United States History

  • May 19, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    This document gave noble men the right to vote. The US based our Constitutuion on some of its principals.
  • Roanoke

    Sir Walter Raleigh founded the city Roanoke. It was not very successful. When they went to go get help, they came back and everyone was gone.
  • Jamestown

    Captin John Smith founded the first perminent English settlement in the New World on the Virginia coast. He named it Jamestown after King James.
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    House of Burgesses was the first representative assembly in the New World.
  • Pilgrims

    The pilgrims were Puritain separatist who sailed away and landed on Plymouth. They also wrote the Mayflower Compact which set the idea of self-government and majority rule.
  • Creating Providence

    Creating Providence
    Roger Williams was fleeing religious persecution from the Massacusetts Bay Colony and found Providence, RI.
  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    England wanted to protect colonial trade so they made so most of their trade would go to England.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    Nathanial Bacon led other planters in a revolt against the British Governor William Berkely. This was one of the firdt revolts in the colonies.
  • William Penn, 1683

    William Penn, 1683
    William Penn signs treaty with Delaware Indians and made payment for Pennsylvania lands
  • Salem Witch Trails

    Salem Witch Trails
    People of Salem, MA were acussed of being witches and were put on trial. This set the idea of trial by jury.
  • Georgia Formed

    Georgia Formed
    When Georgia was formed that set up the last of the 13 original colonies. Georgia was mainly used for people in debt. Also Benjamin Franklin published Poor Richard's Almanac
  • John Peter Zenger Trial

    John Peter Zenger Trial
    John Zenger was a publisher who said something in his newspaper about the governor of New York. This set the idea of Freedom of speech.
  • Great Awakening

    Great Awakening
    A major thing happened at Enfield,MA. A man named Jonathan Edwards started the Great Awakening. This was a great spiritual awakening that swept throughout the colonies.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The French and Indian war began. This was a fight between England and the Indians/French. Also during this time delegates met to discuss a plan of union but was rejected in the colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This was one of the many acts passed by Parliment to help repay debts of the French and Indian War. This taxed lumber,molasses, rum, ect. in the colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This was also an act to help repay debts. This one required all legal documents to have a taxed stamp on them. Also the Quartering Act was passed which required the colonist to house British troops.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    This put a tax on glass, lead, paper, and tea. Later all of the taxes exept the one on tea were repealed.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British soldiers fired into a group of Boston colonist. Five were killed. Used as propoganda against England.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    To protest the Tea Act, boston colonist dumped tea into the river while dressed as Indians.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts were passed to punnish Boston for the Boston Tea Party. Also the first Continental Congress was called in Philidelphia to discuss declaring independence from Britain.
  • The First Battles

    The First Battles
    The Battle of Lexington and Concord started the Revolutionary War. Patrick Henry stated the fomous quote, "Give me liberty or give me death!". The Continental Congress also named George Washington to be Commander in Chief of the army.
  • Declaration of independence

    Declaration of independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a document that fully declared the colonies independent from great Britain. Also Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense to pursuade colonist to join the revolution.
  • Winning Battles

    Winning Battles
    During this year the US had many successful battles including some at Princeton, Ft. Ticonderoga, and cutting off the British escape route. Also during this year the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.
  • John Paul Jones

    John Paul Jones
    John Paul Jones won the most famous sea battle. During the fight when the British Captin ask hi mto surrender he stated the now famous words, "I have not yet begun to fight!"
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    This was the last major battle in the Revolutionary War. When Lord Cornwallis retreated to Yorktown, VA, Washignton and his troops set up a siege. Cornwallis surrendered.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    This treay recognized America independent. This ended the Revolutionary War.
  • Problems with the Articles

    Problems with the Articles
    Shays's Rebellion happend in Massahcusetts and showed that the Articles of Confederation did not have a strong notional government. The started the Constitutional Convention to try and draft a new Constitution. Also, they adopted the Northwest Ordinence which set the orderly growth pattrern for the US.
  • Washignton Inaugurated

    Washignton Inaugurated
    George Washignton was elected the first President of the United States of America. John adams was elected his Vice President.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights was adopted to the Constitution. This protected citizen's rights.
  • Washignton at his Second Term

    Washignton at his Second Term
    Washignton was elected again for his second term and had John Adams as his Vice President again. Also, Eli Witney invented the cotton gin wich started the Industrial Revolution.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    The Whiskey Rebellion was when Pennsylvania farmers protested a tax on whiskey.
  • Washignton's Farewell Address

    Washignton's Farewell Address
    When Washignton ended his last term he stated in his farewell address that the US should not form political parties because it would split the nation.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts
    This was a series of acts passed to increase tensions on the "aliens" and weaken the Democratic-Republic party.
  • Jefferson and Burr

