European Nations Settle in North America By rachelf1996 Apr 1, 1524 New York Harbor Verrazzand, sailing for France, discovers New York Harbor. Apr 1, 1534 St. Lawrence River Frechman Jacques Cartier navigate the St. Lawrence River names an Island Along the River Montreal. Apr 1, 1607 Jamestown Jamestown is founded on the coast of Virginia by 100 English Settlers. Apr 1, 1616 Smallpox An epidemic of smallpox kills many Native Americans on the New England coast. Apr 1, 1620 Plymouth, Massachusetts Pilgrims from England found an English Colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Apr 1, 1664 New York The Duke of York drives out the Dutch in New Netherland. The Duke of York claims the colony for England and renames it New York. Apr 1, 1675 King Phillips King Phillip's War begins in Colonial vilages of Massachusetts, between colonists and Native Americans. Apr 1, 1754 French and Indian War War between the British and the French, known as the French and Indian War. The war is fought over disputed land claims in the Ohio Valley.