colonial america

  • Roanoke

    In August of 1590, White finally returned to Roanoke, where he left other settlers three years previously. He found no trace of the colonists and barley any clues to what happened, besides a single word—“Croatoan”—carved into a tree.
  • Maryland

    Maryland became one of the few Catholic regions among the English colonies in North America. Maryland is also one of the key destinations where the government sent tens of thousands of English prisoners punished by sentences of transportation. Such punishment persisted until the Revolutionary War.
  • Jamestown

    The settlers of the new colony were immediately besieged by attacks from natives, rampant disease, and internal political strife.Their first winter, more than half of the colonists perished from famine and illness.
  • salutary neglect

    salutary neglect
    Salutary neglect was Britain's policy, initiated by prime minister Robert Walpole, in order to relax the enforcement of strict regulations, particularly trade laws, imposed on the American colonies late in the seventeenth and early in the eighteenth centuries.
  • House of burgesses

    House of burgesses
    Many differences have separated France and Spain from England, possibly the factor that contributed most to paths of colonization was the form of government.
    France and Spain had full monarchies, but Britain had little monarchy. In New Spain and New France, all authority flowed from the Crown to the settlers.
  • mayflower compact

    mayflower compact
    The Mayflower Compact Was an Agreement to Bind Colonists Together. In England, the Separatists signed a contract with Virginia Company to establish a colony near the Hudson River, which at the time was part of Virginia.
  • massachusetts bay colony

    massachusetts bay colony
    The Massachusetts Bay Colony was the first English chartered colony whose board of governors did not reside in England. The independence helped settlers maintain their Puritan religious practices without interference from the king, Archbishop Laud, or the Anglican Church.
  • rhode island

    rhode island
    Although it is a small area, Rhode Island, known as the “Ocean State,” boasts over 400 miles of coastline. Rhode Island was found by Roger Williams in 1636, who had been banished from the Massachusetts colony for his advocacy of religious beliefs.
  • Conneticut

    By 1645,Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford had united to form River Colony, which is currently known as Connecticut. Concerns about ambushes by Indians and Dutch made both colonies become part of the New England Confederation in 1643.
  • maryland toleration act

    maryland toleration act
    Before the First Amendment was adopted, the assembly Maryland passed “An Act Concerning Religion,” called the Maryland Toleration Act of 1649. The act was meant to ensure freedom of religion for Christian settlers of diverse persuasions in the colony.
  • Bacon's rebellion

    Bacon's rebellion
    Bacon's Rebellion was one of the most confusing yet intriguing chapters in Jamestown's history.Historians considered the Virginia Rebellion to be the first stirring of revolutionary sentiment in America, which began in the American Revolution almost a hundred years later.In the past few decades, based on findings from a more distant viewpoint, historians came to understand Bacon's Rebellion as a power struggle between stubborn, selfish leaders rather than a clean fight against tyranny.
  • Salem Witch trials

    Salem Witch trials
    The Salem witch trials began in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. Over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 were executed. Soon after the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. The story of the trials has become synonymous with injustice.
  • great awakening

    great awakening
    The Great Awakening was a religious revival that impacted the English colonies in America during the 1730s and 1740s.
  • Albany plan

    Albany plan
    The Albany Plan was a plan to place the British North American colonies under a united government. July 10, 1754, representatives from the British North American colonies adopted the plan.
  • French and Indian war

    French and Indian war
    The American Indians were fighting to maintain control of their land and their cultural future. The French claim the Ohio River Valley. They want to trade with the American Indians and control the area, but,the British also claimed the Upper Ohio River Valley.
  • proclomation of 1763

    proclomation of 1763
    The Proclamation of 1763 was a British-produced boundary marked in the Appalachian Mountains at the Eastern Continental Divide.
  • Pennsylvania

    As one of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania wa fs origanally founded by William Penn as a haven for his fellow Quakers. Pennsylvania's capital, Philadelphia, is the site of the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775.
  • carolina

    Carolina was also one of the Original 13 colonies. although it became a state on November 21,1789. North Carolina was the first state to instruct its delegates to vote for independence from the British crown during the Continental Congress.
  • Great migration

    Great migration
    The Great Migration was one of the largest movements of people in United States history. Almost Six million Black Americans moved in 1910-1970. The mass movement was to escape racial violence, gain economic and educational opportunities, and obtain freedom from the cruelty of Jim Crow.
  • New York

    New York
    The first New Yorkers were the Lenape, people who hunted, fished and farmed in the area between the Delaware and Hudson river – the first was Giovanni da Verrazzano. That year, the West India Company sent 30 families to live and work on “Nutten Island” they called New Amsterdam. In 1626, the settlement’s general, Peter Minuit, purchased the much larger Manhattan Island from the Indians, (now called New York City; population 18,000)