Colonial America

  • Jan 1, 600

    Mayan Civilization

    The start of the Mayan Civilization. They lived in Mexico.
  • Period: Jan 1, 600 to

    Colonial America

  • Jan 1, 1000

    Leif Ericson and Vikings Reach North America

    Leif bought his boat and wanted to retrace Bjarni's route. So he sailed to North America, but not by mistake.
  • Jan 1, 1095


    Since the time of Constantine, Christians had gone on pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Christians were still allowed to visit the city, and by the 11th century, however, the situation had changed.
  • Jan 1, 1275

    Marco Polo Reaches China

    He reached further than any of his predecessors, beyond Mongolia to China and he became a confidant of Kublai Khan.He traveled the whole of China and returned to tell the tale, which became the greatest travelogue.
  • Jan 1, 1300


    Renaissance means rebirth and this period saw a rebirth in knowledge. The Renaissance was turning from God to man.
  • Jan 1, 1360

    Aztec Civilization

    The Aztec Civilization had about 15 million people in their settlement who lived in about five hundred communities. In this famous city, the government controlled and was responsible for punishment, agriculture, and all aspects of the civilization’s economy.
  • Jan 1, 1490

    Inca Civilization

    The Incas were an ancient people who in the 16th century controlled the greatest empire in the Americas. There are two main legends: The Legend of the Ayar Brothers and the Legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo who emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca in Puno.
  • Aug 3, 1492

    Christopher Colombus Discovers America

    Columbus led his three ships - the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria - out of the Spanish port of Palos on August 3, 1492. His objective was to sail west until he reached Asia (the Indies) where the riches of gold, pearls and spice awiated.
  • Jan 1, 1494

    Line of Demarcation

    An imaginary line that runs down the middle of the Atlantic Ocean from the North Pole to the South Pole. It divides the Amercas between Spain and Portugal
  • Jan 1, 1565

    St. Augustine - First Permanent Spanish Settlement

    St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin in the United States. Forty-two years before the English colonized Jamestown and fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Spanish established at St. Augustine this nation's first enduring settlement.
  • Quebec Founded

    Quebec City was founded on July 3, 1608, by Samuel de Champlain. Champlain named his settlement after a local native word meaning “the river narrows here.” Champlain's settlement was located at the foot of Cap Diamant, the peninsula on which Old Quebec lies today.
  • House of Burgessess Established

    The first legislature anywhere in the English colonies in America was in Virginia. This was the House of Burgesses, and it first met on July 30, 1619, at a church in Jamestown. Its first order of business was to set a minimum price for the sale of tobacco.
  • MayFlower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact was drawn up on the Mayflower, under these circumstances as described by Gov. William Bradford. Almost half of the colonists were part of a separatist group seeking the freedom to practice Christianity according to their own determination and not the will of the Anglican Church.
  • Harvard College Founded

    Harvard was founded in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and named for its first donor, the Reverend John Harvard, who left his personal library and half his estate to the new institution. Although nothing remains of its earliest buildings, brass markers in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue now indicate where the Goffe and Peyntree Houses once stood.
  • Act of Toleration passed in Maryland

    It reveals, upon the one hand, Christendom's mercilessness toward the freethinker -- in which mercilessness, whether through conviction or policy, Baltimore acquiesced -- and, on the other hand, that aspiration toward friendship within the Christian fold which is even yet hardly more than a pious wish, and which in the seventeenth century could have been felt by very few.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    The House of Burgesses passed the first official codes to establish perpetual slavery for blacks, but the costs of producing tobacco remained too high compared to the prices paid for the annual crops. Governor William Berkely coopted the gentry on the Council, and avoided calling a new election for the House of Burgesses between 1661-1676. As a result, there was no political outlet for the unhappy planters.