U.S. history timeline

  • 1492

    Columbus journeys to the Amaricas

    Columbus journeys to the Amaricas
    Columbus sailed to the Americas to find a passageway to India and China. Europe was able to colonize the new world because of this "discovery"
  • Jamestown founded 1607

    Jamestown founded 1607
    Jamestown was the first successful settlement in the New World. Jamestown made lots of money growing cash crops such as tobacco.
  • Pilgrims land in Plymoth

    Pilgrims land in Plymoth
    The pilgrims landed in Plymouth even though they were trying to go to the Virginia colony. It was the first settlement for rejected protestants.
  • the intolerable ( coercive ) Acts

    the intolerable ( coercive ) Acts
    The intolerable Acts were laws and taxes placed on the colonists. The acts were considered intolerable because of their extremely harsh punishments. Some include the Quartering Act which forced colonists to provide homes and basic needs for the British army.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The French and Indian War was a war between the British and French, The war was started because the British wanted more land and resources. The war was important because, with the new land, the British made much more money with the fertile land and natural resources.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Albany Plan of Union was a plan to make all British colonies have one big government. This plan is important because even though it failed it showed the colonies that people wanted a change.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris was a treaty signed by the French to give the British all of their land This ended the 7 year war
  • proclamation of 1763

    proclamation of 1763
    The proclamation was a border created by the British. The colonists were meant to not settle behind this line. This sparked much outrage against the British crown
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was the first form of taxing the colonists. It was not met well by the colonists and many were angry which led to the tax being taken down.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    The Quartering Act was a tax the settlers paid to house the British troops sent to the colonies. The colonists were not happy about paying this tax as they didn't like the troops at all.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    The Townshend Act was a Tax on the colonists that helped pay the huge debt that the British had. The tax included glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea. this tax infuriated the colonists regarding the injustice of taxation without representation.
  • Boston massacre

    Boston massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a deadly riot that started with kids taunting a night watchman. Once people started to flood the streets things started to escalate and once some struck a guard with a stick they started firing, killing many. The Boston Massacre is important because it ultimately led to the Revolutionary War.
  • Tea act of 1773

    Tea act of 1773
    The Tea Act of 1773 was an act passed by the British Parliament it made the East India Company able to sell tea cheaper than the tea being smuggled in by the British. the colonists responded by not buying and protesting the tea as it was still being taxed
  • battle of Concord

    battle of Concord
    The battle of Concord was fought by the British and the minutemen (rebelling colonists). This war was important as it was the final spark that lit the American revolution
  • first continental congress

    first continental congress
    The first Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from all thirteen colonies. It was important as they decided they needed a militia to defend themselves from the British.
  • second continental congress

    second continental congress
    the second Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from all thirteen colonies. It was important as it appointed George Washington as head general of the militia.
  • battle of Lexington

    battle of Lexington
    The Battle of Lexington was fought by the British and the colonists and was not bloody. Very few people died that day as it is known more for its message to the British government than it still on their armies it sent a message that the colonists were done with the acts that were being put on them and they would not stand for them.
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    The Revolutionary War

    The Revolutionary War was a war fought by the Colonists against the British. It was important as it was how the colonists established their independence from the British crown.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    the olive branch petition was a petition sent to the king. It was important as it was a last resort asking the king for more rights. It was the last chance to avoid war
  • common sense by Thomas Paine

    common sense by Thomas Paine
    Common Sense by Thomas Paine was written to challenge the British crown and openly ask for independence. It was important as it saved the way for the Declaration of Independence.
  • declaration of independence

    declaration of independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a declaration written about how God made all men equal and gave them the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It was important because it summarized the colonist's motivations for seeking independence.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris was a treaty signed between Britain, France, and Spain, this treaty marked the end of the Seven Years' War. It was important as it ended the American Revolution and formally recognized the United States as an independent nation
  • shays rebellion

    shays rebellion
    Shay's rebellion was a protest from the people and farmers as they thought making money was very hard. It was important as it showed the government that people thought they were not doing things right, this made them change many things.
  • Congress ratifies the U.S. Constitution

    Congress ratifies the U.S. Constitution
    The Us Congress ratifies the U.S. Constitution. This happend when more than two thirds of the us states decided that the constitution needed to be ratified. This is important as it created a government with enough power to act on a national level.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    The Whiskey Rebellion was a rebellion of the people when they were taxed on the whiskey they made. This rebellion was important as it showed the goverment that they needed ways to make money without upsetting the public and creating rebellions.
  • XYZ Affair

    XYZ Affair
    The xyz affair was a problem between the French and Amarica. The conflict was when the states broke a promise with the french that they would not partake in any trading or peace alliances with the british. This event was important as it deteriorated the relationship between the french and Americans.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The War of 1812 was a war with Amarica and Britain. It was important as it gave Amarica the pride and confidence that it so dearly needed. No country actually won the war and a peace treaty between the country's marked its end.