European Nations Settle in North America

  • Apr 15, 1524

    France discovers New York Harbor

    Verrazzano, sailing for France discovers New York Harbor
  • Apr 15, 1534

    Island along the River Montreal

    Frenchman Jacques Cartier navigates the St. Lawrence River names an island along the River Montreal.
  • Founding Jamestown

    Jamestown is founded on the coast of Viginia by 100 English settlers.
  • Colony of Quebec

    French explorer, Samuel de Chsmplain, founds the colony of Quebec.
  • New Netherlands

    Henry Hudson, exploring for the Netherlands, claims land that will become New Netherland.
  • Smallpox

    An epidemic of smallpox, brought by Europeans, kills many native Americans on the New England coast.
  • Plymouth Massachusetts

    Pligrims from England found an English coolony in Plymouth Massachusetts.
  • 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.
  • War between Colonists and Native Americans

    King Phillip's war begins in colonial villages of Massachusetts. between colonists and Native Ameircans.
  • Sieur de la Salle

    Sieur de la Salle explores the lower Mississippi Valley River, and claims the Valley for France and names it Louisiana in honor of the French King Louis XIV.
  • French and Indian War

    Wat between the British and French, known as the French and Indian war. The war is fought over disputed land claims in the Ohio Valley.