Ellie Ransom-Lacroix American History Timeline

  • Nathaniel Bacon Attacks the Native Americans

    Nathaniel Bacon organized a militia to attack the Native Americans to get additional land in western Virginia. This was the start of his rise to power (which did not last very long).
  • Nathaniel Bacon Dies

    Nathaniel Bacon dies of dysentery shortly after the burning of Jamestown, and the Bacon Rebellion fizzled out. However, its impact was to increase support for western farmers against the Native Americans. It also caused the leaders in the Southern Colonies to try to prevent the poor white people from teaming up with slaves (basically by promoting racism), and also to prevent the slaves from teaming up with Native Americans.
  • Nathaniel Bacon Burns Jamestown

    Bacon was not satisfied with the lack of support of the House of Burgesses (the Virginia state government) for the fight against the Native Americans, and he also thought Governor Berkeley was corrupt. So he organized a militia and attacked Jamestown, burning it to the ground, which demonstrated to many wealthy farmers the danger of ignoring the western Virginia farmers' desire to expand.
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    Salem Witch Accusations and Trials

    Over one hundred people in Salem, Massachusetts are accused of witchcraft. It was driven by the strong religious beliefs of the Puritans in Salem, and by the pastor who thought he was protecting his daughters.
  • First hanging from Salem witch trials

    Bridget Bishop was hanged in Salem, Massachusetts. This showed that the accusations of witchcraft were going to result in death, and the danger of religious fanatics.
  • First Men Executed

    4 men (and 1 woman) were hung. The men's names were George Burroughs, George Jacobs, John Proctor, and John Willard. Many people think the Salem Witch Trials targeted only women, and was driven by misogyny. However, men were targeted and executed as well.
  • Giles Cory is Crushed

    81 year old Giles Cory was pressed to death for refusing to testify in the Salem Witch Trials. So it was not just people accused of witchcraft who were executed. It shows how obsessed the accusers were.
  • The Last Executions

    A mass hanging of 8 people. There were 6 women and 2 men hung. However, the executions ended when the mayor's wife was accused - all of the accused were then released. (It is sort of like reverse nepotism.)
  • Indigo Established as Cash Crop

    In the early 1740s in the Southern Colonies, Eliza Lucas discovered that indigo grew well on high ground and sandy soil. That resulted in indigo becoming another cash crop, providing additional wealth to southern farmers. It probably also led to more slavery (very bad).
  • The Sugar Act

    The British government put a tax on goods such as sugar and molasses to pay for the war they just had. The colonists were very unhappy
  • The Stamp Act Crisis

    The government put a tax on paper (newspapers, posters, playing cards, etc...) The colonists were very angry about having to pay more money because they did not get to vote on the act
  • Painting of the Stamp Act

    The Painting was "Protesting the Stamp Act". It was of the colonists burning up stamps in protest.
  • Letter in the Boston-Gazette

    A man makes a letter addressed to the "Countrymen". He was saying that as Americans it was their "duty to fight this tax". He was explaining how he thought that the tax the British put on American goods was unfair.
  • Speech to the House of Commons

    William Pitt made a speech to the House of Commons in England. He stated that he thought that the British had no right to tax the colonies.
  • The Townshend Acts

    people were upset because the british imposed taxes on trade goods
  • The Boston Massacre

    There was a shooting between the British soldiers and the colonists and 5 people were killed. The government wanted to kill people who stood up for their rights, but there is a lot of conflicting propaganda which makes it hard to know what really happened.
  • The Bloody Massacre in King-Street Art Piece

    The Bloody Massacre in King-Street Engraving was made by Paul Revere. He was a silversmith. The event in the engraving was on March 5, 1770. Looks like it is Anti-British Propaganda
  • The Boston Tea Party

    150 men snuck into a dock and dumped all the the tea in a ship overboard in protest of the British Parliament
  • The Boston Tea Party

    150 men snuck into a dock and dumped all the the tea in a ship overboard in protest of the British Parliament
  • The Boston Tea Party

    150 men snuck on board of British ships in a dock and dumped all of the tea overboard in protest of the British Parliament
  • Tobacco and Rice Exports Are Equal

    In 1775, tobacco and rice were exported to England in an equal amount. This showed the importance of the rice trade to Southern Colonies farmers. And exports of rice rose very steeply after 1760. Tobacco had always been important, but rice was becoming very important as well.
  • Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms

    "Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms" was created by the Second Continental Congress.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence was created after the American Revolution.
  • Struggle in the Carolinas

    3,500 British troops took over Savannah, Georgia. They took over Georgia's backcountry. The British Loyal Governor regained power
  • Charles Town

    When Clinton attacked Charles Town, his soldiers closed in on the town and trapped the Americans inside. He had 14,000. Then the Americans surrendered.
  • The Battle of Kings Mountain

    Ferguson destroyed the army of the over-mountain men. This angered southern farmers.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    Cornwallis marched into Virginia. He believed that new troops and supplies would come in if the Americans had control over Virginia.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    The United States was recognized by the British as a new nations. The Mississippi River was the western border.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    In Massachusetts, there was a rebellion because of the government. They raised taxes and no longer allowed paper money to pay off debts.
  • Farmers Rebelling

    The farmers were angry with the government. The closed down courthouses and marched into the state supreme court.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Delegates of the Constitutional Convention attempted to change the Articles of Confederation. They started to make a new constitution from a new national government.
  • Political and Economic Issues

    There were problems with the politics and economics in the United States. It worried american leaders. There was a weak central government
  • Robert Fulton's Steamboat

    Robert Fulton's Steamboat travels from New York City to Albany, introducing the use of steamboats to transport people and goods.
  • The Battle of Horseshoe Bend

    Andrew Jackson led a battle against the Creek Indians and killed hundreds of them. He had help from the Cherokee because he promised to treat them well.
  • The National Road

    Congress authorizes the construction of the National Road, also known as Cumberland Road. That dramatically improved traveled between Maryland and Virginia.
  • Erie Canal

    New York authorizes the construction of the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo, NY. That helped improve trade.
  • Main Apportionment

    Congress passed a law that gave Maine representatives in the House of Representatives. Main became a state so it had to have congress people.
  • Treaty between Shawnee & Cherokee

    Lewis Cass promised the Shawnee and Cherokees if they moved west of the Mississippi, the Americans would never try to take their land. Liar
  • B & O Railroad

    A group of businessmen form the B & O Railroad. The biggest thing in the transportation revolution. Was able to ship goods to long distances.
  • 1828 Election

    Andrew Jackson won the Election of 1828
  • The Seminole Uprising

    The Seminole tribe had a long battle with American forces because they stood their ground and refused to leave. They killed many people. Eventually they were arrested and died in jail.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    A democrat from Pennsylvania named David Wilmot "proposed that in any territory that the United States gained from Mexico 'neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist"(284).
  • The Compromise of 1850

    There was a debate to whether or not California should be allowed "into the Union as a free state" which resulted in the Compromise of 1850. California joined the Union.
  • Lincoln Wins Debate

    "Abraham Lincoln wins national-attention during Lincoln-Douglas debates"(page 305)
  • Lincoln and Sucession

    Lincoln is elected and secession begins
  • Blockage of Confederate Ports

    Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a blockage of the confederate ports as part of an operation against the south
  • Succession Begins

    Dissolution of the Union started with South Carolina. Political conflicts between the North and South. Congress finds a compromise. the secessionists ignore that congress was trying to help so they stole all of the federal property
  • Civil War Begins

    During Lincoln's inaugural address, he spoke directly towards the seceding states. Lincoln repeated his commitment; intended with the seceding states "hold, occupy, and possess"