The Story of U.S.

  • Jan 1, 1100

    Crusades

    Crusades
    The Crusades were holy wars between the Christian's and Muslim's for Jarusalem, ( The Holy Land. ) They wanted the land because it played a huge role in their religion. Importance to U.S:
    This was important to us because along the way, crusaders adopted and discovered many new customs. If these hadn't been adopted, our culture may not have been as it is today.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1100 to Jan 1, 1532

    Pre-Exploration

    These voyages occured before exploration was a popular thing.
  • Jan 1, 1487

    Dias Voyage

    Dias Voyage
    Dias believed that he could sail to India by sailing around the tip of Africa. Sadly, he failed to do so. Importance to U.S.
    Not much was effected by this voyage, hoever, it did serve as an example that you should always try your best, even if you fail.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1487 to Jan 1, 1533

    Exploration

    These events caused us to find new areas
  • Jan 1, 1492

    Columbus Voyage

    Columbus Voyage
    In 1492, Columbus set out to find a quicker route to Asia, and traveled from the west to the East in order to do so. Using the vessels the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, he did sail west, however, he did not reach Asia, but instead reached the Carribean. Importance to U.S.
    After the discovery, the Columbian Exchange took place, and many customs were transferred between Europe and the America's.
  • Jan 1, 1497

    Vasco de Gama Voyage

    Vasco de Gama Voyage
    Vasco de Gama did what Dias did not; he reached India by sailing around the tip of Africa. Importance to U.S.
    New goods and trade routes were established after this voyage.
  • Jan 1, 1505

    Martin Luther Becomes a Monk

    Martin Luther Becomes a Monk
    One night, as Martin Luther was attempting to return home on horseback, he found himself stuck amidst a storm. He felt that he would die, so he made a "deal" with God that if he survived, he would become a monk. He survived, and kept his word. Importance to U.S.
    If the event didn't happen, Luther may not have become a monk, which would mean that the Protestant Reformation may not have occured.
  • Jan 1, 1513

    Ponce de Leon Explores Florida

    Ponce de Leon Explores Florida
    Ponce de Leon had been hired to claim land for Spanish Colonization, so he set our for Florida.However, he was also in search of the Fountain of Youth. He found Florida, but did not find the Fountain of Youth.
  • Oct 31, 1517

    Posting of the 95 Theses

    Posting of the 95 Theses
    Martin Luther began to question his loyalty to the lessons taught at his church, so he simply posted 95 theses on the door of the Wittenburg Church, explaining how the problems could be resolved. Importance to U.S
    This event partially acted as an example that you have freedom of speech, and also, it would play a huge role in beginning the Protestant Reformation, which later supplied new religious beliefs.
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Martin Luther is Excommunicated

    Martin Luther is Excommunicated
    After having enough "trouble" from Martin Luther when he refused to repeal his thoughts, and continuing to follow his own beliefs, the church excommunicated ( banned ) him from returning Importance to U.S
    This event led to the Protestant Reformation, which created the Lutheran religion and served as an example to follow what you believe in.
  • Jan 1, 1532

    King Henry VIII Establishes Anglican Church

    King Henry VIII Establishes Anglican Church
    After the Pope refused to let King Henry VIII to divorce his wife Princess Catherine, Henry broke away from the church and created the Anglican Church so he could do so. Importance to U.S.
    This event led to the creation of a new religion.
  • Jan 1, 1533

    De Soto Explores the Mississippi River

    De Soto Explores the Mississippi River
    De Soto from Spain all the Way to Florida to do some exploration of the land. There he found a body of water which is what is now the Mississippi River.
  • Jamestown Established

    Jamestown Established
    Due to persecution reasons, some people wanted to leave Europe to fo to the America'. They became the 1st permanent colony. Importance to U.S.
    This is important because the colony was established on U.S Soil.
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    Colonization

    Because of persecution, colonists wanted to go to the Americas to create new colonies.
  • Plymouth Established

    Plymouth Established
    Another case of persecution, the Puritans left Europe to construct a new colony, They turned out to be more successful in keeping thier colony production than Jamestown, due to the fact an Indian tribe helped them survive. Importance to U.S.
    This event established a new colony on U.S. soil
  • Connecticut Established

    Connecticut Established
    A religious teacher, Thomas Hooker, decided that he wanted to establish a new colony for religious freedom of the people, He also believed that everyone should have the right to vote, not just the church.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The French and English began to quarrell with each other for land, so they went to war. In the End, the English claimed much land, and most likely would have continued had the Treaty of Paris not been created.The war lasted 9 years. Importance to US.
    This was important because it changed the relationship between the U.S, the French and the Indians.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris simply ended the French and Indian War. Importance to U.S
    Had the treaty not been created, someone else may have claimed land, changing how everything is today.
  • Creation of the Sons of Liberty

