U.S. History Timeline

By James V
  • 1492

    Columbus journeys to the America

    Columbus journeys to the America
    Columbus sailed to the Americas to find a passage way to India and China. Europe was able to colonize the new world because of this "discovery".
  • Jamestown Founded

    Jamestown Founded
    Jamestown was the first secussful British colony in the new world. It became a very profitable settlement when tobacco was intoduced.
  • Pilgrims land in Plymouth

    Pilgrims land in Plymouth
    The pilgrims were the first people to set foot in Masachusettes. The area they settled in would later become the Northern colonies which would become some of the original 13 colonies.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The war between the British and the French with the Indians on the Frenchs side. This caused the colonies to be free because the king was focused on the war.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    This was the plan to get the colonies to unite to fight against the French. This is important becuase it would make all colonies be under one government.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    This was the document which said that the settlers couldn't go past the Appalation mountains. This is important because the colonists ignored the proclamation and passed the mountains anyway.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    This was the document admitting the French's defeat in the war. This let the British and Spanish gain more land in America to settle.
  • stamp act

    stamp act
    This is when the British taxes the colonists paper and other comonly used imported materials. This is important becuase it made the colonies rebel and would lead to the American revolution.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    This is when the British sent soldiers to the colonies and had them stay in the colonists house. This is important because the colonists refused to let them stay in their homes forcing them to stay on their ship.
  • Period: to

    American Revolution

    Fought between the British and the thirteen colonies for independence of the thirteen colonies. it started with the Battle of Bunker Hill and ended with the Battle of Yorktown. It was important because it made the thirteen colonies an independent country.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    This was an act that put taxes on imported glass, paint, tea, and paper. This is important because it led to the revolutionary war and it devided the colonists into patriots and loyalists.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    This was a fight between the patriots that had snowballs, sticks, and stones and a group of British soldiers that had guns. It is important because it was a turning point in the independence for America.
  • Tea Act of 1773

    Tea Act of 1773
    When England cut their costs of tea into the colonies greatly to get rid of all of the extra tea. This is important because it caused the Boston tea party.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    This is when the patriots dressed up as natives and threw all of the East India Co imported tea into Boston Harbour. This is important because it sparked the revolution.
  • Intolerable acts

    Intolerable acts
    These were acts such as the quartering act, the administration of justice act, the Boston Port act, and the Massachusetts Government act placed on the colonies by the British government. It is important because I led to the revolutionary war.
  • 1st Continental Congress

    1st Continental Congress
    The 1st Continental Congress was when 50 leaders from the 12 colonies met and discussed problems and actions they were going to take against the king. The course of action they took was to send a respectful message to the king to recognize their rights.
  • 2nd Continental Congress

    2nd Continental Congress
    Starting in May 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Independence Hall. Congress was preparing for war just one month after gunshots were heard at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. The delegates organized the Continental army and named George Washington Commander-in-Chief in an attempt to stop the war. They also prepared and sent King George III the Olive Branch Petition. The American colonies made the decision to rebel because the king did not give the agreement any notice.
  • Battle of concord

    Battle of concord
    This battle took place on April 19, 1775 and was fought over colonist amunitions in Concord, the British soldier were mat a Concord with 400 Minute Men and they retreated to Boston. This battle is important because it let to the Revolutionary War.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    This is when the colonists offered peace to the king of England to try to avoid the war. This is important because when the king ignored it, the colonists got angry and started the war.
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine

    Common Sense by Thomas Paine
    This is when Thomas Paine mass printed reasons why the colonies should go to war with the king. This is important because it became really popular and made the colonies realize that they should go to war against the king
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    This is a declaration that states the laws and principales that our government should be run by. This is important because it is the set of laws that America should be run by.
  • Treaty of Paris (1783)

    Treaty of Paris (1783)
    This was an agreement signed between the British and the colonies that gave the thirteen colonies their land and their indepence from Great Brittian. This is important because it marked the colonies as their own independent country from Brittian.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
  • Congress ratifies the U.S. Constution

    Congress ratifies the U.S. Constution
    On March 5, 1790, America ratifies the U.S. Constitution. This is important because it secured the rights of the people, and it gave the goverment authority over America.
  • Period: to

    Whiskey Rebelion

    The Whiskey Rebellion was when the U.S federal government put a tax on the sale of whiskey to lessen some of its national debt. It is important because it was the first act of federal authority, and it showed that America wouldn't hesitate to take action.
  • XYZ affair

    XYZ affair
    This is when the Americans wanted to meet with the French but the French sent three agents, X,Y, and Z to demand $250,000 and a loan of $12,000,000. This is important because is started an undeclared war called the Quasi-War.
  • Period: to

    battle of lexington

    This is when the British learned that the colonists were hiding gun powder at Lexington so they attacked, but the colonists had moved the amunitions to Concord so the British march on to Concord where they met 400 Minute Men and retreated back to Boston. This is important because it was the start of the Revolutionary War.