Founding fathers

Founding Fathers Timeline

  • Massacre at Mystic

    Massacre at Mystic
    Also known as the Pequot War, Massacre of the Pequots, and Battle at Fort Mystic. This was where colonists from Connecticut had approached the Pequots before dawn, and burned their fort to the ground. Having the allied Indian tribes surround it, killing whoever escaped.
  • The Scalp Act

    The Scalp Act
    Where Governor Robert Morris proclaimed that, "anyone who brought in a male scalp above age of 12 would be given 150 pieces of eight, ($150), for females above age of 12 or males under the age of 12, they would be paid $130."
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea party was a mercantile protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    These two battles were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. Both battles were fought in the Middlesex county of Province, in Massachusetts bay. Including the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Cambridge, and Menotomy.
  • Declaration of Independence is signed

    Declaration of Independence is signed
    The official act taken from all 13 colonies that declared independence from British rule.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    This was an important aspect to the revolutionary war because the winter weather, impassable roads, and scant supplies are what stopped the fighting for the time period. Allowing American troops to find a defensible plateau where they could train and recover from the diseases and harsh weather.
  • Article of Confederation is Ratified

    Article of Confederation is Ratified
    Article of confederation is known as the first constitution of the US on November 15, 1777. But wasn't ratified by all 13 states until March of 1781.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The Battle of Yorktown is where the Franco-American army was able to entrap a major British army, resulting in their surrender on the peninsula of Yorktown, Virginia. This was the conclusion of the last major battle of the American Revolution. Beginning in September 28th, 1781 and ending in October 19th, 1781.
  • 3/5ths Compromise

    3/5ths Compromise
    The three-fifths was an agreement between Northern and Southern states, stating that the slave population would be counted for direct taxation and representation.
  • Constitution is Ratified

    Constitution is Ratified
    The government claimed that a strong government was necessary to lead the new nation. Promising a bill of rights to the constitution (the people).
  • Inauguration of George Washington

    Inauguration of George Washington
    A presidential inauguration is where the elected president makes his oath, and is officially declared Mr. President of the United States. George Washington's was held after the beginning of the first four-year term of Washington as president.
  • Washingtons fairwell address

    Washingtons fairwell address
    This was a letter written by George Washington as a valedictory to "friends and the fellow-citizens" after he served 20 years of public service to the United States. It was as you could say, a breakup letter with an "I'll always love you" at the end.
  • Death of George Washington

    Death of George Washington
    After catching a severe throat infection George Washington, the 1st president of the United States, had died.
  • Election Day , 1800

    Election Day , 1800
    From October 31st, to December 3rd of 1800, the presidential election between Jefferson and Adams had occurred. Thomas Jefferson represented the democrat-republican party, as John Adams was running on behalf of the Federalists. This election is well known as the, "Revolution of the 1800's".
  • Marbury vs Madison

    Marbury vs Madison
    The Marbury vs Madison, led by John Marshall, was a U.S Supreme court case that established the principle of Judicial review over acts of Congress. This case is what gave American courts the power to take down laws, acts, or statues that they feel violates the constitution.
  • Slave Trade in US Ends

    Slave Trade in US Ends
    New federal laws had made it illegal to import captive people from Africa into the United States as slaves,
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

    Battle of Tippecanoe
    This was a battle between American Soldiers and Native American warriors. Fought along the banks of Keth-tip-pe-can-nunk, which is a river in central Indiana. The battle began when Tecumseh organized a confederation of Native American tribes to fight against the pioneers flooding into their lands.
  • The Missouri Compromise

    The Missouri Compromise
    This compromise was to balance the power in Congress between slave and free states. It's also what made Missouri a slave state and Maine a free state.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    Signed by president Andrew Jackson in May of 1830, the Indian Removal Act forced Native American tribes to move to the lands west of the Mississippi river. In exchange to them moving there, President Jackson inherited the Indian lands.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Apart of the Indian Removal, the trail of tears was the US Government ethnically cleansing 60,000 Native Americans of Five Civilized Tribes between 1830 and 1850.
  • Nat Turner Rebellion

    Nat Turner Rebellion
    A two day event starting August 21st and ending August 23 of 1831, was known as the rebellion of fugitive slaves. They killed roughly 55-65 people, 51 for sure being white.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    An act that was passed by congress to capture and return any runaway slaves who escaped to another state or federal territory.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    The decision of the Us Supreme Court that even being in a free state and territory, it did not entitle an enslaved person. Because he was someone’s property, Scott was not a citizen and could not sue in a federal court.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Where President Abraham Lincoln on January 1st of 1863 had proclaimed that anyone held as a slave in rebellious territories, was now a free man.
  • 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."
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    This amendment is what gave African American men their right to vote as a US citizen.
  • Battle of little Bighorn

    Battle of little Bighorn
    Fought near the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory, the Battle of Little Bighorn was a war between federal troops and the Lakota & Cheyenne tribes. The war was fought due to the US Government discovering gold on Native American lands.
  • Battle of Wounded Knee

    Battle of Wounded Knee
    This war was a a massacre of nearly three hundred Lakota people by soldiers of the United States Army. Killing majority of their women and children.
  • Plessy vs Ferguson

    Plessy vs Ferguson
    The Plessy vs Ferguson was a US Supreme Court decision that declared, racial segregation laws did not violate the U.S. Constitution as long as the facilities for each race were equal in quality. This was well known as the, "separate but equal" doctrine. This decision lasted from April until May of 1896.