The Top 20 Most Important Dates in U.S. Hitory (In my opinion)

  • Oct 12, 1492

    Columbus "discovers" the Americas (1492)

    Columbus "discovers" the Americas (1492)
  • First slaves brought to America (1619)

    First slaves brought to America (1619)
    After finding independence, America soon faced another national problem, this time, with slavery. This situation sparked the American Civil War, which, for five years, provoked the north and the south into fighting for the fate of African-Americans.
  • Mayflower Compact (1620)

    Mayflower Compact (1620)
    This was the first settlers' constitution of government, which allowed the pilgrims to conduct themselves without problem from King James
  • Pilgrims establish Plymouth Colony (1620)

    Pilgrims establish Plymouth Colony (1620)
    Unlike Jamestown where it was ran on economic motives, Plymouth provided what the pilgrims were looking for- religious freedom. Because of this early settlement, America was able to grow off this design into the first 13 colonies.
  • British tax acts [Stamp Act(1765), Townshend Acts(1767), Sugar Act(1764)]

    British tax acts [Stamp Act(1765), Townshend Acts(1767), Sugar Act(1764)]
    Because of the ridiculous taxes set on many item, such as printed paper, U.S. citizens were able to become rebellious and learned to defy the more powerful British, which then led to patriotism.
  • Colonial boycotts of British products

    Colonial boycotts of British products
  • First Continental Congress(1774)

    First  Continental Congress(1774)
    It was the first effort of American colonies to unite against British rule. It also was the first step toward American Independence.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)

    Battles of Lexington and Concord  (1775)
    The conflict that ignited the American Revolution, when British soldiers went to destroy American supplies and ammunution. This is the most important date in U.S. history because this battle started the patriotic war for America's freedom.
  • Declaration of Independence (1776)

    Declaration of Independence (1776)
    Because of this great document, the United States was able to officially become free from British rule, as well as stating the idea of natural-born human rights.
  • Articles of Confederation (1777)

    Articles of Confederation (1777)
    It was the first self-governing constitution of the U.S., which secured many types of freedoms and rights, as well as sovereignty.
  • Battle of Saratoga (1777)

    Battle of Saratoga (1777)
  • Treaty of Paris (1783)

    Treaty of Paris (1783)
  • Ratification of the Constitution (1787-1788)

    The Constitution founded the law and government for the U.S.
  • Louisiana Purchase (1803)

    Louisiana Purchase (1803)
  • Nullification Crisis (1832)

    Nullification Crisis (1832)
  • Compromise of 1850 (1850)

    Compromise of 1850 (1850)
  • Civil War (1861-1865)

    Civil War (1861-1865)
    The major self-conflict within the United States between the Union North and Confederate South. The Union fought to liberate the African-American slaves after the secession of 11 states in the south
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
  • Emancipation Proclomation (1863)

    Emancipation Proclomation (1863)
    Issued by Abraham Loncoln, it proclaimed the freedom of 3.1 million slaves. It eventually evolved into the 13th amendment.
  • 13th Amendment (1865)

    13th Amendment (1865)
    This amendment abolished and liberated the African-American slaves in the south, which was the result of the Civil War and the evolvement of the Emancipation Proclomation.