    Creation of the Sons of Liberty
    The Sons of Liberty was a group created by Isaac Sears. They demostrated their dislike of new taxation. Importance to U.S
    The group influenced others to want to fight for independence
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    The Quartering Act claimed that residents in the colonies were required to house and feed Redcoats if necessary
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    Road to Revolution

    These events led to the Revolutionairy war
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre occured after a group of colonists began harassing a group of Redcoats. The harassing notions weren't taken well, so the Redcoats shot five colonists dead. Importance to U.S
    This event definitely fueled the fire for independence, making many colononsists want freedom.
  • 1st Continental Congress

    1st Continental Congress
    The 1st continental congress consisted of 55 delegates from the 12 colonies at the time that wrote the Declaration of Rights and Greivances. They agreed to meet a year later to debate independence from England. Importance to U.S.
    These delegates would eventually declare our independence from the British.
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    Revolution

    The colonists wanted to break away from England. These events caused it to happen.
  • Battle of Lexington Concord

    Battle of Lexington Concord
    On April 19,1775, British soldiers arrived in Lexington. They wanted to take a militia supply depot from the colonists. However, Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott warned the colonists before this happened. Importance to U.S.
    This was important because it was the first battle in the American Revolution. This would start a long lasting war between America and England.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was officially signed by 12 of the 13 colonies. Thomas Jefferson drafted the document, listing the reasons we wanted freedom from England, and explaining how we were breaking away from them. Importance to U.S
    This document lists the reasons we wanted independence and the reasons we were at war.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    On September 3rd, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was created. This document officially ended the American Revolution, making the U.S free! Importance to U.S
    This officially made us independent, need I say more?
  • Louisianna Purchase

    Louisianna Purchase
    In 1803, Thomas Jefferson purchased a large amount of land from the French. This purchase nearly doubled the size of the U.S. In total, the U.S. gained 828,000 square miles of land, which would make up a total of 15 current day states. Importance to U.S
    This was important because it supplied us with a vast amount of land for numerous possibilities.
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    Westward Expansion

    After buying a large amount of land, many new areas were created in the west.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition
    In 1804, Thomas Jefferson requested that Merriwether Lewis explore the newly purchased land. He agreed, and requested that a great friend of his William Clark co lead the expedition. Jefferson agreed. For about two years the men traveled and explored, documenting important information during their expedition, such as landmarks, and life. The trip lasted for two years. Importance to U.S.
    From this expedition, we gained important knowledge about the newly purchased lands.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    The Indian Removal Act of 1830 stated that all Native American tribes had to relocate to unsettled lands west of the Mississippi. If they did not, they would be forcefully moved. Importance to U.S.
    We did gain land from this act, however, it was very unfair how we did so. We caused the deaths of Native Americans on the Trail of Tears.
  • Texas War for Independence

    Texas War for Independence
    In the Texas War of Independence, obviously, Texas was fighting for Independence from Mexico. Several battles took place, all ending with hundreds of deaths. After a year of war, Texas gained it's independence. Importance to U.S
    Texas earning it's independence from Mexico meant that it was free from Mexican rule. Therefore, they were annexed into the U.S, becoming one of our fifty states.
  • Oregon Trail

    Oregon Trail
    In the 19th century, many men, women, and children were searching for new homes in the west, so they used the Oregon Trail to establish these new homes. It stretched 2,000 miles from Missouri to Oregon. Importance to U.S.
    The Oregon Trail led many people to discover many new lands and contribute more to westward expansion.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 is exactly what it sounds like; a compromise. It stated that California was a free state, new terrirories could choose whether they were free or slave, slave trade was outlawed in D.C., even though slavery was allowed there, and intoduced the fugitive slave law. Importance to U.S
    This compromise prevent the North and South from fighting, ( at least temporarily. )
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    Civil War

    This era consists of the events that took place while the North and South were fighting each other.
  • Underground Railroad

    Underground Railroad
    The Underground Railroad was a series of paths slaves used to escape to freedom. Many traveled on it, and sadly, some died during the trip, or were captured by bounty hunters. Importance to U.S.
    The Underground Railroad allowed many slaves to become free, slowly increasing the progress towards the abolitionists goal of ending slavery.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    The Emancipation Proclamation was an act created by President Lincoln. It freed all of the slaves in the rebel states. Importance to U.S.
    This was important to the Northern half of the U.S. because it freed some of the slaves, supplying them with soldiers to defeat the South.
  • Surrender at Appomattox

    Surrender at Appomattox
    General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union General Ulysses S. Grant on April 8th, 1865. He did this because the South had little chance of winning the war. Importance to U.S.
    This was important because the war was officially ended.
  • Assassination of Lincoln

    Assassination of Lincoln
    While watching a play at Ford's Thatre, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln in the head. Many procedures were followed to save him, but sadly, they didn't work, therefore we lost our 16th president. Importance to U.S.
    This event caused the U.S to lose one of the greatest presidents that have served, sending the U.S. into dismay during a chaotic events that took place during the time.