    Jefferson and Burr
    The 1800 Presidential campaign was a unique one. Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr had the same number of electoral votes. Acording to the Constitutio, the House of Representatives had to vote to see who became President. After 36 times Jefferson finally won the Presidential seat.
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    Marbury vs. Madison
    In this supreme Court case it set up the idea of Judiciary Review. This helped balance out the three branches. Also the Louisiana Purchase was bought from France and nearly doubled the size of the US.
  • Lewis and Clark Exposition

    Lewis and Clark Exposition
    This was an exposition to search the unexplored Louisiana Purchase. President Thomas Jefferson ordered Meriweather Lewis and William Clark to get as much infromation as the can.
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act
    This act banned all trade with foreign countries. This badly hurt the US economy. Also Robert Fulton made the first trip on a steamboat which was part of the Industrial Revolution.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The War of 1812 had three main causes, 1. Britain interfered with US shipping, 2. Britain captured US sailors and Ships, 3. Britain was arming Indian raids. This was the last war with Britain.
  • Battles in the War of 1812

    Battles in the War of 1812
    US naval Captain Oliver Perry won the battle of Lake Erie and Thames but failed in other Canadian invasion attempts.
  • Final Battles

    Final Battles
    With British forces advancing towards the Capital, they burned everything down including the White House. As a witness to this, Francis Scott Key wrote the words to our national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner". Later that year, after a US naval victory at the Battle of Champlain, US and Britain signed a peace treaty ending the War of !812.
  • Getting Florida

    Getting Florida
    Spain gave the US Florida.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    President James Monroe said that there should be no European interference with the Americas.
  • Webster-Hayne Debate

    Webster-Hayne Debate
    This was a debate between two senetors arguing over nullification. this was a famous topic around the country.
  • Abolitionism Starts

    Abolitionism Starts
    Abolitionism is starting to get into peoples minds, abolitionism is the abolishment of slavery. Nat Turner in Virginia led a slave rebelion.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Cherokee Indians were forced to walk the Trail of Tears form their homeland in Georgia to Oklahoma.
  • Telegraph

    The first message was sent through the telegraph invented by Samuel F.B. Morse. This inproved the communication between the states.
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War
    The mexican war started over the annexation of Texas. each countr had a different version on were the Border should be. A treaty was signed in1848 that gave the US Texas, California, and other territories. Also the US got some land in Orgeon territory from Britain. the term Manifest Destiny was used a lot.
  • Gold Rush

    Gold Rush
    Gold was discovered in California and everybody who wanted to get rich went there. This was known as the California Gold Rush.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    This Compromise proposed by Henry Clay was to admit California as a free state and make Utah and New Mexico territories. also the made the Fugitive Slave Act which tightend down on runaway slaves. Also the slave trade in DC was ended.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Harriet Beecher Stowe published the best selling book Uncle Tom's Cabin. This book portrayed slavery as brutal and immortal. This book was popular in the North but not in the South.
  • Republican Party

    Republican Party
    The Republican Party was formed becase some did not agree to the Kansas-Nebraska act. Later the Repuclican Party became a big influence in the North. Also, the Gadsen Purchase was made with Mexico witch gave the US land for Manifest Destiny.
  • Dred Scott vs. Sanford

    Dred Scott vs. Sanford
    Dred Scott was a slave who was moved to a free state. After his owner died, he went to the Supreme Court and declared his freedom since he was in a free state. The Supreme Court ruled against him because he was not a US citizen. They also siad that Congress could not ban slavery in any territory and clared the Missouri Compromis eunconstitutional.
  • Attack on Harper's Ferry

    Attack on Harper's Ferry
    Abolitionist John Brown and 21 followers attack the arsenal at Harper's Ferry to try and rally slaves to fight for themselves. Many were killed and Brown was hanged for treason.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    Abraham Lincoln was elected President. even though he said he would not abolish slavery, the south did not like him.
  • Civil War Starts

    Civil War Starts
    With abraham Lincoln as president, 7 southern states had suceded with Jeferson davis as their President. The Battle of Fort Sumter was considered the first battle of the Civil War. by then 11 states had suceded.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    With the Union winning battles and taking over New Orleans, the Union was one step closer to splitting the Confederacy. But in western Maryland the bloddiest battle in US history happend. The Battle of Antietam both sides lost over 2,000 men. Even though it was a Union victory, no one really won.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    After Abraham Lincoln issued the Emacipation Proclomation which freed all slaves, came the turning point in the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg. This was a major Union Victory and then Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. Also, Confederate troops surrendered to General Ulysses Grant at Vicksburg, Mississippi which split the Confederacy apart.
  • End of War

    End of War
    General Robert Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant at Appomattoix Court House ending the Civil War. Five days later Abraham Lincoln was shot watching a play at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. Also the 13th Amendment took place wich abolished slavery.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    The 14th Amendment gave every person born in the US citizenship. (including former slaves)
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    The 15th Amendment gave all men the right to vote. (including former slaves)
  • American Red Cross

    American Red Cross
    Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.