U.S. History Timeline

  • Oct 12, 1492

    Columbus Discovers America

    Columbus Discovers America
    Columbus lands in the Bahamas, believing that he had actually landed in East Asia, marking his discovery of the Americas.
  • Settlement of Jamestown

    Settlement of Jamestown
    Jamestown, being named after King James I, is founded by English colonists in North America.
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    French-Indian War

    The war between the North American Colonies and the French. Both sides had Native American tribes aiding them.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The American Colonists' protest against the British Empire for 'taxation without representation'. Americans dump over 300 crates of tea into the harbor.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    The historic battle that indicates the beginning of the War of Independence for America.
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    Writing and Signing of the Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence is written on July 4th and signed on August 2nd of 1776.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The final battle of the American Revolution.
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    Constitutional Convention

    The meeting of how America was to be governed.
  • Invention of the Cotton Gin

    Invention of the Cotton Gin
    Eli Whitney, with the help of a few of his slaves and a woman named Catharine Greene, invented the cotton gin.
  • Alien and Sedition Act

    Alien and Sedition Act
    A set of laws were passed giving the government the power to deport foreigners and also making it harder for immigrants to vote.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The United States buys 828,000 square miles from France, where many of the midwestern states now lie.
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    War of 1812

    The war between America and the United Kingdom.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The separation of the Northern from the Southern States concerning slavery.
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    Election of Andrew Jackson

    The election of Andrew Jackson marks the first election won through more voters choosing one candidate more than the other.
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    The Trail of Tears

    This was when the American Government forced around 60,000 Native Americans from their homes and moved them to lands not their own.
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    Panic of 1837

    When the banks in New York ran out of gold and silver, some massive problems arose within the U.S.
  • Invention of the Telegraph

    Invention of the Telegraph
    Samuel Morse Invents the telegraph.
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    Mexican-American War

    This was occurred when the Mexicans and Americans fought over the state of Texas.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 was a set of bills that tried to settle disagreements over slavery in the new territories won over from the Mexican-American War.
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    Firing on Fort Sumter

    This massive barrage of cannon-fire marked the start of the American Civil War.
  • Issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation

    Issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation
    The issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in Union State, and help carve a path to free those in Confederate States.
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    13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments Passed

    The passing of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments ensured equality for freed slaves.
  • Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

    Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
    The surrender of General Robert E. Lee indicated the end of the American Civil War
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
    President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by Confederate loyalist John Wilkes Booth.
  • Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

    Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
    Andrew Johnson was impeached mainly because of his infringing of the Tenure of Office Act.
  • Invention of the Telephone

    Invention of the Telephone
    In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented the first telephone. This invention eventually led to the smart phones of today.
  • Invention of the Electric Lightbulb

    Invention of the Electric Lightbulb
    In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the first true lightbulb.
  • Organization of Standard Oil Trust

    Organization of Standard Oil Trust
    The merging of several oil-related companies into Standard Oil Trust.
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    Pullman and Homestead Strikes

    The pay-cuts of many workers working for the Pullman Palace Car Company and Carnegie Steel Company led to massive strikes and some violent conflicts.
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    Spanish-American War

    This war was the result of America's retaliation to the Spanish sinking the USS Maine. It was concluded with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in December 10, 1898.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Becomes President

    Theodore Roosevelt Becomes President
    President 'Teddy' Roosevelt was known for serving for much longer than most other presidents.
  • Invention of the Airplane

    Invention of the Airplane
    In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the first airplane.