U.S. History 1 Timeline

  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    An Italian explorer sailing for Spain who believed that Asia (India) could be reached by sailing west from Europe. His first voyage was in 1492, wherein he discovered North America (Caribbean islands) and named it the West Indies. He will make four voyages to the new world without fully realizing what he had discovered.
  • Period: 1492 to

    U.S. History 1 Timeline

  • 1518

    Middle Passage

    Middle Passage
    African slaves were forced to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas and West Indies from 1518 to the mid 19th century. Plantations would also send sugar, rice, tobacco, indigo, rum, and cotton on this route to Europe.
  • Southern Colonies

    Southern Colonies
    A stretch of land from Virginia to Florida, to the west of the Atlantic Ocean. Colonists farmed land in the Province of Maryland, Colony of Virginia, Province of Carolina, and the Province of Georgia.
  • Jamestown

    A settlement near what is present day Williamsburg VA, where 105 English colonists remained. Funded by the Virginia Company, it was established May 14 1607
  • Plymouth

    After sailing nearly three months on the Mayflower, nearly 100 pilgrams landed in late December 1620 at Plymouth Rock. Located on the Western side of Cape Cod, it became the first colony in New England.
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony

    Massachusetts Bay Colony
    Settled in 1630 by close to 1000 Puritans, it was one of the original English colonies. Located near what is today Massachusetts. Made possible by a grant by King Charles .
  • New England Colonies

    New England Colonies
    In 1630 a large group of Puritans formed a colony in Massachusetts. Later Connecticut, New Haven, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire colonies were formed.
  • Middle Colonies

    Middle Colonies
    Land between New England to Virginia that was given to James, the Duke of York by his brother King Charles ll in 1644. Today it is what became New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Great Awakening

    Great Awakening
    From 1720s to 1740s there was a religious revival in the British American colonies. Leaders were Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield as well as others, it renewed the importance of religion.
  • Battle of Lexington/ Concord

    This was the beginning of the American revolution a battle on April 19, 1755 between British regulars and American provinces military supplies
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    Also known as the Seven Years War in the colonies, it was the conflict between Britian and France over expansion from 1756 to 1763. War was ended by the Treaty of Paris.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    An increase in money for the British parliment in 1765 funded by increased taxes on colonial legal and newspapers, phamplets, cards, and dice. The Sons of Liberty was formed as a result to oppose the act.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    On March 5th, 1770 there was a confrontation between eight British soldiers and a crowd of colonials due to unrest in Boston as a result of acts passed by British Parliment. The crowd threatened the soldiers, muskets were fired, 5 colonials were killed.
  • Boston Tea Party

    December 16, 1773 in protest to the tax on tea, American colonists dressed as Mowhawk indians threw into the Boston Harbor 342 chests of tea that were owned by the British East India Company
  • American Revolutionary War

    War between Great Britain and 13 North American British colonies that lasted from 1775 to 1783. Political independence was won by the colonies and this started the United States of America.
  • Deceleration of Independence

    July 4, 1776 the continental congress approved the document telling about the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Great Britain to become free and independent states.
  • Valley Forge

    George Washington and the continental army remained at this location in Pennsylvania from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778 do you need American revolution
  • Battle of Yorktown

    October 19, 1781 this was the last major battle of the American revolution. The British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the American general George Washington and French allies
  • Article of Confederation

    November 15, 1777 articles which were a bridge between the original continental Congress and the federal government founded under the US constitution in 1787 finalized March 1, 1781
  • Constitutional Convention

    At the Pennsylvania state has in Philadelphia May 25 to September 17, 1787 due to economic troubles the convention that you the constitution met to amend the Articles of Confederation
  • Bill of Rights

    On December 15, 1791 the original 10 amendments of the US Constitution became one unit that reinforced the individual rights as well as limitations to federal and state governments.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    In 1803 the size of the United States is doubled when the west half of the Mississippi River basin was purchased from France for three cents per acre
  • Louis and Clark Expedition

    From 1804 to 1806 Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark along with small group of men were sent to explore the Louisiana purchase, Pacific Northwest and possibly the Northwest passage.
  • War of 1812

    A dispute from June 18 1812 to February 17, 1815 between the US and Great Britain due to British violations of the US maritime rights
  • Missouri Compromise

    In agreement in 1820 between the north and south in allowed Missouri to be admitted as the 21st date as of 1821
  • Election of 1824

    John Quincy Adams was elected president after receiving the majority vote, despite Andrew Jackson winning the most popular and electoral votes.
  • Industrial Revolution

    I'm 1790 to 1830 a change from the use of hand me tools to machines that could increase productivity as well as provide a higher standard of living
  • Indian Removal Act

    May 28, 1830 Act signed stating the president could give Indian tribes western free land in the tribes would be removed from their design and mostly in the southeast.
  • Underground Railroad/ Harriet Tubman

    From 1830 to 1865 the system used in northern states to secretly move escape slaves from the south they would travel under darkness and reach safety in the north in Canada.
  • Battle of the Alamo

    For 13 days from February 23 to March 6, 1836 a small group of texts and volunteers for a much larger Mexican forces led by General Santa Ana, before the Texans were over powered and killed.
  • Manifest Destiny

    1845 and idea and phrase stating the United States had a God-given right to acquire land across all of North America.
  • Mexican American war

    April 1846 - February 1848 United States acquired more than 500,000 square miles of Mexican territory after the annexation of Texas in 1845.
  • California Gold Rush

    From 1848 to 1852 300,000 people travel to California knew what is now Sacramento, as the gold was discovered.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Five laws passed in regards to slavery in the United States. It ended the slave trade in Washington DC but allowed southern slave owners to have runaway slaves returned.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Berkeley still in 1852 written by a bully beat you still good till the story of the state with black slave named Uncle time it was very popular in the north.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    1854 through 1859 war between the proslavery and anti-slavery supporters to determine who would have control of the territory of Kansas.
  • Dred Scott decision

    Dread Scott was a slave who lived in a free state who is not in title to his freedom he was still property.
  • Lincoln Douglas debates

    Abraham Lincoln a republican and Stephen a Douglas a democrat during the Illinois senatorial campaign debate over issues of slavery in the territories
  • Fort Sumter

    December 20, 1860 South Carolina leaves the union and troops moved to this location which South Carolina believed was property of the confederacy, the north believed it belonged to the US government. First battle of the Civil War happened here.
  • Confederate states of America

    White supremacist, proslavery states separated from the union. Kid on their own government in war effort until the end of the Civil War in 1865.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    It was issued on January 1, 1863 by president Lincoln, it freed the slaves of the confederate states.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    The battle of Gettysburg was fought in Gettysburg Pennsylvania from July 1-3, 1863. It was the largest battle in the Civil War, and was won by the union forces.
  • Gettysburg Address

    This was a short speech given by President Lincoln on November 19, 1863. It was given in the national cemetery at Gettysburg Pennsylvania. The main theme was it the one must be one in the union saved.
  • Civil War

    War between union and confederate states caused by expansion of slavery. Resulted in a union victory in the dissolve of the confederate states.
  • Appomattox

    On April 19, 1865, General Lee surrendered to Grant, and this would be the beginning of the end of the Civil War.
  • Abolitionist

    1830 to 1870 a person who made efforts to end slavery and the transatlantic slave trade