Colonial Timeline

  • Oct 12, 1492

    Colombus First Voyage

    Colombus First Voyage
    Columbus sailed for the West Indies, but discovered the Americas. First European to land in the Americas.
  • Jan 1, 1510

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    Vaso Nunez de Balboa was the first European to set eyes on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Jan 1, 1519

    Cortes conquers Aztecs

    Cortes conquers Aztecs
    Hernando Cortes sailed from Cuba to Mexico and conquered Aztecz with 500 men.
  • Jan 1, 1522

    First ship to circumnavigate.

    First ship to circumnavigate.
    One of Magellan's ships circumnavigated which is traveling all the way around the earth. The ships were looking for Atlantic-Pacific passage.
  • Jan 1, 1532

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro
    Francisco Pizarro lead 170 soldiers into South America and conquered the Incas.
  • First colony Roanoke Island

    First colony Roanoke Island
    first colony in North America, but was abandoned a year after it was settled.
  • Spanish Armada

    Spanish Armada
    King Phillip assembled a fleet of 130 ships known as the Spanish Armada to defeat Queen Elizabeth. King Phillip wanted to restore the Catholic faith in England. The England and Spanish ships off the coast of France and the English defeated the Armada because they had smaller and faster ships.
  • Founding of Jamestown

    Founding of Jamestown
    First established colony in America called Jamestown founded by Virginia Bay Company.
  • John Smith

    John Smith
    John Smith in the fall of 1608 was sent to lead the Jamestown colony.His most important rule was "He who works not, eats not."
  • Henry Hudson

    Henry Hudson
    Henry hudson by the date of 1610 sailed four voyages in search of a Northwest passage. He was mutinied on the fourth voyage.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    Pilgrims sailed for Virginia. Storms had blown them off coarse and they landed far north at what is Massachusetts today. Named their home Plymouth. Because they landed soo fr north they felt they were not bound with rules of Virginia Company. They needed rules so before going ashore 41 adult men signed the Mayflower Compact.
  • Puritans in North America and Massachusetts Bay Colony

    Puritans in North America and Massachusetts Bay Colony
    In 1630 900 Puritans left England for North America with 11 ships. they formed the Massachusetts Bay Colony which recieved a charter to establish settlement in Massachusetts. They were lead by John Winthrop.
  • Roger Williams

    Roger Williams
    Roger believed Puritans should split entirely from the Church of England, criticized colonist who seized Native American lands. He was forced to leave Massachusetts Bay in 1635 and in 1636 he founded the town of Providence.
  • Anne Hutchinson

    Anne Hutchinson
    Anne questioned some of the Puritans teachings. In 1638 she was put on trial and expelled from Massachusetts. she established a settlement on an island which is now part of Rhode Island.
  • Jacques Marquette

    Jacques Marquette
    Marquette and Louis Joilet paddled conoes in Lake Michigan, they made their way west and reached the Mississippi. They followed the river for a month thinking it was the northwest passage, but ounce they rached its junction the Arkansas River.