Development of the United States From Colonies to Country

  • Period: Jan 1, 1492 to

    Events 1492-1787

  • Sep 1, 1492

    Columbus Discovers America

    Christopher Columbus' first voyage, while he thought he had skirted the West Indies he had actually discovered America. He called the Natives "Indians", this is the most known name used for this major race throughout the rest of history. Without him discovering America events making history would not have occured.
  • Mayflower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact was signed by 41 Englishmen on the Mayflower ship. The compact was established to prevent dissent among Puritans and non-separatist Pilgrams who had landed at Plymouth. This was the first written framework of government established in America. It was a big step towards self government in America.
  • The Albany Congress

    Representatives from seven colonies met with 150 Iroquois Chiefs in Albany, NY. Even though ony seven out of thirteen colonies showed up, the purpose was to unite all colonies. The Albany Plan of Union made impressions for later gatherings such as the continental congress.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris 1763 ended the French and Indian War. This made a huge impact of change in the Americas. It led to taxation on colonies in order to pay debt, which led to the American Revolution. The French lost its power in North America, and settlement beyond the Appalachian Mountains was prohibited. This also allowed the British to gain control over the area west of the 13 British Colonies to the Mississippi River. This left less territory to claim.
  • Proclamtion of 1763

    The King and his council presented the proclamation as a measure to calm the fears of Indians, who felt that the colonists would take over their land as they moved westward. This directly prohibited settlement of colonists west of the Appalachians. This helped America by lowering the chance of causing another huge problem with the Indians, and starting a war.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The British forced a monopoly of East India Tea. The Sons of Liberty converged the merchants and demanded that they do not import this tea, and the merchants refused. This caused men to dress up like Idians, they boarded the ships, dumped the tea, and taxes were not collected. This had a huge impact on showing the British power , it was also an even that lead to the start of the American Revolution.
  • Patrick Henry's Speech

    Patrick Henry gave the "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, this speech made a huge impact on America. He set up his speech to give reasons, then state his claim at the end. He wanted to receive freedom from British rule. He was ready to fight in order to get liberty. This impacted Americans to realize what needed to be done to get their liberty.
  • The First Virginia Constitution

    The First Virginia Constitution was a bill for new-modeling the form of government and for establishing the Fundamental principles in Virginia, This was adopted on June 29, without proper referendum. This was a good impression on the United States Constitution.
  • French Alliance

    The United States and France signed the French Alliance. This treaty provided for a defensive alliance to help France if England would attack. Neither France nor the United States would be allowed to make peace with England until the independence of the United States was recognized. This was significant because the United States and France forming allies caused more conflict with England later in American history.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris. This ended Amercan Revolutin, it allowed the British to recognize American independence, removed British troops from New York, etc. This ended conflict between America and Great Britain, which a good impact on America.