
    Native Americans destroyed many British forts.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Sugar Act, colonists began getting taxed for the debt of the French and Indian War.
  • Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty
    Sons of Liberty banned together against taxation without representation.
  • New York City

    New York City
    Stamp Act Congress meets in New York City.
  • Repealed

    Stamp Act is repealed.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    Townshend Act began restricting trade and taxing tea and other goods.
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    Spanish Franciscan Friars

    The established 21 missions in California.
  • Boston Massacre

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

    Boston Tea Party
    50 rebels protest the taxation by throwing crates of tea into the Boston harbor.
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    Britiain blockades the Boston Harbor.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia to protest King George.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    The American Revolution begins.
  • Britain Declares War

    Britain Declares War
    Britain declares war on American patriots.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is signed by members of Congress.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Americans defeat Britain in New York.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Congress is granted sole authority over the new national government.
  • George Rogers Clark

    George Rogers Clark
    He captured British Forts in the Ohio Valley.
  • Savannah Georgia

    Savannah Georgia
    British siege Savannah, Georgia.
  • South Carolina

    South Carolina
    British capture Charleston South Carolina
  • British at Yorktown

    British at Yorktown
    British were defeated at Yorktown by French fleets and American and French troops.
  • Revolutionary War

    Revolutionary War
    The Revolutionary War ends.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Britain recognizes American Independence, which leads to the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris
    The treaty is ratified and the Revolutionary war finally ends.
  • First President

    First President
    George Washington becomes the first president.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights were ratified.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    The Fugitive Slave Act was passed.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    Farmers began to rebel because they put an excised tax on whiskey.
  • Vermont and Kentucky

    Vermont and Kentucky
    Vermont and Kentucky were added to the U.S.
  • Second President

    Second President
    John Adams becomes the second president of the United States.
  • Logan Act

    Logan Act
    Passed to forbid unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.
  • Library of Congress

    Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress was founded.
  • Third President

    Third President
    Thomas Jefferson became the third President of the United States.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana Purchase Treaty was created.
  • Lewis and Clark

    Lewis and Clark
    Lewis and Clark explore the Louisiana Territory.
  • Barbary Wars

    Barbary Wars
    This series of wars begun between the United States and the Barbary States of North Africa.
  • Slaves

    An Act was passed to prevent the importation of slaves into the United States.
  • Slave Trade

    Slave Trade
    The slave trade between the United States and Africa is ended.
  • Fourth President

    Fourth President
    James Madison becomes the fourth president of the United States.
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

    Battle of Tippecanoe
    The Battle over the Indian Territory had begun.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The War of 1812 between America and the British empire had begun.
  • Creek War

    Creek War
    The Treaty of Fort Jackson ended the Creek War.
  • Battle of New Orleans

    Battle of New Orleans
    Andrew Jackson becomes national hero of the Battle of New Orleans.
  • Era of Good Feelings

    Era of Good Feelings
    With the election of James Monroe they ushered in the one-party system.
  • Florida Territory

    Florida Territory
    Andrew Jackson acts as a commander of the newly aquired Florida Territory.
  • Tariff Act of 1824

    Tariff Act of 1824
    Passed to promote Henry Clay.
  • Election of 1824

    Election of 1824
    Neither Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, William Crawford, or John Adams gained the majority, and the election was sent to the House of Representatives.
  • Decided

    The election of 1824 was decided; John Quincy Adams becomes president.
  • The Erie Canal

    The Erie Canal
    Erie Canal is complete and pushes for economical growth in New York.
  • Promotion of Temperance

    Promotion of Temperance
    American Society for the Promotion of Temperance founded in Boston.
  • First Railroad

    First Railroad
    First railroad is completed in Massachusetts.
  • 50th Anniversary

    50th Anniversary
    Jefferson and Adams both die on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Andrew Jackson

    Andrew Jackson
    Andrew Jackson is elected president.
  • Tariff of Abominations

    Tariff of Abominations
    Signed by President Adams to protect the Tariff of 1824.
  • South Carolina

    South Carolina
    The South Carolina exposition is protested.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    Indian Removal Act is signed by President Jackson forcing all indians to move west.
  • William Lloyd Garrison

    William Lloyd Garrison
    William Loyd Garrison begins publishing the Liberator.
  • John C Calhoun

    John C Calhoun
    "South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification," was written by John C. Calhoun.
  • Compromise Tariff

    Compromise Tariff
    Compromise Tariff of 1833 was passed, to eliminate the Tariff of Abominations.
  • Whigs

    The term Whigs was adopted as a political party.
  • Specie Circular

    Specie Circular
    Specie Circular was invented by President Jackson.
  • Transcendentalists

    The Transcendentalists began to publish their work.
  • Samuel Morse

    Samuel Morse
    He sent the first telegraph message from Washington to Baltimore.
  • President in Mexico

    President in Mexico
    Santa Anna is overthrown as president in Mexico.
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War
    United States goes to war with Mexico.
  • Zachary Taylor

    Zachary Taylor
    Zachary Taylor is elected president.
  • Treaty of 1848

    Treaty of 1848
    Karl Marx publishes Communist Manifesto Oregon organized as a territory.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Compromise of 1850 admits California as a free state.
  • Fugitive Slave Law

    Fugitive Slave Law
    The Fugitive Slave law is enacted as Fillmore is elected president.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was published.
  • Gadsden Treaty

    Gadsden Treaty
    America and Mexico signed the Gadsden Treaty.
  • Franklin Pierce

    Franklin Pierce
    Fillmore dies in office, succeeded by Franklin Pierce.
  • Free Soilers

    Free Soilers
    Free soilers establish a government to ban slavery and blacks from Kansas.
  • Henry Bessemer

    Henry Bessemer
    Invented process that allowed for mass production of steel.
  • Buchanan

    James Buchanan is elected president.
  • Dred Scott

    Dred Scott
    Dred Scott supreme court decision, slavery case.
  • Lincoln and Douglas

    Lincoln and Douglas
    Lincoln and Douglas ran against each other in the Senate race, Douglas won.
  • Orgeon

    Orgeon is admitted as a state.
  • Secedes

    South Carolina secedes.
  • Morrill Act

    Morrill Act
    Public Land is set aside for state colleges.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    Major Union victory at Gettysburg.
  • Lincoln

    Lincoln is assasinated by John Wilkes Booth.