Historical Timeline: 1607 to 1763

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  • Jamestown

    First English settlement in the New World. Capt. John Smith is among the 103 settlers.
  • Landing at Plymouth Rock

    Landing at Plymouth Rock
    Pilgrims travel on the "Mayflower" to the New World searching for religious freedom. Plymouth Rock was identified as the first solid land the Pilgrims set foot on.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Puritans establish the settlement in Plymouth. The adult male Puritans sign the Mayflower Compact, which established a government and legal structure.
  • Massacre of 1622

    Massacre of 1622
    The Indian Massacre of 1622 -- one third of the Jamestown colony, approximately three hundred settlers, were killed by the Pohwatans.
  • Purchase of Manhattan

    Purchase of Manhattan
    Peter Minuit purchased the island of Manhattan from the Man-a-hat-a Indians for 60 Dutch guilders, an equivalent of $24 USD. He became the Director-General of the Dutch colony of New Netherland until 1633.
  • Rhode Island

    Rhode Island
    Providence, Rhode Island, is established as a colony by Roger Williams.
  • Harvard

    Harvard College is founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Roger Williams

    Roger Williams
    Roger Williams published "A Key into Language of Americas," describing the Native American languages. This is the first study of an Amerindian language in English.
  • Jewish Settlement in the New World

    Jewish Settlement in the New World
    Jewish settlement in the American colonies -- an arrival of 23 settlers from Brazil in New Amsterdam.
  • New York

    New York
    British troops sieze New Netherlands from the Dutch peacefully. The Duke of York, James II, is granted the city of New Amsterdam, which is renamed New York.
  • Bacon's Rebllion

    Bacon's Rebllion
    Nathaniel Bacon leads a rebellion of planters against Governor Berkeley in the Virginia colony. The rebellion caused the burning of Jamestown.
  • Sieur de LaSalle

    Sieur de LaSalle
    Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle, explores the lower Mississippi River Valley, Louisiana, after the region is claimed by France.
  • William Penn

    William Penn
    William Penn signs a treaty with the Delaware Indians and pays for land that become the colony of Pennsylvania.
  • First Newspaper published

    First Newspaper published
    "Publick Occurrence, Both Foreign and Domestick, the first newspaper was printed by Richard Pierce and edited by Benjamin Harris. The first issue of the newspaper was also its last issue.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    From February 1692 until May 1693 the Salem Witch Trials resulted in the arrest of 150 people and the death of nineteen.
  • French Settment in Mississippi

    French Settment in Mississippi
    Fort Maurepas (Old Biloxi) was under the direction of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iverville. His teenage brother, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne Bienville, was made second in command.
  • Deerfield Massachusetts

    Deerfield Massachusetts
    The town of Deerfield was attacked by Native Americans. Forty-nine were killed and one hundred were taken captive.
  • First Regular newspaper

    First Regular newspaper
    The Boston News-Letter was published in Boston, MA by John Campbell, the postmaster.
  • Queen Anne's War - North American front in the War of Spanish Succession

    Queen Anne's War - North American front in the War of Spanish Succession
    The Treaty of Utrecht ended the War of Spanish Succession (along with Queen Anne's War), giving Nova Scotia to tthe British.
  • Play Booth Theater

    Play Booth Theater
    Play Booth Theater, the first theater in the colonies opened for business by William Levingston in Williamsburg, VA.
  • City of New Orleans

    City of New Orleans
    French Governor of the Louisiana colony, Jean Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville with the French Mississippi Company founded the City of New Orleans.
  • Blackbeard

    The English pirate, Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, was killed off the coast of Ocracoke Island in North Carolina.
  • French Quarter

    French Quarter
    French Royal engineer, Adrien de Pauger laid out the plans for the French Quarter in New Orleans.
  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin bought an interest in the Pennsylvania Gazetter, founded in 1728 by Samuel Keimer.
  • Poor Richard's Almanack

    Poor Richard's Almanack
    Benjamin Franklin published twenty-six annual edtions of Poor Richard's Almanack.
  • Freedom of the Press

    Freedom of the Press
    Freedom of the Press became recognized in New York after the trial of John Peter Zenger. Due to the eloquence of Alexander Hamilton's arguments, Zenger was acquitted.
  • Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth Rock
    The Plymouth colony record keeper, Thomas Faunce, identified the exact rock that was the 1620 landing rock.
  • Lightning Rod

    Lightning Rod
    Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod after proving that lightning was electricity by flying a kite in a thunderstorm.
  • Fort Duquesne

    Fort Duquesne
    Initial action of the French and Indian War began when French Forces occupied Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh.
  • 1763 Treaty of Paris

    1763 Treaty of Paris
    French and Indian War (Seven Years War) ends with the Treaty of Paris that cedes Canada and the American midwest to Britain.