• Jan 1, 1502

    First Spanish Slaves

    In 1502 Juan de Cordoba was the first merchant to send slaves over to the new world. He was a Spanish merchant. But because of the Spanish authorities, he was only allowed to send over 1 slave.
  • Jan 1, 1533


    Calvinism was a religion that believed that god is omnipotent and that everything is predetermined by god. They thought it would not matter if you were a good or bad person during your life, because from they day we are born it is decided whether we are good or bad and will go to heaven or hell.
  • Jan 1, 1580

    John Smith

    John Smith lived in Jamestown, but unlike most of the other settlers, he was fair and kind to the Indians. He learned their ways and they taught him how to fish and how to speak their language. He traded axes, shovels and blankets, for food and other goods the Indians had. The Indians had a prophecy that white men would come to destroy their village, so they sometimes did not trust John Smith and tried to kill him, but he understood their reasons and did not try to retaliate.
  • Roanoke Colony

    The Roanoke Colony was the first attempt at colonization. It was the first colony sent over from England to see if America was a good place to live. They decided it was and told England that. Now it is know as the lost colony because the colonists disapeered and we dont know where they went.
  • Boat Ride to America

    45 men died on the boat ride over to America from 1607-1610. They died from yellow fever that broke out on the ship, and their bodies were thrown overboard. Many more died when Catch went down from a hurricane that hit shortly after the yellow fever epidemic ended, all hands were lost.
  • The Virginia Company

    The Virginia Company started in 1607. They used to be called the London Company. It is a stock company, and people could buy shares of the company. After the 1622 massacre King James closed down the company.
  • The First Execution

    In 1607, Captain George Kendall was the first person to be executed in Jamestown. He was accused of being a spy for the Spanish. He was killed by a firing squad.
  • Jamestown

    500 men originally came to Jamestown, and only 60 survive the harsh winters and the lack of food. The settlers were scared of the Indians and did not venture far away from the settlement to collect food, so they starved. The cold was harsher than they expected and the ended up burning their own buildings to stay warm. Disease also hit, and with all of that combined, 440 people died.
  • Powhatan and Pocahontas

    Powhatan was the leader of the tribe that traded with the people of Jamestown. Pocahontas was his daughter. John Smith traded with Powhatan's people, but the Indians did not quite trust the settlers. They were white men, and they were dangerous. They sometimes tried to kill the leader of Jamestown in their eyes, John Smith, but Pocahontas came to his rescue.
  • Leaving Jamestown

    On June 7th in 1610 everybody left alive living in Jamestown decided that they had enough of the new world. The boarded the ship once more and set of back to England.
  • First Land Owners

    In around 1619, there was a lot of unemployment in England. Farmers and tenants were not needed, so they came out to America. They came over on the ships and started farming tobacco. These were the first land owners.
  • First Law Makers

    The first law makers were a collection of wealthy, white, slave owning men. The group was created by the Virginia Company. They were called the House of Burgesses.
  • The Pilgrims

    The pilgrims wanted to be separate from the church of England. They wanted to start their own, different religion. The time of the pilgrims centered around 1620.
  • Massachusetts Colony

    In 1620, the Pilgrims landed at plymouth rock in what is now Massachusets. This is where they settled, and where the first Thanksgiving took place.
  • First English Slaves

    In 1621 the first slaves and indentured servants arrive and settle in the American colonies. The slaves were actually in the North first. The slaves were African, European and some possibly Portuguese, some offspring of English men and African women, some sailed with English men, and some were even literate. Many spoke multiple languages. They were called Atlantic Creoles.
  • DWIC

    In 1621 the DWIC was founded to develop its American claims. They wanted to trade with North and South America and to maintain troops and build forts there. They also challenged Spanish trade, mostly in the West Indies.
  • Plague Arrives

    In April of 1621, the pilgrims bring plague. It mostly hit the Native Americans though, and not so much the pilgrims. 9 out of 10 Native Americans died.
  • The First Thanksgiving

    In August 14th, 1621, the people of Jamestown and the native Americans came together against another native American tribe. They centered an attack on their village, and they were victorious. This victory was celebrated with a feast, and this feast was the first thanksgiving.
  • The Great Massacre

    In 1622, Pocahontas's uncle, Openchancanough, wanted to get rid of the English colonists and planned a massacre. They pretended to be nice and want peace, but they killed them all. Another Indian, Chanco, told the colonists this was going to happen and he saved some people.
  • The Start of Violence Towards the Native Americans

    William Tucker proclaimed that he wanted to start a peace treaty with the Indians in May of 1623. He invites them to a feast, but he poisoned the wine. 200 Indians died. This started the violence toward the Indians, and later the people of Jamestown attacked their villages with either no reason, or to get revenge for something that wasn't really the Native Americans fault.
  • The Puritans

    The puritans wanted to reform the Church of England. They thought the church was corrupt and they wanted to make it pure again. The puritans also had a chosen people complex, so they were intolerant, self-righteous, and thought people that weren't like them were inferior. The time of the puritans centered around 1630.
  • Workers sued DWIC

    The dutch west india comapny tried to make their workers work for no money. It worked for a while until many men sued the company for the wages that they diserved. The workers won.
  • The Pequot War

    In 1636 one of the English generals was killed and they blamed the Pequot Indians. They threatened to kidnap the Pequot children and send them to Boston to ensure the English people's safety. The Pequot people retaliated and attacked and English village. The English fought back, terminated the Pequot people, and said that no other tribe could use the Pequot name.
  • First Instances of Racism in America

    In 1640, 3 men escape from a tobacco farm in Chesapeake Virginia. They run across the border of Maryland, but are found a few days later. The two white men that escape have a couple of years added to their servitude. The black man is sentenced to be a leave for life. This is the first instance of racism against blacks.
  • The First Black Marriage

    In 1641, there was the first recorded marriage between black people. But if the mother of the child was a slave, the child would be a slave even if the father was free. If a half slave women had a child the child would be a slave for life and not half free like his or her mother.
  • The English Civil War

  • William Pen

    William Penn was the man who founded Pennslylvania. He stated the idea of democracy, and they later used his ideas in the US Constitution. He was also a Quaker.
  • King Charles II Becomes King

    King Charles II became King in 1649 at this time, the British Empire was starting to collapse. He ruled three kingdoms; England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was a Catholic King,
  • The First Quakers

    The first quakers in America were Ann Austin and Mary Fisher. Soon after they arrived, the Puritans arrested them and had them jailed. All of their possesions were taken away and they were jailed for 5 years.
  • The Colony of Carolina is Started

    In 1663 King Charles II signs a charter for a new colony, the Province of Carolina. The colony was led by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, who was the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury. He was in control of the colony from 1663 until 1729.