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U.S. History

  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus “Founds” New World

    Christopher Columbus “Founds” New World
    Christopher Columbus was on a voyage to find land and ran into what is now North America.
  • 1492

    Columbian Exchange Begins

    Columbian Exchange Begins
    The Columbian Exchange was when Spain and the "New World" traded resources.
  • Period: 1492 to

    European Exploration Era

  • 1500

    Spanish Encomienda System Begins

    Spanish Encomienda System Begins
    The Encomienda System forced the Natives to work on the plantations.
  • 1500

    Spanish Casta System Begins

    Spanish Casta System Begins
  • Period: 1500 to

    Triangular Trade

    The Triangular trade was made to trade goods.
  • Period: 1500 to

    Middle Passage

  • 1520

    Small Pox Begins Spreading to Native Americans

    Small Pox Begins Spreading to Native Americans
    Small Pox was a disease brought by the Spanish that killed most of the Native American population.
  • 1521

    Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortez Conquers the Aztec Empire

    Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortez Conquers the Aztec Empire
  • 1534

    England Splits from the Catholic Church

    England Splits from the Catholic Church
    The people broke away form the Churches of England seeking religious freedom.
  • London Company Gains Charter for Set Up English Colony

    London Company Gains Charter for Set Up English Colony
  • Jamestown, Virginia Colony Founded

    Jamestown, Virginia Colony Founded
  • Period: to

    Colonial Era

  • French found Quebec on the St. Lawrence River and Engage in the Fur Trade

    French found Quebec on the St. Lawrence River and Engage in the Fur Trade
  • Tobacco introduced to Virginia Colony by John Rolfe

    Tobacco introduced to Virginia Colony by John Rolfe
    Tobacco was a cash crop that was grown in the Southern Colonies.
  • First African Slaves Arrive in Jamestown, Virginia Colony

    First African Slaves Arrive in Jamestown, Virginia Colony
    African Slaves were used to do the labor that needed to be done to maintain the Cash Crops.
  • Virginia House of Burgesses

    Virginia House of Burgesses
  • Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony Founded

    Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony Founded
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was made as the first form of self government made in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • New Hampshire Founded

    New Hampshire Founded
  • Dutch New Amsterdam Becomes Capital of New Netherland

    Dutch New Amsterdam Becomes Capital of New Netherland
  • “City Upon a Hill” John Winthrop

    “City Upon a Hill” John Winthrop
    The City Upon a Hill was basically the Role Models on how people should live.
  • The Great Migration to Massachusetts Bay Colony

    The Great Migration to Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Maryland Founded

    Maryland Founded
  • Thomas Hooker Founds Connecticut

    Thomas Hooker Founds Connecticut
  • Pequot War

    Pequot War
  • Roger Williams Founds Rhode Island

    Roger Williams Founds Rhode Island
  • Harvard College Founded in Massachusetts

    Harvard College Founded in Massachusetts
  • Delaware Founded

    Delaware Founded
  • Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

    Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
  • Maryland Toleration Act

    Maryland Toleration Act
  • North Carolina Founded

    North Carolina Founded
  • Iroquois Confederacy Formed

    Iroquois Confederacy Formed
  • Navigation Acts and Mercantilism

    Navigation Acts and Mercantilism
    Mercantilism was when the colonies were to only sell and trade with the Mother Country.
  • South Carolina Founded

    South Carolina Founded
  • New York Founded

    New York Founded
  • New Jersey Founded

    New Jersey Founded
  • King Phillips War

    King Phillips War
    King Phillips War was a war fought by the Native Americans trying to avoid the authority of Great Britain.
  • Bacon’s Rebellion

    Bacon’s Rebellion
    Bacon's Rebellion was a rebellion towards the Governor at that time.
  • Pueblo Revolt

    Pueblo Revolt
  • Quaker William Penn Founds Pennsylvania

    Quaker William Penn Founds Pennsylvania
    William Penn founded Pennsylvania to give people a safe haven, Pennsylvania was a very tolerable colony.
  • Period: to

    Enlightenment Era

    The Enlightenment Era was when the colonists were trying to be encouraged by philosophers to fight for their fredom.
  • John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government Published

