Timeline of History

  • Founing of JamesTown

    Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, is established by the London Company in southeast Virginia
  • The House of Burgesess First Assembly

    The House of Burgesses, the first representative assembly in America, meets for the first time in Virginia
  • Mayflower Compact

    The Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts is established by Pilgrims from England The Mayflower, 41 male passengers sign the Mayflower Compact, an agreement that forms the basis of the colony's government.
  • French and Indian War

    Final conflict in the ongoing struggle between the British and French for control of eastern North America.
  • Treaty Of Paris

    formally gain control of Canada and all the French possessions east of the Mississippi.
  • Boston Massecure

    British troops fire into a mob, killing five men and leading to intense public protests
  • Boston Tea Party

    A group of colonial patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians board three ships in Boston harbor and dump more than 300 crates of tea overboard as a protest against the British tea tax
  • American Revolution:

    War of independence fought between Great Britain and the 13 British colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America.
  • Declaration of Independence

  • Articles of Confederation

    the first U.S. constitution
  • Shays's Rebellion

    Farmers from New Hampshire to South Carolina take up arms to protest high state taxes and stiff penalties for failure to pay.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Made up of delegates from 12 of the original 13 colonies, meets in Philadelphia to draft the U.S. Constitution
  • Ademendments are Ratified

    The first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, are ratified
  • John Adams is inaugurated

    John Adams is inaugurated as the second president in Philadelphia
  • Thomas Jefferson is inaugurated

    Thomas Jefferson is inaugurated as the third president in Washington, DC
  • Marbury v. Madison

    Landmark Supreme Court decision greatly expands the power of the Court by establishing its right to declare acts of Congress unconstitutiona
  • Lousiana Purchase

    United States agrees to pay France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory, which extends west from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains
  • Lewis and Clark

    set out from St. Louis, Mo., on expedition to explore the West and find a route to the Pacific Ocean.
  • James Madison is inaugurated

    James Madison is inaugurated as the fourth president
  • War of 1812

    U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion
  • James Monroe is inaugurated

    James Monroe is inaugurated as the fifth president
  • Missouri Compromise

    An an effort to maintain the balance between free and slave states
  • Monroe Doctrine

    In his annual address to Congress, President Monroe declares that the American continents are henceforth off-limits for further colonization by European powers
  • John Quincy Adams is inaugurated

    John Quincy Adams is inaugurated as the sixth president
  • Andrew Jackson is inaugurated

    Andrew Jackson is inaugurated as seventh president
  • Indian Removal Act

  • Compromise of 1850

  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

  • Dred Scott v. Sanford

  • John Brown Raid

  • Abraham Lincoln is elected president

  • South Carolina secedes

    South Carolina secedes from the Union
  • Confederate States of America is established

  • Emancipation Proclamation

  • Civil War

  • Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse