U.S. History Timeline

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The Proclamation of 1763 prohibited colonists from settling on British land west of the Appalachian mountains. Colonists were eager to see this new land so they settled west anyways. The British made this act to discourage westward expansion.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act reduced the rate of tax on molasses from 6 pence to 3 pence, added taxes to sugar, certain wines, coffee, pimiento, cambric and printed calico, and further, regulated the export of lumber and iron. This cased a decline in the rum industry because it was less profitable due to the tax. the government made this act to gain more money from the colonists.
  • The Quartering Act

    The Quartering Act
    The Quartering act was ab act that required colonists to provide for troops through housing, food and many other things. This was established to help British soldiers stationed in the American colonies. The colonists evaded and disregarded the law because they had to use their money and homes to provide for troops.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was an act that required colonists to have a stamp costing 1 penny to be on every piece of paper. This was to recover from debt from the 7 years war. The colonists were infuriated because they were taxed without representation.
  • The Declaratory Act

    The Declaratory Act
    The Declaratory Act allowed the parliament to make laws binding the American colonies.This was so the parliament could tax the American Colonies. The colonists were mad because many acts were being passed and they felt that Britain was turning into a tyranny.
  • The Townshend Revenue Act

    The Townshend Revenue Act
    The Townshend Revenue act was a compromise measure for the crown. The crown needed to raise revenue from its North American colonies. The act was despised in the American colonies because it had the right to regulate the colonies trade but not to raise revenue for the crown from that trade.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a fight between British soldiers and British colonists. British soldiers were sent to maintain order in Boston. After months of the soldiers being in Boston tentions started growing between the soldiers and the colonists. After words were being cursed at each other the first shots of the brawl erupted and caused a huge massacre killing many people.
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act
    The Tea Act was an act that gave the British East India Company the ability to import its tea directly to the colonies without import duties. This was made to provide economic protectionism for the British tea firm. The act was unwelcome to those in British north America because they were displeased with the pattern of imperial measures, left an earlier duty while removing the duty on tea entering England.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a protest on British Tea. The colonists hated British tea didn't like that they were paying taxes toward illegal things like smuggled tea. To protest the colonists went on a ship containing tea a dumped all of it into the harbor.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts were made to punish the Massachusetts colonies after the Boston tea party. The colonists dumped tea into the harbor which made the government mad so they gave them an extra tax. The colonists protested the act and considered it a threat to liberty.
  • The Currency Act

    The Currency Act
    The Currency act was an act that prohibited the colonies from printing paper money. This was established to curb rampant inflation and protect creditors from financial ruin. The colonists did not like this and thought it was an infringement of their right of self government.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    the colonists were gathering guns and ammo. The soldiers did not like this so they tried to fight the colonists. The colonists ended up winning and they gained alot more people for their army.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill/Breeds hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill/Breeds hill
    The colonists fortified breeds hill and it was the wrong hill so they were more exposed. The soldiers attacked 3 times, the colonists won the first 2 but then they lost. Although the british won it was the bloodiest battle in the war and they lost many people.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a document made for the founding of the United States of America. It stated the USA's reasoning for their separation from England, a list of grievances from the king and a description of their rights.
  • The Battle of Trenton

    The Battle of Trenton
    The Battle of Trenton was a fight between the british and the americans. the americans were lead by General George Washington and the british were lead by Colonel Johann Rall. the americans ended up winning the fight and it taught general Washington better war tactics and it boosted morale for the americans.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Battle of Saratoga was a fight between the British and the Americans. It happened Just south of Saratoga and Hudson River, British surrounded by American General Horatio Gates at Freeman Farm. The Americans won and it made the French Respect The Americans.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    Valley Forge was when George Washington and his army had to relocate due to a lack of supplies during the winter. Although there was not a battle, 2,000 people died during the harsh winters.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    The battle of yorktown was a battle between the franco army and the british. The Franco American army destroyed the British. They forced the British to surrender after surrounding them. This was the end of the war and the colonists were free and this was the last battle of the Revolutionary war.
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    Abolitionism was a movement to fight and end slavery in the United States. Abolitionism was a movement that was aiming to end the Atlantic slave trade and free the enslaved people, abolitionism eventually spread to end slavery from the entire world. It was a form of nationalism because it was aiming to bring all the states and the nation together to end slavery and set all enslaved people free.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris was a treaty that ended the revolutionary war and separated america and britian. The treaty was signed at the Hotel D'york in paris. The treaty also gained america gain more land for the economy and expanded the american economy
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    Westward Expansion

    Westward expansion was intensified by the belief of manifest destiny which was the belief that the United States was meant to expand westward by god. It caused the United States to rapidly increase in size and it allowed the United States to add many new states which brought the nation together.
  • 3/5 Compromise

