U.S. History Timeline (zcough)

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In History
  • 1492


    Columbus sets off on his voyage.
  • 1497

    John Cabot

    John Cabot explores Newfoundland.
  • 1503

    First Africans

    First Africans are brought to the Americas.
  • 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon

    Juan Ponce de Leon explores Florida.
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    Protestant Reformation

    Protestant Reformation spurs religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants.
  • 1519

    Hernan Cortes

    Hernan Cortes begins the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.
  • 1531

    Francisco Pizarro

    Francisco Pizarro subdues the Incas of Peru.
  • 1541

    Jaques Catier

    Jaques Cartier, sailing for France, explores the St. Lawrence River.
  • 1561

    St. Augustine Colony

    St. Augustine, the first European colony in present-day America, is founded.
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    Roanoke Island

    Raleigh's Roanoke Island venture.
  • Spanish Armada

    Spanish Armada
    The English defeat the Spanish Armada.
  • Jamestown Colony

    Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English colony, is established.
  • Samuel de Champlain

    Samuel de Champlain founds Quebec.
  • Pocahontas

    Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.
  • Africans Arrive

    First Africans arrive in English America.
  • Africans in Jamestown

    First Africans arrive at Jamestown.
  • Plymouth Colony

    Plymouth colony is founded; Pilgrims agree to the Mayflower Compact.
  • Uprising

    Indian uprising in Virginia.
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony

    Massachusetts Bay Colony is founded.
  • Settlement of Maryland

    Settlement of Maryland begins.
  • Harvard College

    Harvard College is established.
  • Pequot War

    Pequot War
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    English Civil War

  • English Monarchy

    Restoration of the English Monarchy.
  • Restoration of Monarchy

    Restoration of the Stuart monarchy - King Charles II
  • Halfway Covenant

    Puritans initiate the "Half-Way Covenant."
  • Virginia Law

    Virginia enacts law declaring that children of slave women are slaves.
  • French Exploration of Mississippi River

    The French explored the Mississippi River valley from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
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    King Philips War

  • Bacon's Rebellion

  • Pop'e

    Pop'e leads rebellion in New Mexico.
  • Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania is established by William Pen.
  • Dominion of New England

    Dominion of New England is established
  • Glorious Revolution

  • Royal Charter

    Royal Charter for Massachusetts is established.
  • Salem Witchcraft Trials

    Salem Witchcraft Trials
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    Great Awakening

  • Georgia is Founded

  • John Peter Zenger

    John Peter Zenger is tried for seditious libel.
  • Stono Uprising

  • George Whitefield

    George Whitefield preaches his first sermon in America, in Philadelphia.
  • Jonathan Edward

    Jonathan Edward preaches "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
  • Albany Congress

    Albany Congress adopts Plan of Union
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    French & Indian War

  • Pontiac's Rebellion

  • Sugar Act

    Parliament passes the Revenue(Sugar) Act.
  • Repeal of Stamp Act

    Parliament repeals the Stamp Act and passes the Declaratory Act.
  • Townshend Duties

    Parliament levies the Townshend duties.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
  • Stage of Boston Tea Party

    Colonists stage the Boston Tea Party
  • Coercive Acts/First Continental Congress

    Parliament passes the Coercive Acts; colonists hold First Continental Congress
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

  • Second Continental Congress

    Colonists hold Second Continental Congress
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" is published; Declaration of Independence is signed.
  • Troops cross Delaware River

    General Washington's troops cross the Delaware River; Battle of Trenton.
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    Winter at Morristown

    Washington's troops winter at Morristown, New Jersey.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga; General Burgoyne surrenders.
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    Winter at Valley Forge

    Washington's troops winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
  • Americans and French Form an Alliance

  • Battles of Cowpens

    Battles of Cowpens and Guildford Courthouse.
  • Surrender of Yorktown

    General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, Virginia.
  • Articles of Confederation are Ratified

  • Articles of Confederation Take Effect

  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris is signed.
  • Newburgh Conspiracy

    General Washington puts an end to the Newburgh Conspiracy
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance outlines a detailed plan for organizing western territories.
  • Treaty of Fort Stanwix

    Treaty of Fort Stanwix forces the Iroquois to give up land in New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Land Ordinance

    Land Ordinance outlines a plan for surveying and selling government lands.
  • Statute of Religious Freedom

    Virginia adopts the Statute of Religious Freedom.
  • Constitutional Convention Call

    Delegates call for a constitutional convention.
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    Shays Rebellion

  • Constitutional Convention

    The Constitutional Convention is held in Philidelphia.
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    Federalist Papers

    The "Federalist Papers" are published.
  • Confederation government government is phased out.

  • George Washington Inauguration

    President George Washington is inaugurated.
  • French Revolution Begins

  • Rhode Island Ratifies Constitution

    Rhode Island becomes the last state to ratify the Constitution.
  • Bill of Right Ratification

    Bill of Rights is ratified.
  • U.S. Bank

    Bank of the United States is created.
  • Proclamation of Neutrality

    Washington issues a proclamation of neutrality.
  • Cotton Gin

    Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin.
  • Jays Treaty

    Jays Treaty is negotiated with England.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

  • Turnpike Completed

    Philidelphia-Lancaster Turnpike is completed.
  • Treaty of Greenville

    By the Treaty of Greenville, the United States purchases western lands from Native Americans.
  • Pinckney's Treaty

    Pinckney's Treaty is negotiated with Spain.
  • Wilderness Road Opens

  • Washington's Farewell Address

    President Washington delivers his farewell address.
  • XYZ Affair

  • Alien and Sedition acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts are passed.
  • Jefferson as President

    Thomas Jefferson is elected as president.
  • Marbury V. Madison

  • Louisiana Purchase

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    Lewis and Clark Expedition

  • Chesapeake Affair

  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act is passed
  • Clermont, Steam Boat

    Clermont, the first successful steamboat, sails to Albany.
  • International Slave Trade

    International slave trade is outlawed
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

  • Battle of Horseshoe Bend

  • Treaty of Ghent

  • Hartford Convention

  • Battle of New Orleans

  • Erie Canal Opens

  • Mechanical Reaper

    Cyrus McCormick invents a mechanical reaper.
  • National Trades' Union

    National Trades' Union is organized.
  • Steel Plow

    John Deere invents the steel plow.
  • Commonwealth v. Hunt

    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issues Commonwealth v. Hunt decision.
  • First Clipper Launched

    Rainbow, the first clipper ship, is launched.
  • Sewing Machine

    Elias Howe invents the sewing machine.
  • California Gold Rush

    California gold rush begins.