From Columbus to 1754

  • Oct 30, 1492

    Columbus lands in the New World

    Columbus lands in the New World by accident while searching for a new route to the Indies.
  • Sep 30, 1511

    Spanish Invasion of Central America

    The Spanish invaded Central America and conquered the native empires.
  • Sep 30, 1513

    Ponce de Leon Arrives in Florida

    He is the first European to come to North America.
  • Sep 30, 1517

    Protestant Reformation

    Martin Luther and his followers challenged the Catholic Church for a return to the purer practices and beliefs of the early Church.
  • Oct 1, 1581

    Holland Wins Independence from Spain

    This allows Holland to become one of the richest and most prosperous nations.
  • Jamestown is Founded

    The Virginia Company names the colony in the king's honor.
  • House of Burgesses is Created

    The legislature of colonial Virginia, it was the first institution of representative government in English colonies.
  • Plymouth Colony is Settled

    Pilgrims, also known as Seperatists, sailed on the Mayflower and settled Plymouth Colony.
  • Natchez Rebellion

    Natives and African slaves banded together against the French killing more than 200 people.
  • Maryland Becomes a Colony

    Granted by King Charles the First, Maryland was a proprietary colony owned by the Calvert family.
  • Navigation Acts

    Lasting until 1696, this was the legal and institutional structure of Britain's colonial system.
  • Toleration Act

    An act passed by King Charles the Second, it orered a stop to religious persecution of Christians in Massachusetts.
  • Half-Way Covenant

    This was a plan adopted by the New England clergy which allowed children of baptized parents to be baptized whether or not their parents were converted, in an attempt to promote church membership.
  • King Philip's War Begins

    Lasting until 1676, this conflict was between Indian peoples and English settlers and was sparked by English encroachment.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Led by Nathaniel Bacon, this violent conflict was against Virginia's government regarding their lakc of involvement against Indian attacks.
  • Pennsylvania Founded

    Pennsylvania was given to the Quakers through William Penn by the king.
  • King William's War Begins

    Lasting until 1697, this was the first in a series of struggles between England and France. It occurred mostly in northern New England and New York.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    This public scare was the death of 20 people.
  • War of Jenkins's Ear

    This battle established the current Georgia/Florida border.
  • Great Awakening

    Occurring in the middle of the 18th century, this was the religious revival in North America.