    John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government Published
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    This was made to clarify who was next to inherit the crown and it clarified basic civil rights.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    The Salem Witch Trials were when colonists would accuse oher colonists of being involved in witchcraft.
  • Period: to

    Salutary Neglect Policy

  • The Great Awakening

    The Great Awakening
    The Great Awakening was a religious revival that had a huge impact on the colonies founded in America.
  • Georgia Founded as a Debtors Colony

    Georgia Founded as a Debtors Colony
  • Stono Rebellion

    Stono Rebellion
  • French and Indian War Begins

    French and Indian War Begins
  • Period: to

    The Industrial Revolution

    The industrial revolution was when people were making money off of machines being invented.
  • French and Indian War Ends

    French and Indian War Ends
  • Proclamation Line of 1763

    Proclamation Line of 1763
    The Proclamation line of 1763 was a law passed by British Parliament to force colonists not to settle on lands passed the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Period: to

    Revolutionary Era

    The Revolutionary Era was when America declared independence against Great Britain.
  • Period: to

    Republican Motherhood

  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was a law passed by the British Parliament to make colonists pay taxes on paper materials.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    The Quartering Act was a law made by British Parliament stating that the the colonists had to house and feed the standing army soldiers.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    The Townshend Acts was a law passed to add taxes on imported goods.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre happened when the British Soldiers shot and killed several colonists that were in an angry mob in Boston.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The Tea Act was a law to help a tea company in England stay in business, this law forced colonists to only buy tea from that company.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonists disguised themselves as Native Americans and aboard a British ship and dumped tea into the Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    This was a law made to punish the Massachusetts colony for what they did during the Boston Tea Party.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress Meeting was basically an apology meeting for Great Britain.
  • Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Published

    Thomas Paine’s Common Sense Published
    This pamphlet was written by Thomas Paine to encourage American Colonists to use their common sense and fight for their freedom.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    This was the first battle of he American Revolutionary War.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress meeting was basically the break up meeting to declare independence from Britain.
  • Continental Army Lead by General George Washington

    Continental Army Lead by General George Washington
    The Continental Army was lead by George Washington and was picked by the people to lead them.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was made to declare the US separation from Great Britain.
  • Benjamin Franklin Becomes French Ambassador

    Benjamin Franklin Becomes French Ambassador
    Benjamin Franklins job as the ambassador was to basically make America look good.
  • Adam Smith Publishes

    Adam Smith Publishes
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    The Winter at Valley Forge was when the Continental Army went through hardships including starvation, and hypothermia.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This battle was considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War because the French army fought with us.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
  • Period: to

    Abolition Movement

  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The Battle of Yorktown was the last battle of the American Revolutionary War, where the british general was cornered and he ended up surrendering.
  • Treaty of Paris of 1783

    Treaty of Paris of 1783
    The Treaty of Paris was signed to give America its independence and the western land.
  • Shays’ Rebellion

    Shays’ Rebellion
  • Federalist Papers

    Federalist Papers
  • Constitutional Convention/ Philadelphia Convention

    Constitutional Convention/ Philadelphia Convention
  • U.S. Constitution

    U.S. Constitution
  • The Great Compromise

    The Great Compromise
  • The 3/5ths Compromise

    The 3/5ths Compromise
    only 3 out of 5 slaves vote counts.
  • Bill of Rights Added to U.S. Constitution

    Bill of Rights Added to U.S. Constitution
  • The French Revolution Begins

    The French Revolution Begins
    The french were trying to follow the footsteps of the united States to gain their feedom.
  • Washington Elected 1st President

    Washington Elected 1st President
    George was unanimously voted to be the 1st president of the United States.
  • Washington Creates Presidential Cabinet

    Washington Creates Presidential Cabinet
  • Washington D.C. Becomes New US Capital

    Washington D.C. Becomes New US Capital
  • Period: to

    The Second Great Awakening

  • Alexander Hamilton Gets Congress to Approve National Bank

    Alexander Hamilton Gets Congress to Approve National Bank
    he got congress to agree with his Financial plan
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    People in the United States were trying to fight against washington because of the tax he put on whiskey.
  • Cotton Gin and Interchangeable Parts Invented by Eli Whitney

    Cotton Gin and Interchangeable Parts Invented by Eli Whitney
    Cotton GIn and Interchangeable parts were made to get work done faster.
  • Washington’s Farewell Address

