U.S. History 1 Timeline

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    Iroquois Confederacy Established

    Iroquois Confederacy Established
    The Great Peacemaker and the wise Hiawatha present the Great Law of Peace to the Iroquois nations. They form a new democratic government. Who says white people brought democracy to America?
  • 1492

    Columbus Reaches the Americas

    Columbus Reaches the Americas
    Sponsored by Spain, Columbus and his squad land in the Bahamas and Columbus thinks they're in China or India. Time to kill, pillage, and plunder!
  • Founding of Jamestown

    Founding of Jamestown
    John Smith and the Virginia Company establish the first English colony in the New World. Then Pocahontas teaches them to paint with all the colors of the wind.
  • First African Slaves in North America

    First African Slaves in North America
    A ship called the White Lion brings the first African slaves to Virginia.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    Who wants to kill all the Native Americans and take over the Virginia government? Nathaniel Bacon, that's who!
  • French and Indian War Begins

    French and Indian War Begins
    Both England and France had colonies in America, and both tried to expand. Soon, England and France were fighting over who owned what land. War broke out.
  • French and Indian War Ends

    French and Indian War Ends
    A young British soldier named George Washington helps lead England to victory!
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    King George III: That war with France was real expensive. We should make Americans buy expensive stamps to pay for it! What could go wrong?
  • Lexington & Concord (Revolutionary War Begins)

    Lexington & Concord (Revolutionary War Begins)
    After years of tension and the famous ride of Paul Revere, American colonists face off against British soldiers. The Revolution has begun!
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Thomas Jefferson: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal... England: Huh? Thomas Jefferson: We're independent. We're not part of England anymore. England: Oh. Wanna bet?
  • Treaty of Paris (Revolutionary War Ends)

    Treaty of Paris (Revolutionary War Ends)
    England and the United States officially declare the end of the war. America is independent!
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    America's first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, created a government that was too weak. So the founders create a new constitution and a new government, complete with three branches!
  • Washington Becomes President

    Washington Becomes President
  • Eli Whitney Invents the Cotton Gin

    Eli Whitney Invents the Cotton Gin
    The cotton gin makes it quick and easy to separate seeds from cotton fibers, revolutionizing the cotton industry.
  • George Washington Leaves Presidency

    George Washington Leaves Presidency
    Washington willingly steps down after two terms.
  • Election of 1800

    Election of 1800
    John Adams is out, Jefferson and Burr are neck and neck! Who will win the presidency? What's this? Alexander Hamilton endorses Jefferson! Jefferson wins! The crowd goes wild!
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Thomas Jefferson doubles the size of the U.S. by buying land from Napoleon.
  • War of 1812 Begins

    War of 1812 Begins
    Long story short: England went to war with us again, mostly over trade.
  • War of 1812 Ends

    War of 1812 Ends
    Long story short: We beat England again.
  • Adams-Onis Treaty

    Adams-Onis Treaty
    U.S. gets Florida!
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    Congress lets Missouri enter the Union as a slave state while Maine enters as a free state. That should solve the slavery issue, right?
  • Andrew Jackson Becomes President

    Andrew Jackson Becomes President
  • Andrew Jackson Leaves the Presidency

    Andrew Jackson Leaves the Presidency
    Jacksonian democracy, nullification crisis, and the trail of tears. It's been an eventful presidency!
  • Annexation of Texas

    Annexation of Texas
    The U.S. gets Texas!
  • Oregon Treaty

    Oregon Treaty
    The U.S. gets Oregon!
  • Mexican-American War Begins

    Mexican-American War Begins
    "Dear Mexico, Please sell us the land you own in the southwest. We will be happy to buy it from you (P.S. If you don't hand it over we'll shoot you and take it anyway.) Best wishes, President Polk."
  • Mexican-American War Ends

    Mexican-American War Ends
    The U.S. gets California, Nevada, Utah, etc.!
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    The first women's rights convention in the United States!
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Congress deals with all that new land won from Mexico. California's a free state, Utah and New Mexico can choose, Kansas and Nebraska are a thing, and slaves can be taken back to their masters.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    Just when everybody is getting along, Stephen Douglas says, "Hey guys! What if we let slavery spread wherever people want it?"
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott asks the Supreme Court to set him free. The court responds saying black Americans are not citizens and have no rights.
  • Lincoln Elected President

    Lincoln Elected President
    Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th president of the United States. Southerners are like, #notmypresident!
  • Secession Begins

    Secession Begins
    South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union, just in time for the holidays!
  • Civil War Begins

    Civil War Begins
    The Civil War begins with the battle of Fort Sumter.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    General Lee invades the North. Bad idea.
  • Surrender at Appomattox Court House

    Surrender at Appomattox Court House
    Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant. The war is over! The Union is victorious!
  • Lincoln Assassinated

    Lincoln Assassinated
    Lincoln is assassinated at Ford's Theater.
  • Johnson Takes Office

    Johnson Takes Office
    Andrew Johnson begins leading the nation through Reconstruction. Too bad he's kinda the worst...
  • Reconstruction Ends

    Reconstruction Ends
    Federal troops leave the South and tell the white supremacists to be nice to the African Americans. What could go wrong?