Colonial Timeline

By Krauseq
  • Oct 12, 1492

    Columbus arrives at the New World

    Europeans could expand to new lands where there was more room.
  • Oct 1, 1501

    The word "America" first used

    Confirmation that this was a new land mass, not the East Indies.
  • Oct 1, 1565

    1st Permanent colony in St. Augustine

    They could develop a life instead of the places they stayed being so temporary.
  • Oct 1, 1570

    Five nations of Iroquois form a confederacy.

    They were a powerful bloc and both the French and the English wanted them on their side.
  • Roanoke settlement established

    First English settlement.
  • First English child is born in Roanoke

    This is the first European "Native American."
  • Jamestown founded

    America's first permanent English colony.
  • Dutch begin slave trade

    Caused much upheaval in America.
  • House of Burgasses

    Established government in the colonies.
  • Mayflower arrived in America

    Established a place free of religious persecution.
  • Pequot War

    The first serious battle between indigenous people and settlers in New England.
  • Rhode Island enacts first law banning slavery

    It was the beginning of some colonies opposition to slavery.
  • The Quakers arrive

    They had many different views that hadn't been heard before.
  • King Phillip's War

    Beginning of colonist having an identity as Americans rather than English subjects.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    First rebellion in the New World between the social classes.
  • La Salle claims Louisiana for Louis XIV

    Created further tensions with the English and French with competing colonial aspirations.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Demonstrated problems in the legal system.
  • First Great Awakening

    It spurred a rebelliousness among the population.
  • George Washington was born

    He was the first president of the United States.
  • Beginning of the French/Indian war

    Resulted in British dominance in Eastern half of North America.