United States History

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    King John sealed the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215.He afixed the opinions of 40 rebellious Barons to meet their demands to prevent civil war. The Magna Carta presented rights to both nobelmen and freemen.
  • "Lost Colony"

    "Lost Colony"
    The "Lost Colony" was a name given to the Roanoke Island. Walter RaleighFounded the colony off of the North Carolina coast where all of the settlers have disapeared.
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    United States History

    A varied timeline of Events spanning from 1585-1881
  • First Permanent English Settlement

    First Permanent English Settlement
    105 Cavliers Sailed to the Virginia Coast to settle an english settlement. The cabeliers were led by Captain John Smith, He named the colony James Town in the New World.
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    The House of Burgesses is the 1st assembly in the New World. The election was held at Jamestown Virginia.
  • Pilgrims

    The Pilgrims are people that left Plymouth England on September 16 on a shiup called the Mayflower. The pilgrims were called the Puritian sepratists. This is becauseThey left in the attempt to escape the abuse of King George by refusing the Church of England.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    This document was signed by the 103 passengers on the Mayflower. This document brought the idea of Self-government that helped to guide the ideas of the government policies for the rest of the growth of the country.
  • Providence, Rhode Island

    Providence, Rhode Island
    Roger Williams founded the Providence Colony as a democratically ruled system. This called for the separation of the church and state.
  • Navigation act

    Navigation act
    Britian passed the navigation act to regulate the colonial commerce to suit English needs.
  • Indian War

    Indian War
    The Indian war ended on August12, 1676. King Phillip, Wampanoag chief, and Narragansett indians were killed by the end of the war.
  • Signing of the Treaty

    Signing of the Treaty
    William Penn and the Deleware Indians signed a treaty and made the payments for Pennsylvania Lands. The First German Settlers came to America.
  • Witchcraft Delusion

    Witchcraft Delusion
    20 Men and Women were expected of being witches were executed by special court at Salem, Massachusetts.
  • Poor Richard's Almanack

    Poor Richard's Almanack
    The Poor Ritchard's Almanack was published by Benjamin Franklin. He published them annually until 1757.
  • 13 Colonies

    13 Colonies
    Georgia joined the 13 colonies.
  • Libel Trial

    Libel Trial
    John Peter Zenger was acquited for Libel because of his critisism of the British Governoor's Conduct in Office.
  • Great Awakening

    Great Awakening
    Jonathan Edwards was a major figure in the Great Awakening movement. His famouse sermon was titled "Sinners in the hand of an angry god". This was delivered at Enfield, MA.
  • Rejected Plan

    Rejected Plan
    Delegates from 7 colonies aproved the plan of the Union by Benjamin Franklin. This was held at Albany, New York. This plan was rejected by the colonists.
  • French and Indin War

    French and Indin War
    The French and Indian war began on October 8, 1754. It began in Fort Dusquense(Pittsburg) was occupied by the French. The Acadian French were moved to Louisianna by the British. The British later then captured Quebec on September 18, 1759. In the battles the French General, Joseph de Montealm, and the British General, James Wolfe, were killed. The war ended with the signing of the peace pact on Feb. 10, 1763. The French lost Canada and the midwest.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The british started to tax the various items exported to the colonies to pay the debt from the French and Indian war. These taxes were placed on Limber, Foodstuffs, molasses, and rum.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp act requiredrevenue stamps to help fund the Royal Troops. This act was enacted by Parliment . The Stamp act was repealed on May 17, 1766
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    This act required all of the colonist to open their homes to house the British troops. This act went into effect on March 24, 1765.
  • Townshend acts

    Townshend acts
    These acts levied the taxes on glass, painter's lead, paper, and tea. All of the taxes were repealed with the execption of tea in 1770.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    5 people were killed in the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. THe British troops fired into the Boston Mob.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Cargo was thrown overboard by Colonists in Boston from a british ship into the ocean to protest the tea Act.
  • Intolerable Acts

     Intolerable Acts
    Parliment curtailed Massachusetts self-rule; Barred use of the Boston Harbor until the tea was payed for.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congres was held in Philedelphia to talk about civil disobediance against the British.
  • "Give ME Liberty or Give me Death"

    "Give ME Liberty or Give me Death"
    Patrick Henry Stood before the Virginia Convention and said "Give m eLiberty, or Give me Death!"
  • Paul Revere

    Paul Revere
    Paul Revere and William Dawes rode to concord to tell the colonists of the British approching Concord to destroy their firearms.
  • Lexington, MA

    Lexington, MA
    18 Min. MEn are lost on the return from Concord. The British took about 270 casualties.
  • Continental Congress

