United States History- Major Events

  • Period: Apr 13, 1500 to

    Chronology of Events

  • "Lost Colony"

    "Lost Colony"
    The "lost colony" was sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh and was founded on Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina.
    The settlers found to have vanished in 1590.
  • Jamestown settlement

    Jamestown settlement
    The first English settlement in the New World was at Jamestown in 1607. It was established by Captain John Smith and 105 cavaliers in 3 ships which landed on the coast of Virginia.
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    The first representative assembly in the New World was the House of Burgesses. It was elected on the 30th of July 1619 at Jamestown, Virginia.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    A document signed by the pilgrims at Plymouth. It was an agreement to form self-government.
  • Puritans at Plymouth

    Puritans at Plymouth
    Puritan separatists, from Plymouth, England, landed at Plymouth in the New World on December 26 1620.
  • Harvard College

    Harvard College
    The oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, Harvard College was founded.
  • Roger Williams

    Roger Williams
    Rhode Island, was founded in June by Roger Williams. It was founded as a demonstratically administered colony with separation of church and state.
  • Navigation Act

    Navigation Act
    The first navigation Act was passed on the 1st of December 1660. It was regulating colonial commerse to suit Engish needs.
  • Nathanial Bacon

    Nathanial Bacon
    He led planters against autocratic British government. Jamestown was burnt down by Sir William Berkeley. There was a rebellion after Bacon died and 23 of his followers died.
  • William Penn

    William Penn
    A treaty was signed with the Delaware Indians by William Penn on the 23rd of April 1683 which payed for the Pennsylvania lands. The first colonists to settle in America near Philadelphia was the Germans.
  • Witchcraft Delusion

    Witchcraft Delusion
    In the witchcraft delsuion at Salem, Massachusetts, 20 alleged witches were executed by special court.
  • Georgia Chartered

    Georgia Chartered
    Georgia chartered and it was the end of the 13 colonies.
  • John Peter Zenger

    John Peter Zenger
    Zenger critized the British governor. He was free of that accusement under freedom of speech.
  • Great Awakening

    Great Awakening
    A major figure in the Great Awakening was Jonathan Edwards. He delivered the famous sermon "Sinners in the hands of an Angry God," at Enfield, Massachusetts.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    There was war between France and British. The colonies suffered major debts during this time. Peace was restored on the 10th of February, 1763. France lost Canada and Midwest.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Taxes were placed on foodstuffsm rum in clonies, molasses, and lumber to pay for the French and Indian war debts.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Required Revenue Stamps to provide for royal troops.The Stamp Act was repealed on the 17th of May, 1766.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    This act required colonists to house Brtish troops.
  • Townshed Acts

    Townshed Acts
    Taxes were levied on painter's lead, paper, glass, and tea. Everything was dropped in 1770 except tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    5 were killed including Crispus Attucks a leader of a Boston mob, by British Soldiers.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The first act that protested the tax on tea. Cargo ships were destroyed. Lot of tea was wasted.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Laws enforced until the money lost from the Boston party was paid for.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress called for civil disobedience against British.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The first battles of the American Revolution.
  • Thomas Paine

    Thomas Paine
    Wrote "Common Sense", which sold over 100,00 copies and was a very famous pro-independense pamplet.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was adopted on the 15th of November and put into effect on the 1st of March 1781.
  • John Paul Jones

    John Paul Jones
    He defeated the Serapis in the British North Sea Waters on the 23rd of September,1779.
  • Cornwallis

    Washington and Jean Baptist de Rochambeau sieged around Lord Cornwallis, who surrendered on the 19th of October.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris
    Britain and U.S signed the treaty which recognized American independence. Ratified by Congress on the 24th of January 1784.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    It guranteed freedom of religion, made rules for statehood, support for education and there was no slavery.
  • Washington Presidency

    Washington Presidency
    George Washington is elected as the first president of the U.S.
    and John Adams is the Vice President.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    On Sept. 25, 1789, the Bill of Rights was submitted to the states. It was put in to effect on the 15th of December.
  • Cotton Gin

    Cotton Gin
    Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin which majorly increased cotton production in the South and increased slave labor in the South.
  • US Neutrality

    US Neutrality
    The United States was declared neutral in the war between Britain and France by George Washington.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    The tax on liqour was protested by Pennsylvanian farmers and was suppressed by federal militia in September.
  • Washington's Farewell Address

    Washington's Farewell Address
    Washington warned against permanent alliances with other nations. He served two terms in office.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts
    An act passed to silence political opposition, passed by Federalists.
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson becomes president after winning House votes, Aaron Burr became Vice-President.
  • Louisianna Purchase

    Louisianna Purchase
    Napolean sold the Louisianna Purchase to the US which almost doubled its size.
  • Lewis and Clark Exploration

    Lewis and Clark Exploration
    On the 23rd of Septemeber, Meriwether Lewis and his partner Clark was ordered to explore the newly purchased Louisianna Purchase.
  • First Steamboat

    First Steamboat
    The first practical steamboat was invented by Robert Fulton.
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act
    All trade with foreign nations were banned under the Embargo Act.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    War against Britain mainly because they interfering with US shipping and providing Native Americans with weapons.
  • Battle of Lake Erie

    Battle of Lake Erie
    A British Fleet was defeated by Oliver H. Perry who also won a battle at Ontario.
  • The Star Spangled Banner

    The Star Spangled Banner
    The Star Spangled Banner was wriiten by Francis Scott Key who was inspired by a British Fleet failure.
  • Florida

    Florida was annexed to the United States after signing a treaty with Spain after it seceded Florida.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    It was enunciated by President James Monroe on the 2nd of December 1823. It opposed European intervention in the Americas.
  • Webster-Hayne Debate

    Webster-Hayne Debate
    It was a famous debate between Senator Webster and Robert Hayne. It debated on the state right to nullify a federal law.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    It forced indians to relocate West. It gave land and some pay to the Indians who moved West. Signed by President Andrew Jackson.
  • Nat Turner

    Nat Turner
    He led a slave rebellion on the 21st of August 1831. He was later caiught and hanged.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    The Cherokee Indians were forced to walk from georgia to Oklohoma.
  • Telegraph

    The first telegraph was sent by Samuel F.B. Morse from Washington to Baltimore.
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War
    Mexico and the US clashed over the Texas border. War was declared by the US on the 13th of May 1846 after the annexation of Texas.
  • Gold Rush

    Gold Rush
    80000 prospectors were emigrated after gold was found in California.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    California became the 31st state in the US with slavery forbidden. Fugitive slave act was made more harsh. Ended the slave trade in DC.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Published "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Was a conductor in the Undergrounf Railroad.
  • Republican Party

    Republican Party
    The Kansas-Nebraska Act beacame a law on the 30th of May. republican Party was formed and was against the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  • Dred Scott vs. Sanford

    Dred Scott vs. Sanford
    It stated that slaves could not be free in a free state and slaves could not be citizens.
  • Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry
    John Brown was an abolitionist who seized US armory and was hanged for treason.
  • Confederate States of America

    Confederate States of America
    Jefferson Davis was the president. Ft. Sumter marked the beginning of the Civil War.
  • Homestead Act

    Homestead Act
    Free farms were granted to settlers. It was approved on the 20th of May, 1862.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    All slaves were free under the Emancipation Proclamation which was issued by President Abe Lincoln.
  • Confederate surrenders

    Confederate surrenders
    Confederate troops who were led by Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    It abolished slavery.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    It gave citizenship to all people who were born in the US
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    It gave all men the right to vote
  • Clara Barton

    Clara Barton
    She founded the American Red Cross.