Timeline

  • Massacre at Mystic

    Massacre at Mystic
    Englishman allied with Native American tribes, Narragansett and Mohegan, to massacre the Pequot tribe at Fort Mystic. The English later tried to even destroy their culture and existence as a whole.
  • The Scalp Act

    The Scalp Act
    governor Robert Morris enacted the Scalp Act. Anyone who brought in a male scalp above age of 12 would be given $150, for females above age of 12 or males under the age of 12, they would be paid $130.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    During the 1760s, Britain was riddled with debt and imposed multiple taxes unto the colonies, one of the taxes was the tea tax. This led to people boycotting Boston tea and smuggling their own tea in, and eventually led to the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. The Boston Tea Party occurred when Americans furious at the taxes for tea dumped over 300 crates of tea into Griffin's Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19, 1775, started the American Revolution. Tensions had been between the residents of the colonies and the British authorities. On the night of April 18, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to Concord to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began moving to cut off the Redcoat column. A battle on Lexington started the fighting, and the British retreated while under fire.
  • The Declaration of Independence is Signed

    The Declaration of Independence is Signed
    On August 2, 1776, Congress members signed the declaration in The Pennsylvania Statehouse. Not everyone who was present on July 4 signed the declaration on August 2. Two people declined the chance to sign it and others signed it later. The first and largest signature was that of the president of the Congress, John Hancock.
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    Winter at Valley Forge

    In December, 1777, General George Washington moved the Continental Army to their winter quarters at Valley Forge. By the time the army marched into Valley Forge on December 19, they were suffering not only from cold, hunger, and fatigue, but also from low morale. During these six months in cold sadness the army suffered from a lack of resources, such as clothing and blankets. Around 3,000 soldiers fell ill and the army was said to be the image of starved and injured soldiers.
  • The Articles of Confederation are Ratified

    The Articles of Confederation are Ratified
    On March 1, 1781, the Articles of Confederation were ratified. The Articles were signed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification on November 15, 1777, after 16 months of debate. Arguments over land claims between Virginia and Maryland delayed the ratification for around four more years. Maryland finally approved the Articles on March 1, 1781, making the Articles the outline of the official government of the United States.
  • The Ratification of the Constitution

    The Ratification of the Constitution
    The Constitution became the official framework of the government of the United States of America when New Hampshire became the ninth of 13 states to ratify it in 1788.
  • Presidential Inauguration of George Washington

    Presidential Inauguration of George Washington
    On April 30, 1789, George Washington is sworn in as the first American president and delivers the first inaugural speech at Federal Hall in New York City. It was noted by observers that it seemed Washington would rather be at the front of the war than the front of the government.
  • Washington’s Farewell Address

    Washington’s Farewell Address
    The annual reading of George Washington's farewell address has been a long term tradition of the senate. In this letter to “Friends and Citizens,” Washington warned that fighting amongst ourselves and letting foreign powers interfere in domestic affairs threatened the stability of the Republic. He encouraged American citizens to be more unified to support national interests.
  • The Death of George Washington

    The Death of George Washington
    George Washington's death is a mystery, while there are good solid theories the exact cause isn't positive. The leading ones are blood loss and an illness concocted from being in damp clothes. Two days before the death of George Washington he was overseeing farm activities in heavy snow, this dampened his clothes. Washington however being a man of punctuality attended dinner in the damp cold clothes. Later George Washington fell ill and in attempt to cure him physicians drew a lot of his blood.
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    Election of 1800

    The election of 1800 was held in October 31 to December 3, 1800. Thomas Jefferson of the Democratic-Republican Party defeated John Adams of the Federalist Party.This election was the first successful transfer of power.
  • Slave trade ends in the United States

    Slave trade ends in the United States
    The U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States”
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

    Battle of Tippecanoe
    A battle near present-day Lafayette, Indiana between U.S. forces lead by Governor William Henry Harrison and Native American warriors with the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. It was a significant defeat for Tecumseh's American Indian Confederation.
  • The Missouri Compromise

    The Missouri Compromise
    In an effort to preserve the balance of power in Congress between slave and free states, the Missouri Compromise was passed in 1820 admitting Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state.
  • The Indian Removal Act

    The Indian Removal Act
    The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson, authorizing the president to grant lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for Indian lands within existing state borders.
  • Nat Turner Rebellion

    Nat Turner Rebellion
    A rebellion led by Nat Turner against the restriction of education, movement, and assembly of African Americans.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Cherokee Indians are forced to move from Georgia to Arkansas by President Andrew Jackson. Thousands of Native Americans died in the forced move
  • The Dead Rabbit Riot

    The Dead Rabbit Riot
    A small street fight that evolved into a full blown gang war between the Dead Rabbits and Bowery Boys
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation stating all slaves in rebellious states, during the Civil War, free.
  • 13th amendment

    13th amendment
    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
  • 14th amendment

    14th amendment
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
  • Rockefeller Opens Standard Oil

    Rockefeller Opens Standard Oil
    He then controlled 90 percent of the U.S.'s oil and was accused of fraudulent acts in regards to his oil prices. He couldn't be punished however and had just as much if not more power than the government.
  • 15th amendment

    15th amendment
    The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
  • Battle of Little Big Horn

    Battle of Little Big Horn
    Native Americans went to battle and destroyed Custard's unit at Little Big Horn river.
  • Oklahoma Land Race

    Oklahoma Land Race
    President Benjamin Harrison agreed to open Indian territory for white settlers. At noon tens of thousands of settlers rushed to claim cheap land.
  • The Battle of Wounded Knee

    The Battle of Wounded Knee
    This was a massacre that left about 150 Indians dead. It was the final conflict between federal troops and the Sioux.
  • Ellis Island Opens to Process Immigrants

    Ellis Island Opens to Process Immigrants
    In the 1800's extreme instability in Europe caused the largest migration of immigrants that has ever been seen in America. At the time Castle Garden was still handling immigrants however America realized that Castle Garden was ill prepared and opened Ellis Island for immigrants. Ellis Island then went on to handle over twelve million immigration requests
  • Plessy vs Ferguson

    Plessy vs Ferguson
    A decision in the supreme court stating that racial segregation laws do not violate the constitution as long as their separate facilities were equal.
  • The U.S. Steel Corporation is Founded

    The U.S. Steel Corporation is Founded
    J.P. Morgan merged his steel company with Carnegie's, this created a monopoly over steel and provided the first billion dollar company.
  • The 16th Amendment is Passed

    The 16th Amendment is Passed
    Allowed Congress to impose a Federal Income Tax
  • Angel Island Opens

    Angel Island Opens
    Despite the objections of Chinese community leaders, this quickly built immigration station was opened on the northeastern edge of Angel Island, to receive immigrants
  • Empire Building Is Constructed

    Empire Building Is Constructed
    Built at the start of The Great Depression it provided 3000 jobs and was the tallest skyscraper in it's time