US History

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    The Invention of the Compass

    The Invention of the Compass
    The compass was invented more than 2000 years ago. The first compasses were made of lodestone, a naturally magnetized stone, in Han dynasty China The compass was later used for navigation during the Chinese Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD).
  • 850

    The Invention of Gunpowder

    The Invention of Gunpowder
    Gun powder was invented by the Chinese around 850 and originally used for fireworks. More than 50 years later it was used as a weapon.
  • 1440

    The Invention of the Printing Press

    The Invention of the Printing Press
    Goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in Germany. The printing press could produce 3,600 pages per day.
  • 1450

    The Iroquois League was Formed

    The Iroquois League was Formed
    In modern-day upstate New York, there were six tribes that formed an alliance and became the Iroquois Nation.
  • 1453

    The Fall of Constantinople

    The Fall of Constantinople
    The conquest by Sultan Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire led to the fall of Constantinople. The dwindling Byzantine Empire came to an end when the Ottomans breached Constantinople’s ancient land wall after besieging the city for 55 days.
  • 1492

    Columbus Discovers The Americas

    Columbus Discovers The Americas
    Columbus discovered the Bahamas in 1492.
  • The First Permanent British Colony

    The First Permanent British Colony
    Jamestown was the first successful British colony and thrived for nearly 100 years. Jamestown was the capital of the Virginia Colonie.
  • The Great Epidemic

    The Great Epidemic
    Europeans brought many diseases to the Americas and wiped out between 40-90 million natives.
  • Slavery Begins

    Slavery Begins
    Europeans brought black slaves from Africa to the Americas as well as enslaved the native people.
  • The Mayflower Compact was Signed

    The Mayflower Compact was Signed
    The purpose of the Mayflower Compact was to establish basic law and order in the colony. The document was intended to be not just a contract between the colonists but also between God.
  • The First Thanksgiving

    The First Thanksgiving
    The first Thanksgiving was held by the pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony. At the feast there more than 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe.
  • Freedom of Worship

    Freedom of Worship
    In 1636 clergyman and theologist Roger Williams was an advocate for religious freedom which is a basic human right.
  • The Pequot War

    The Pequot War
    The Pequot War was the first war between Native Americans and the British. The British had superior firepower and ended up defeating the Pequot after 11 months.
  • King Philip's War

    King Philip's War
    Also called the Great Narragansett War, was one of the deadliest wars per capita. The battle was between the English colonists and the surrounding Native tribes. This took place in southern New England.
  • The Zenger Trial

    The Zenger Trial
    John Peter Zenger was a German immigrant who printed the New York Weekly Journal. This journal enlightened the public on a corrupt governor who then tried to get Zenger arrested and brought him to court. Zenger won the trial and is the reason that we have freedom of the press.
  • The Bloody Massacre

    The Bloody Massacre
    The Bloody Massacre was a standoff between colonists and British soldiers. Tensions were high and colonists began to throw snowballs and sticks at the British. The British shot the unarmed colonist leading to five deaths.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the colonists who were fed up with Britain using them to pay off war debts. The colonists dumped all the tea into Griffin's Wharf in Boston Massachusetts.
  • Declaring Independence

    Declaring Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776. The Thirteen Colonies were able to separate from Britain and became an independent nation.
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition of the territory of Louisiana by the United States from France in 1803. In return for fifteen million dollars, or approximately eighteen dollars per square mile. The US acquired 828,000 sq miles of land.