    Washington’s Farewell Address
    This was washington's farewell address to tell the country what he expects of them.
  • First Two-Party System Created (Dem-Rep vs Federalist)

    First Two-Party System Created (Dem-Rep vs Federalist)
  • John Adams (Federalist) Elected 2nd President

    John Adams (Federalist) Elected 2nd President
  • XYZ Affair

    XYZ Affair
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts
  • o Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

    o	Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
  • Election of 1800 and the Start of the Jeffersonian Era

    Election of 1800 and the Start of the Jeffersonian Era
  • The Market Revolution Begins

    The Market Revolution Begins
  • Cult of Domesticity Begins

    Cult of Domesticity Begins
  • Period: to

    Manifest Destiny

    Colonists believed that it was there god given right to obtain territory out west.
  • Thomas Jefferson (Democratic Republican) Elected 3rd President

    Thomas Jefferson (Democratic Republican) Elected 3rd President
  • Steam Locomotive Invented in Great Britain

    Steam Locomotive Invented in Great Britain
    The steam locomotive was made to help transport goods faster.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
  • Marbury v. Madison

    Marbury v. Madison
  • James Madison (Democratic Republican) Elected 4th President

    James Madison (Democratic Republican) Elected 4th President
  • British Impressment of US Sailors

    British Impressment of US Sailors
  • War Hawks in Congress Support War Against British

    War Hawks in Congress Support War Against British
  • War of 1812 Begins

    War of 1812 Begins
  • Francis Scott Key Writes the Star Spangled Banner

    Francis Scott Key Writes the Star Spangled Banner
  • Treaty of Ghent

    Treaty of Ghent
  • Federalist Party Collapses

    Federalist Party Collapses
  • Period: to

    Era of Good Feelings

  • Tariff of 1816

    Tariff of 1816
  • James Monroe (Democratic Republican) Elected 5th President

    James Monroe (Democratic Republican) Elected 5th President
  • Adam- Onis Treaty/ Spain Ceded Florida to U.S.

    Adam- Onis Treaty/ Spain Ceded Florida to U.S.
  • Compromise of 1820

    Compromise of 1820
    This admitted Missouri as a free state.
  • Universal Male Suffrage Begins to Rise

    Universal Male Suffrage Begins to Rise
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
  • Henry Clay’s “American System”

    Henry Clay’s “American System”
  • Erie Canal Built

    Erie Canal Built
    This was a new way for people to transport their goods.
  • o John Quincy Adams (Democratic Republican) Elected 6th President

    o	John Quincy Adams (Democratic Republican) Elected 6th President
  • Lowell, Massachusetts Textile Mill Employs Women

    Lowell, Massachusetts Textile Mill Employs Women
    This was the 1st time women got to work outside their homes.
  • o Andrew Jackson (Democrat) Elected 7th President

    o	Andrew Jackson (Democrat) Elected 7th President
  • Second Two-Party System Created (Democrats vs Whigs)

    Second Two-Party System Created (Democrats vs Whigs)
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
  • Abolition Movement Begins

    Abolition Movement Begins
    This was a movement where people were against slavery.
  • Congress Passes Preemption Acts

    Congress Passes Preemption Acts
  • Trail of Tears Begins

    Trail of Tears Begins
  • William Lloyd Garrison Publishes Abolitionist Newspaper “The Liberator”

    William Lloyd Garrison Publishes Abolitionist Newspaper “The Liberator”
    He was an abolitionist which meant he didn't like slavery.
  • Andrew Jackson Vetos National Bank

    Andrew Jackson Vetos National Bank
    This was when Andrew Jackson turned down the idea of a National Bank.
  • Nullification Crisis

    Nullification Crisis
  • Texas Revolution and Independence from Mexico

    Texas Revolution and Independence from Mexico
  • Horace Mann Advocates for Public Schools

    Horace Mann Advocates for Public Schools
    He wanted to have public schools to where everyone can learn.
  • Increased Irish and German Immigration to the North

    Increased Irish and German Immigration to the North
  • Federal Support Given to Samuel Morse to Construct Telegraph Lines

    Federal Support Given to Samuel Morse to Construct Telegraph Lines
  • Dorothea Dix Advocates for Mentally Ill and Prison Reform

