Events of Colonial Era

  • Sep 8, 1492

    Encounter of New World

    Colombus sailed the ocean blue
  • Period: Sep 8, 1492 to

    European Colonization

  • Sep 8, 1534

    Sailing of the St. Lawrence

    Rapids were too great Jacque Cartier and crew could not get through.
  • Sep 8, 1538

    Hernando de Soto Expedition

    Set sail for the Florida peninsula in nine vessels
  • Sep 8, 1540

    Coronado Expedition

    Considered a colossal failure.
  • Sep 8, 1550

    Founding Santa Fe

    Founded by Juan de Onate
  • Sep 8, 1565

    Establishment of St. Augustine

    Oldest continuously occupied settlement
  • The Roanoke Colony

    The year it was founded.
  • Jamestown, Virginia

    The first permanent British settlement in North America.
  • Founding Quebec

    The "Father of New France" founded Quebec.
  • Introduction of Tobacco

    First profitable export.
  • First slaves arrive in Virginia

    These blacks were sold/traded into servitude for supplies.
  • Founding of Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Known as "America's Hometown"
  • Fur Trade with Indians

    French began trade of fur with Indians, along with other goods such as iron tools,wool blankets, colorful cloths, and guns.
  • Founding of the South Carolina Colony

    King Charles II gave the land to eight noble men known as The Lords Proprietors. At the time, the province included both North Carolina and South Carolina. North and South Carolina became separate royal colonies in 1729.
  • Marquette & Joliet sail the Mississippi

    First white men to enter what is now known as Illinois.
  • Pueblo Revolt

    Greatest and most successful rebellion of its sort in North American history.
  • Founding of the Pennsylvania Colony

    William Penn founded Pennsylvania with a land grant that was owed his deceased Father. His goal was to create a colony that allowed for freedom of religion due to his desire to protect himself and fellow Quakers from persecution.
  • Beavers Wars

    Terrible and brutal wars fought by the Iroquois and the French.
  • Founding of the Georgia Colony

    Founded by James Oglethorpe. This was located between South Carolina and Florida. It had two main purposes: to serve as a place where debtors in prison could go to start anew and it served as a barrier against Spanish expansion from Florida.