United States History

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    was the first document forced onto an English King by a group of his subjects, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their privileges.
  • Lost Colony

    Lost Colony
    Founded on Roanoke Island.
    Sir White Releigh left the island and when he returned, everyone was gone... (1590)
  • Jamestown

    Captain John Smith founded the first permanent sttlement in the New World and named it Jamestown after King James.
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    First representative assembly in New World, elected at Jamestown, VA.
  • Mayflowr Compact

    Mayflowr Compact
    PIlgrims arrived at Plymouth December 26. They signed an agreement called the Mayflower Compact to form a self-government
  • Roger Williams

    Roger Williams
    Founded Providence in June as a democtically ruled colony with seperation of church and state.
    Charter granted 1644.
    Harvard College founded.
  • Navigation Act

    Navigation Act
    Passed by British Parliament.
  • Nathaniel Bacon

    Nathaniel Bacon
    Led planters against autocratic British government Sir Williams Berkeley, burned Jamestow, VA.
    Bloody Indian War ended in New England.
  • William Penn

    William Penn
    Signed treaty of Delewre with Indians.
    First German colonist.
  • Witchcraft Delusion at Salem

    Witchcraft Delusion at Salem
    20 alleged witches executed by special court.
  • First Poor Richard's Almanack

    Published anually until 1757.
    Last of the 13 colonies, Georgia, chartered.
  • John Peter Zenger

    John Peter Zenger
    Acquited of libel after criticizing british Governer's conduct in office.
  • Great Awakening

    Great Awakening
    Movement based on religion.
    Major figure- Jonathon Edwards
  • Albany plan

    Albany plan
    Delegates from 7 colonies approve a plan by Benjamin Franklin. Plan was rejected by the colonies.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    Began when French occupied Ft. Duquesne (Pittsburg).
    Fench lost Canada and Midwest.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Tax on imported goods.
  • Stamp Act-- Quartering Act

    Stamp Act-- Quartering Act
    Tax on documents. Required colonists to house British troops.
  • Townshend Acts

    Levied taxes on tea, glass, painter's lead, and paper
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    5 people killed including Crispus attucks
  • Bosoton tea Party

    Bosoton tea Party
    Tea thrown overboard in protest of tea tax.;
  • Rhode Island

    Abolished slavery
  • First Continental Congress

    Called for civil disobedience against British.
  • Patrick Henry

    "Give me liberty or give me death!"
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    First battle of the revolution.
    8 Minutemen were killed.
    British took 273 casualties.
  • George Washington

    Continental Congress named George Washinton Commander of the Continental Army.
  • Common Sense

    Written by Thomas Paine. Quickly sold 100,000 copies
  • Decleration of Independence

    Decleration of Independence
    Was written to declare the official independence of the United States.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Turning point of the revolution.
    Cut off British escape route, Burgoyne surrendered 5,000 men.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Adopted by the Continental Army.
  • John Paul Jones

    On the Bonhomme Richard defeatedd Serapis in British North Sea waters
  • Bank of North America

  • Paris Peace Treaty

    Recognized American independance. Conress ratified it January 14, 1784.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Debt-ridden farmers in Massechusetts failed.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    adopted by Continental Congress for Northwest Territory, north of Ohio River, west of New York. Guaranteed freedom of religion, support for schools, and no slavery.
  • George Washington as President

    Chosen president by all electors voting.
    John Adams vice president.
    First Congress met at Federal Hall. Supreme Court created Federal Judiciary Act.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights went into effect.
  • George Washington

    inaugurated for second term.
  • John Adams

    Becomes vice president for the second time.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Western Pennsylvania farmers protesting liquor tax.
  • George Washington

    Farewell address as president was delivered.Warned against permanent alliances with foreign powers.
  • Alien & Sedition Acts

    PAssed by Federalists; intended to silence political opposition.
  • John Marshall

    Named Supreme Court chief justice.
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    Supreme Court overturned a U.S. law.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Doubled the size of the U.S.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Ordered by President Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, along with Sacagewea, explored the LA River.
  • Steamboat Invented

    Steamboat Invented
    Invented by Robert Fulton
  • War of 1812

    Britain seized U.S. ships trading with France.
  • Battle of Lake Erie

    U.S. won Battle of the Thames, Ontario but failed in Canadiam invasion attempts.
  • Capitol and White House burned

    British landed in MAryland, defeated U.S. force.
  • Spain ceded Florida

    Spain ceded Florida
  • Suffrage

    White Male voters.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Opposing European intervention in the Americas.
  • Daniel Webster

    Damous debate between senator Daniel Webster and Robert Hayne, on state right to nullify federal law.
  • Nat Turner

    Black Slave in Virginia, led the local slave rebelion; 57 whites killed.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    From Georgia to Oklahoma
  • Telegraph

    Inventor: Samuel F.B. Morse
  • Mexican War

    Resulted from a border clash
  • Seneca Falls convention

    Held by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Admitted California as 31st state, with slavery forbidden.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • Republican Party

    Formed at ripon. Opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  • Dred Scott

    Decision by Supreme Court held that slaves did not become free in a free state.
  • John Brown

    Seized U.S. Armory at Harper's Ferry.
  • Abraham Lincoln

    Elected President in a 4-way race.
  • Jefferson Davis

    President of the Confederacy.
  • Homestead Act

    Which grantedfree farms to settlers.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Freed all slaves in areas
  • Appomattox Courthouse

    Robert E. Lee surrendered 27,800 Confederate troops to General Grant.
  • Lincoln is shot :(

  • Almanac

    Publication of the New York World.
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    Making race no bar to voting rights
  • Red Cross

    Founded my Clara Barton.