    Dorothea Dix Advocates for Mentally Ill and Prison Reform
    Sh wanted to help the people that had mental illnesses.
  • James K. Polk Elected US President (Democrat)

    James K. Polk Elected US President (Democrat)
  • Irish Potato Famine Begins

    Irish Potato Famine Begins
    This was starvation in the French that killed a lot of people.
  • Frederick Douglass writes autobiography “Narrative of the Life of an American Slave

    Frederick Douglass writes autobiography “Narrative of the Life of an American Slave
    This book was about his life as a slave.
  • Texas Annexation by the United States

    Texas Annexation by the United States
  • o Frederick Douglass Publishes Autobiography “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”

    o	Frederick Douglass Publishes Autobiography “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”
  • Oregon Territory Divided Between British and U.S.

    Oregon Territory Divided Between British and U.S.
  • Mexican American War Begins

    Mexican American War Begins
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    It was the 1st women's rights convention.
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: Mexican American War Ends

    Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: Mexican American War Ends
  • Mexican Cession

    Mexican Cession
  • Free Soil Movement Begins

    Free Soil Movement Begins
  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
  • Fugitive Slave Law Passed in Compromise of 1850

    Fugitive Slave Law Passed in Compromise of 1850
    This was made to help slave owners cach their runaway
  • Harriet Tubman Begins Using Underground Railroad

    Harriet Tubman Begins Using Underground Railroad
    she helped slaves escape their captivity.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Publishes “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

    Harriet Beecher Stowe Publishes “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
    This was a book written to show how slaves are treated.
  • Gadsden Purchase

    Gadsden Purchase
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Bleeding Kansas Begins

    Bleeding Kansas Begins
  • Republican Party Created

    Republican Party Created
  • Caning of Senator Sumner

    Caning of Senator Sumner
    This guy beat the other with a stick (savage)
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford

    Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia

    John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia
  • Republican Abraham Lincoln Wins Presidential Election of 1860

    Republican Abraham Lincoln Wins Presidential Election of 1860
    He was elected president in 1860
  • Seven Southern States Secede from the Union, Forming the Confederate States of America

    Seven Southern States Secede from the Union, Forming the Confederate States of America
    This created the Confederacy.
  • Democrat Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederacy

    Democrat Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederacy
    he was elected president for the confederacy.
  • Battle of Fort Sumter

    Battle of Fort Sumter
    the first battle of the civil war.
  • Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus

    Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus
  • Period: to

    The Civil War

    A war between the Union and Confederacy, lasted 4 yrs.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
  • Homestead Act

    Homestead Act
  • Battle of Vicksburg

    Battle of Vicksburg
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    This was the bloodiest in the civil war
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
  • Gen. Lee Surrenders to Gen. Grant at Appomattox Court House

    Gen. Lee Surrenders to Gen. Grant at Appomattox Court House
  • President Abraham Lincoln Assassinated by John Wilkes Booth

    President Abraham Lincoln Assassinated by John Wilkes Booth
    He killed the President of the United States in a theatre.
  • President Andrew Johnson Becomes President

    President Andrew Johnson Becomes President
  • Johnson Pardons the South

    Johnson Pardons the South
  • Radical Republicans Champion for Black Civil Rights in Congress

    Radical Republicans Champion for Black Civil Rights in Congress
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    This amendment abolished slavery as a whole.
  • Freedmens Bureau Created

    Freedmens Bureau Created
    this helped freed slaves get back on their feet.
  • Sharecropping Begins in the South

    Sharecropping Begins in the South
  • Black Codes First Passed in the South

    Black Codes First Passed in the South
  • Ku Klux Klan Formed

    Ku Klux Klan Formed
    This was a white supremacy group.
  • “Scalawags and Carpetbaggers”

    “Scalawags and Carpetbaggers”
  • Period: to

    Reconstruction Era

    An period of time where America tried to rebuild itself as a country.
  • Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

    Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

    Transcontinental Railroad Completed
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    Gave African American Men the right to vote.
  • Hiram Rhode Revels Becomes First African American in Congress (Senate)

    Hiram Rhode Revels Becomes First African American in Congress (Senate)
  • Industrialization Begins to Boom