    Continental Congress
    Continental congress named George Washington the General of the Camander in Chief.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Thomas Paine published the Common Sense pamphlet on January 10, 1776 to convince the colonists that the Revolutionary War was the best desicion for our country. This pamphlet quickly sold 10,000 copies.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    In the Continental Congress on June 7, 1776 words from Richard Henry Lee spoke to the people at heart,"that these United Colonies are of the right. ought to be free and independent states." the REsolution was adopted July 2 and was approved on July 4, 1776.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederatioin was adopted by the Continental congress on November 15 and took effect on MArch 1st, 1781
  • John Paul Jones

    John Paul Jones
    John PAul Jones was able to defeat the British naval ship called the Serapis in the BRitish north sea Waters. John Paul Jones was aboard his own ship called the Bonhomme.
  • Cornwallis Surrenders

    Cornwallis Surrenders
    George Washington and Jean Babtiste de Rochambeau joined forces. The siege of Cornwallis began on October 6, 1781 and went on until Cornwallis surrendered on October 19.
  • Paris Peace Treaty

    Paris Peace Treaty
    Britian and the United States signed the Paris Peace treaty on September 3, 1783 bringing the REvolutionary war to an end. This treaty recognized America as independent.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    The convention opened in Philedelphia on MAy 25, 1787 with George Washington Presiding. The constittutioin was excepted by delegates on September 17, 1787. The first state to ratify the constitutioin was Deleware on December 7.
  • The Northwest Ordinance

    The Northwest Ordinance
    The North west Ordinance provided a system for territories to becaome States. This Gauranteed the freedom of Religion, support from schools and no slavery.
  • 1st President

    1st President
    George Washington was elected the 1st president by the ellectors while John Adams was elected Vice President. They were inaugurated on May 7, 1789.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The bill of rights was submitted to the states on September 25,1789 and went to effect on December 15.
  • Cotton Gin

    Cotton Gin
    Eli Whitney was the inventor of the Cotton Gin in 1793. This inventioin led to an open door of economic growth in the south with the large plantaions selling cotton.
  • Washington Elected for 2nd term

    Washington Elected for 2nd term
    George Washington was elected to a 2nd term with 132 electoral votes. John Adams became vice president again with 77 electoral votes.
  • United States Neutrality

    United States Neutrality
    George declared the United Neutral in the war between France and Britain.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    Pennsylvania farmers protested the liquor tax that was passed in 1791. The farmers were later surpressed by the federal militia in september.
  • Washington's Farewell Address

    Washington's Farewell Address
    As George Washington left the presidential office he forwarned the nation to not perminant alliances with foriegn powers, big public debt, and large millitary establishment.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts
    the Alien and Sedition acts were passed by the federalists. These acts were used to alienate the immigrants. These acts were also used to ssilence their political views
  • 1800 election

    1800 election
    Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr recieved the same number of electoral college votes. The house reached a vote on February 7, 1801 when Aaron Burr was named vice president and Thomas Jefferson was named the President.
  • Marbury Vs. Madison

    Marbury Vs. Madison
    The Supreme court took the case of Marbury Vs. Madison for the first time overturned a U.S. law on February 24, 1803
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Napoleon Sold the Louisianna purchase to the United states after tensions started to rise over the port of New Orleans. This piece of land stretched from Louisianna to the border of Canada. Napoleon sold this land to the United States for $11,250,000 in bonds, plus 3,750,000 indemnities to the American Citzens with claims against france.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Lewis and Clark Expedition
    ordered by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Louisiana purchase and the Oregan Territory. This expedition started in 1804 and ended on September 23, 1806. The explorers started in St. Louis.
  • Hamilton shot Dead

    Hamilton shot Dead
    Vice President Aaron Burr deuled Alexander Hamilton on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken, New Jersey. During the deul Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton. He died the next day.
  • Robert Fulton

    Robert Fulton
    Robnert Fulton made the first steamboat trip. The steam boat left from New York City on August 17 and reached Albany. This trip lasted 32 hours and travled over 150 miles.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The war had three main causes. Britain had siezed Unisted States ships that were trading with France. Britian had qlso taken 4,000 naturalized United States Sailors by 1810 , and have armed the Native Americans, who raid the western borders of the United States stopped tradding with Europe in 1807 and 1809. Trade with Britian only stopped in 1810. Congress Declared war on June 18,1812
  • Battle of Lake Erie

    Battle of Lake Erie
    Oliver H. Perry defeated the British fleet on September 10, 1813. The United States won the Battle of Thames and Ontario on October 5. The United States failed in the Canadian invasion attempts.
  • burning of the capitol

    burning of the capitol
    The British landed in Maryland in August and defeated United States forces on August 24,1814. They burned the White House and the Capitol. The Maryland Militia stopped the British from advancing on September 12.
  • "The Star-Spangled Banner"

    "The Star-Spangled Banner"
    Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner under the inspirement of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimolre for 25 hours and failed.
  • Florida

