United States History Timeline

  • Jan 31, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Document that gave men in England basic rights.
  • Roanoke Colony Is Founded

    Roanoke Colony Is Founded
    The colony was sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh on Roanoke island off of North Carolina's coast.
  • Jamestown Is Founded

    Jamestown Is Founded
    John Smith and 105 others came in three ships and created the first successful colony in Virginia.
  • House of Burgesses is Formed

    House of Burgesses is Formed
    It becomes the first representative assembly in the Colonies and is founded in Jamestown.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Pilgrims make the Mayflower Compact which is an agreement to do things for the good of the colony.
  • Pilgrims Reach America

    Pilgrims Reach America
    The Pilgrims reached Cape Cod and it gave them the sign of land.
  • Pilgrims Reach Plymouth

    Pilgrims Reach Plymouth
    The pilgrims landed at Plymouth where nearly half of the colony died that winter.
  • Providence Is Founded

    Providence Is Founded
    Was located in Rhode Island and was a democratically ruled colony.
  • First Navigation Act

    First Navigation Act
    Parliament Passed the Navigation Act to make the shipping of the colonies better for Britain.
  • Bacon Rebellion

    Bacon Rebellion
    Nathaniel Bacon leads a rebellion against the British Government and burns Jamestown but it ends when he is killed.
  • Penn Gets Pennslyvania

    Penn Gets Pennslyvania
    William Penn signed a treaty with Indians and buys land in Pennslyvania.
  • Witchcraft

    20 women beleived to be witches were executed in Salem, MA by special court.
  • "Poor Richard's Almanack"

    "Poor Richard's Almanack"
    Benjamin Franklin published "Poor Richard's Almanack" and Georgia was chartered.
  • Zenger Trial

    Zenger Trial
    Zenger was accused of publishing bad things of Britain's Government in a newspaper.
  • Great Awakening

    Great Awakening
    A sermon part of The Great Awakening took place and it was called "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The French and Indian War started partially because of fur trading. The war began when France captured Fort Duquesnc.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    Put a tax on imported goods such as lumber, molasses, and rum to pay for the French and Indian War.
  • Stamp Act and Quartering Act

    Stamp Act and Quartering Act
    The Stamp Act required all documents to have a stamp to help pay for royal troops. The Quartering Act was made 2 days later and required colonist to house soldiers.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    Put taxes on things such as paper and tea. It was later repealed except for the tax on tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Tensions between colonists and soldiers caused the soldiers to fire into a crowd. 5 people died including Crispus Attucks.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    In order to protest against the tea tax, many colonists dressed up like Indians and threw many crates of tea over the side of a ship.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The Acts made Boston's port out of use untill the spilt tea was paid for.
  • First Continential Congress

    First Continential Congress
    The first Continential Congress was held to call for independence from Britain.
  • Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

    Paul Revere's Midnight Ride
    Paul rode with William Davis to alert people that the British are coming to go to Concord.
  • "Common Sense"

    "Common Sense"
    Thomas Paine published his book that stated a complete break from Britain was needed.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Continetal Congress agreed that the colonies should be free and they composed The Declaration of Independence.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    Burgoyne surrendered his army of 5,000 men at the Battle of Saratoga which is considered the turning point.
  • Articles of Confederations

    Articles of Confederations
    A plan for the National Government was proposed but later changed for the Constitution.
  • John Paul Jones

    John Paul Jones
    He won a battle in British North Sea waters and defeated the Serapis.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The last Major battle occured where Cornwallis surrendered and ended the war.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris was signed and officially ended the war. It gave the U.S. independence from Britian.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    The Constitutional Convention was held and delegates from the states came.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    Set laws for the Northwest Territory and stated how it was to be governed.
  • First President

    First President
    Washington was elected President of the U.S. with vice president John Adams and he set many precedents.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to satisfy some states.
  • Cotton Gin

    Cotton Gin
    The Cotton Gin was invented by Eli Whitney and it helped slavery regrow.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    Angry farmers protested against the tax on whiskey and were stopped by the federal militia.
  • Washington's Farewell Address

    Washington's Farewell Address
    Washington gave a farewell address to discuss issues with the making of political parties and other things.
  • Alien & Sedition Acts

    Alien & Sedition Acts
    The Alien & Sedition Acts were made to try and stop political opposition.
  • Thomas Jefferson is Named President

    Thomas Jefferson is Named President
    After Jefferson and Burr tied in the election of 1800, Jefferson finally got more votes than Burr in the House.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Jefferson bought all of Louisiana from France that made the U.S. double in size.
  • Lewis and Clark

    Lewis and Clark
    The Lewis and Clark expedition set out to explore Oregon territory.
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act
    The Embargo Act stopped all trade with foriegn countries.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The War of 1812 was caused because of Britian's alliance with Indians, Britian capturing U.S. soldiers, and Britian seizing U.S. ships.
  • Battle of Lake Erie

    Battle of Lake Erie
    Oliver H. Perry defeated a British fleet on Lake Erie.
  • End of War

    End of War
    The Treaty of Ghent is singed to end the War of 1812.
  • U.S. is given Florida

    U.S. is given Florida
    Spain gave away Florida to the U.S.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    President Monroe creates the Monroe Doctrine to stop interference with Europe in South America.
  • Webster-Hayne Debate

    Webster-Hayne Debate
    The Webster-Hayne Debate was a key debate over states' rights.
  • Slave Rebellion

    Slave Rebellion
    Nat Turner led a rebellion in Virginia that killed 57 white people.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    16,000 Cherokees were forced to move west. 1/4 of them died along the way.
  • First Telegraph Message

    First Telegraph Message
    Samuel F.B. Morse sent a message over his Telegraph for the first time.
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War
    When the U.S. annexed Texas, Mexico declared war. The war ended two years later.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton held the convention for the Womens' Rights reform.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 admitted California as a free state.
  • "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

    "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
    Harriet Beecher Stowe Published "Uncle Tom's Cabin" to portray slavery as brutal.
  • Republican Party

    Republican Party
    The Republican Party is made in opposition of slavery.
  • Scott vs. Sandford

    Scott vs. Sandford
    Dred Scott sued for freedom because he was in a free state, but he lost.
  • Attack on Harper's Ferry

    Attack on Harper's Ferry
    John Brown and slaves fought for freedom and seized U.S. Armory.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    In a 4-way race, Lincoln was elected president and caused secession from slave states.
  • Confederate States of America

    Confederate States of America
    7 Seceeded states formed The Confederate States of America and the start to the Civil War followed afterwards.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    The Battle of Antietam lasted one day and is the bloodiest battle of the war.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves in areas of rebellion.
  • End of Civil War

    End of Civil War
    General Lee surrendered his troops to General Grant at Appomatox Court House to end the war.
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    The 14th Amendment gave citizenship for people born in the U.S.
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    The 15th Amendment gave all men the right to vote.
  • American Red Cross

    American Red Cross
    Clara Barton founded The American Red Cross to help with medical assistance.