    Industrialization Begins to Boom
  • Social Darwinism Theory Gains Popularity

    Social Darwinism Theory Gains Popularity
  • Nativism Spreads

    Nativism Spreads
  • Standard Oil Company Founded by John D. Rockefeller

    Standard Oil Company Founded by John D. Rockefeller
  • The “New South” wants Industrialization

    The “New South” wants Industrialization
  • Jim Crow Laws Begin in South

    Jim Crow Laws Begin in South
  • Boss Tweed rise at Tammany Hall

    Boss Tweed rise at Tammany Hall
  • Telephone Invented by Alexander Graham Bell

    Telephone Invented by Alexander Graham Bell
  • Reconstruction Ends

    Reconstruction Ends
  • Period: to

    Gilded Age

  • Light Bulb Invented by Thomas Edison

    Light Bulb Invented by Thomas Edison
  • 3rd Wave of Immigration: “New Immigrants”

    3rd Wave of Immigration: “New Immigrants”
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
  • Pendleton Act

    Pendleton Act
  • Haymarket Massacre

    Haymarket Massacre
  • Dawes Act

    Dawes Act
  • Interstate Commerce Act

    Interstate Commerce Act
  • Andrew Carnegie’s Book “Gospel of Wealth”

    Andrew Carnegie’s Book “Gospel of Wealth”
  • Chicago’s Hull House started by Jane Addams

    Chicago’s Hull House started by Jane Addams
  • Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    Sherman Anti-Trust Act
  • How the Other Half Lives

    How the Other Half Lives
  • Influence of Sea Power Upon History

    Influence of Sea Power Upon History
  • Boxer Rebellion

    Boxer Rebellion
  • Period: to

    Progressive Era

  • Period: to

    Imperialism

  • Carnegie Steel Company Founded by Andrew Carnegie

    Carnegie Steel Company Founded by Andrew Carnegie
  • Homestead Steel Labor Strike

    Homestead Steel Labor Strike
  • Pullman Labor Strike

    Pullman Labor Strike
  • Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court Case

    Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court Case
  • Annexation of Hawaii

    Annexation of Hawaii
  • Spanish American War

    Spanish American War
  • Open Door Policy

    Open Door Policy
  • Roosevelt’s Big Stick Diplomacy/ Roosevelt Corollary

    Roosevelt’s Big Stick Diplomacy/ Roosevelt Corollary
  • Period: to

    Theodore Roosevelt

  • Panama Canal U.S. Construction Begins

    Panama Canal U.S. Construction Begins
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Pure Food and Drug Act

    Pure Food and Drug Act
  • Ford Model-T

    Ford Model-T
  • NAACP started by W.E.B. Du Bois

    NAACP started by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Period: to

    William Howard Taft

  • 16th Amendment

    16th Amendment
  • Federal Reserve Act

    Federal Reserve Act
  • Period: to

    Woodrow Wilson

  • 17th Amendment

    17th Amendment
  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
  • Trench Warfare, Poison Gas, and Machine Guns

    Trench Warfare, Poison Gas, and Machine Guns
  • Period: to

    World War I

  • Sinking of the Lusitania

    Sinking of the Lusitania
  • National Parks System

    National Parks System
  • Zimmerman Telegram

    Zimmerman Telegram
  • Russian Revolution

    Russian Revolution
  • U.S. entry into WWI

    U.S. entry into WWI
  • Battle of Argonne Forest

    Battle of Argonne Forest
  • Germany Declares an Armistice

    Germany Declares an Armistice
  • Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points

    Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
  • 18th Amendment

    18th Amendment
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
  • President Harding’s Return to Normalcy

    President Harding’s Return to Normalcy
  • Harlem Renaissance

    Harlem Renaissance
  • Red Scare

    Red Scare
  • Period: to

    Roaring Twenties

  • Teapot Dome Scandal

    Teapot Dome Scandal
  • Joseph Stalin Leads Soviet Union

    Joseph Stalin Leads Soviet Union
  • Scopes “Monkey” Trial

    Scopes “Monkey” Trial
  • Charles Lindbergh’s Trans-Atlantic Flight

    Charles Lindbergh’s Trans-Atlantic Flight
  • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

    St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
  • Stock Market Crashes “Black Tuesday”

    Stock Market Crashes “Black Tuesday”