    Spain ceded Florida to the United States on February 22,1819
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    The Monroe Doctrine went into effect on December 2, 1823. This was presented by President James Monroe. This doctrine was used against opposing European intervention in the America's.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act on May 28, 1830. This stated that the United was providing land and some pay to Indians who agree to resettle in the West.
  • Abolitionist Newspaper

    Abolitionist Newspaper
    William Loyd Garrison began to write the Abolitionist Newspaper called the Liberator
  • Slave Rebellion

    Slave Rebellion
    Nat Turner led a Slave Rebellion in 1831. 57 Whites were killed during the Rebellion. Once they were killed troops were sent, killing 100 slaves. Nat Turner was captured, tried , and hanged on November 11.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Cherokee Indians start to walk the Trail of Tears in October. This trail lasted from Georgia to oklahoma.
  • The Telegraph

    The Telegraph
    The 1st message was sent on the 1st telegraph line by the Inventor, Samuel F.B. Morse from Washington to Baltimore on May 24. The Telegraph said "What hath God Wrought!"
  • mexican war

    mexican war
    About 12,000 United States United States troops took Vera Cruz on March 27, 1847. The us also took Mexico City on September 14, 1847. The treaty was signed on February 2, 1848, Mexico ceced to Texas, California, and other territory.
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War
    The Mexican War began after President James Polk ordered General Zachery Taylor to sieze the disputed Texan Land that was settled by Mexico. After the Border clas, the United States decided to declar war on May 13, 1846, while Mexico declared war on May 23, 1846.
  • Oregon Territory Boundry

    Oregon Territory Boundry
    The Treaty with Britian on June 15, 1846 set the Oregon Territory Boundry at the 49th parallel, expansionists used the slogan,"50 degree 40' or fight"
  • Gold Rush

    Gold Rush
    Gold was discovered on January 24, 1848 in California. in 1849 over 80,000 prospectors immigrated to seek their fame and fortune with gold.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Henry Clay( The Great Compromiser) wrote the Compromise of 1850 that held the United States from going into a Civil war over free and slave states. The compromise of 1850 admitted California as the 31st state on September 9 as a free state. While he made Utah and New Mexican Territories have a harsher meaning of the Fugitive Slave Law. This also ended the District of Columbia's Slave trade.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Harriet Beacher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was published. This gave a realistic account of slavery.
  • Gadsden Purchase

    Gadsden Purchase
    A Treaty was ratified with Mexico for previding for the strip of land called the Gadsden Purchase.
  • Dred Scott

    Dred Scott
    Dred Scott, a slave, was sueing for his freedom when the supreme court held that slavesdid not become free in a free state. Congress did not have the ability to bar slavery from a territory and could not be citizens.
  • Harper Ferry

    Harper Ferry
    John Brown, an Abolitionist, led 21 men and siezed the U.S. armory at Harrpers Ferry on October 16, 1859. The Marine captured John Brown and his accomoplices. Brown was Hanged for Treason on December 2, 1859
  • Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln
    Republican Abraham Licoln was elected as President on November 6, 1860 in a 4- way race.
  • Confederate States of America

    Confederate States of America
    7 states in the South set up the Confederate states of America on February 8, 1861 with Jefferson Davis as their President. The Civil war began as the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter in Charlestown, South Carolina on April 12. Throughout the Civil war, Abe Lincoln used the 1st /transcontinental Telegraph as a strategic tool in the Civil war to give orders to troops in the South.
  • Land Grant Act

    Land Grant Act
    The Land Grant Act provided for public land sale to benefit agricultural education. It was appproved on July 7, 1862. This eventually led to the establishment of state university systems.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emacipation Proclimation on January 1, 1863. the Emancipation freed all slaves in areeas "still in rebellion".
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    After the Union forces won the majjor battle of Gettysburg on July 3rd, Lincoln gave his Famous Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. The Gettysburg address honored the men that died at the battle of Gettysburg.
  • Confederacy Surrenders

    Confederacy Surrenders
    General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. J.E. Johnson also surrendered at the Durham Station on April 18, while the last of the Rebel troops surrendered on May 26.
  • President Lincoln Shooting

    President Lincoln Shooting
    President Abraham Lincoln was Shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theater in Washington DC on April 14, 1865. President Lincoln died the next morning. Vice President Andrew Johnson was sworn into presidency. Booth was hunted down and fatally wounded by purhaps his own hand on April 26. The 4 other co-conspirators were hanged on July 7.
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    The 13th amendment abolishes Slavery. This amendment was ratified on December 6.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    The 14th Amendment provided all citizenship to people born or Naturalized in the United States. This amendment was ratified on July 9, 1868
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    The 15th Amendment gave all MEN the Right to vote. There is no depiction on Race. This Amendment was Ratified on February 8, 1870.
  • The Red Cross

    The Red Cross
    Clara Barton Founded the American Red corss on May 21, 1881.