    3/5 Compromise
    the 3/5th compromise was a compromise that divided the slave population so that only 3/5 of the slave population was counted in voting. It was a form of nationalism as it ended a dispute between the north and the south and brought the two sides together.
  • The Whiskey Rebellion

    The Whiskey Rebellion
    The Whiskey rebellion was a tax protest on an act that taxed whiskey. The US government had to find a way to pay off their debts so they started taxing whiskey farmers. this angered the farmers and caused many violent events such as burning down the tax collectors house and building a militia.
  • States Rights (Tenth Amendment)

    States Rights (Tenth Amendment)
    The Tenth amendment was an amendment that gave the States power by saying that powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. It was sectionalism as it gave states power, benefiting states not the nation
  • XYZ Affair

    XYZ Affair
    When the french started attacking the american ships president adams sent 3 americans to negotiate peace. the french demanded money ( a bribe ) to talk about a negotiation. The americans were insulted and it showed that france did not respect the americans.
  • Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

    Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
    The Democratic Republicans thought that the alien and sedition acts were and abuse of power from the US government. So they nullified the laws and even went as far to say that states should be able to nullify laws that appear to be unconstitutional.
  • Alien & Sedition Acts

    Alien & Sedition Acts
    American citizens were worried about European immigrants who might side with the french. So the US government passed the alien and sedition acts allowing the government to imprison or deport any persons that are considered to be dangerous and it was a crime to talk bad about the government. These acts expired in 1801 after John Adams was through with his presidency.
  • The Embargo Act

    The Embargo Act
    Amid the tensions between US, Britain and France the US made the Embargo Act. The Embargo act prohibited US ships from leaving to foreign destinations. This caused Britain and France to not get materials they needed from the US and it cut off US trade to the world.
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    The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad was a network of people, who worked together to help free the enslaved African Americans from slave states. The railroad had many routes which mostly lead to northern states and Canada, where slavery was illegal. It was a form of sectionalism because it was caused by sectional conflicts and served as a factor in the divide between the North and the South over slavery.
  • The War of 1812

    The War of 1812
    The United States and Great Britain engaged in the War of 1812 as a result of differences over trade, the western expansion, and Native American policy, as well as the impressment of American sailors by the British Navy. After three years of conflict, the war came to an unresolved conclusion.
  • Maryland vs McCulloch

    Maryland vs McCulloch
    Maryland vs McCulloch was a supreme court trial. The issue was that congress was creating banks and many found that the constitution did not expressly allow them to do this, so it was taken to trial were the supreme court ruled in favor of McCulloch.
  • Missouri Compromise of 1820

    Missouri Compromise of 1820
    The Missouri compromise of 1820 was a compromise that was created to balance the number of free and slave states in the U.S. Maine was admitted as a free state and Missouri was kept as a slave state to keep the balance.It also outlawed slavery above the 36º 30' latitude line in the remainder of the Louisiana Territory. It was a form of nationalism as it kept the nations number of free and slave states even, keeping the two sides in accordance.
  • The Monroe Doctrine

    The Monroe Doctrine
    The Monroe Doctrine was a policy statement issued by president James Madison. The Act declared that the western hemisphere of the US was no longer to European colonization and that the US would see any attempt to as a hostile act. It also stated that the US would not interfere in the internal affairs of European countries.
  • Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became the leader of the abolishment movement, a movement meant to stop slavery. Douglass joined the American Anti Slavery Society in 1841. His role was to travel and deliver speeches, distribute pamphlets. Douglass's movements were a form of nationalism because he was trying to get the north and south to come together and agree to ban slavery.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The compromise of 1850 was a compromise that did many things for the United States. California was added to the U.S. as a free state, the remainder of the Mexican cession land was divided into New Mexico and Utah, part of Texas was turned into New Mexico for a payment of $10 million, and the Fugitive Slave Act was passed to prevent runaway slaves from escaping, slave trade was banned in Washington D.C. This was a form a nationalism because it aimed to prevent conflict between the north and south
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an act which repealed the Missouri compromise allowing there to be slavery in Kansas and Nebraska. This is a form of sectionalism because it only applied to the states Kansas and Nebraska.
  • Secession

    In 1820 11 Southern states seceded from the union to protect their states' rights and keep the institution of slavery Southern states thought that a Republican government would ban the institution of slavery, and would not let the states keep their rights. It was a form of sectionalism because it was a disagreement between the states and the nation causing the states to leave the union in order to keep their rights and laws.
  • Emancipation Proclaimation

    Emancipation Proclaimation
    The Emancipation Proclamation was an act that abolished slavery throughout America. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." It was a form of Nationalism as it affected the Nation by abolishing slavery throughout the whole nation and brought the nation together.