Map of european colonies in north america

Colonial Timeline

  • Jamestown

    Jamestown was a settlement in Virginia and was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. It was established by the Virginia Company of London as James Fort on May 24, 1607.
  • Virginia House of Burgesses

    Virginia House of Burgesses
    The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly of elected officials in North America. The House was established by the Virginia Company, who created the body as part of an effort to encourage English craftsmen to settle in North America and to make conditions in the colony more agreeable for its people. It was established in Jamestown, Virginia on July 30, 1619
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document created by the Plymouth Colony. It was written by the separatists fleeing from religious persecution by King James of England
  • Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth Rock
    Plymouth Rock is the place where the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower landed in 1920
  • Toleration Act

    Toleration Act
    The Toleration Act was a law mandating religious tolerance for Trinitarian Christians.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    Bacon's Rebellion was an armed rebellion in 1676 by Virginia settlers led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of governor William Berkeley
  • Glorious Revolution

    Glorious Revolution
    The Glorious Revolution was the overthrow of King James II of England by a union of English Parliamentarians with the Dutch stadtholder William III of Orange-Nassau.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    It was a restatement in statutory form of the Declaration of Right presented by the Convention Parliament to William and Mary in March 1689 inviting them to become joint sovereigns of England.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693.
  • John Peter Zenger

    John Peter Zenger
    John Peter Zenger was a German American printer, publisher, editor, and journalists in New York City. He printed the New York Weekly Journal. He was a defendant in a landmark legal case in American jurisprudence, known as "The Zenger Trial", in which his lawyer, Andrew Hamilton, established that truth is a defense against charges of libel.
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    French and Indian War

    The war was fought primarily between the British and French with both sides supported by military units from their parent countries of Great Britain and France, who declared war on each other in 1756.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    In 1763, at the end of the French and Indian War, the British issued a proclamation. It forbidded settlers from settling past a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act imposed a direct tax by the British Parliament specifically on the colonies of America and it required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London, carrying an embossed revenue stamp. The Stamp Act was very unpopular among colonists.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    The Quartering Act ordered American colonies to provide the British soldiers with any needed accommodations. It also required colonists to provide food for any British soldiers in the area.
  • Declatory Act

    Declatory Act
    The Declatory Act was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain, which accompanied the repeal of the Stamp Act. Parliament repealed the Stamp Act because boycotts were hurting British trade.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was an incident on March 5, 1770, in which British Army soldiers killed five male civilians and injured six others. The British Soldiers were subjected to verbal threats and thrown objects before firing into the crowd.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The Tea Act's objective was to reduce the massive surplus of tea held by the financially troubled British East India Company in its London warehouses and to help the struggling company survive. A related objective was to undercut the price of tea smuggled into Britain's North American colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773. Disguised as American Indians, the demonstrators destroyed the entire supply of tea sent by the East India Company in defiance of the American boycott of tea carrying a tax the Americans had not authorized.
  • 1st Continental Congress

    1st Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from twelve colonies (Georgia was not present) that met on September 5, 1774, at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, early in the American Revolution.
  • 2nd Continental Congress

    2nd Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the 13 colonies that started meeting in the summer of 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, soon after warfare in the American Revolutionary War had begun.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3, 1783, ended the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain on one side and the United States of America and its allies on the other. Its territorial provisions were "exceedingly generous" to the United States in terms of enlarged boundaries.