U.S. History Timeline

  • Apr 16, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was an English document the helped shape it's government and infuece America's.
  • Lost Colony

    Lost Colony
    The Lost Colony was sponsered by Sir Walter and founded on Roanoke Island, near the coast of North Carolina.
  • Jamestown

    Capt. John Smith started the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, off the Virginia coast.
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    The House of Burgesses was the first representative assembly in the New World.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Mayfloer Compact was an agreement to to form a self-government.
  • Pilgrims

    Pilgrims, English Puritans, landed at Plymouth on the Mayflower.
  • Roger Williams

    Roger Williams
    Roger Williams founded Providence, Rhode Island as a democratically ruled colony.
  • Navigation Act

    Navigation Act
    British Parliment passed first Navigation Act, making colonial commerce to fit English needs.
  • Nathaniel Bacon

    Nathaniel Bacon
    Nathaniel Bacon led planters against autocratic British Governor Sir William Berkeley and burned Jamestown. During the rebellion, Bacon died and 23 followers were executed.
  • William Penn

    William Penn
    William Penn signrd a treaty with Delaware Indians and made a payment for Pennsylvania lands.
  • Witchcraft Delusion

    Witchcraft Delusion
    The witchcraft delusion occured in Salem, MAand 20 alleged witches were executed by the court.
  • Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin
    Franklin published the first Poor Richard's Almanack.
  • John Peter Zenger

    John Peter Zenger
    John Peter Zenger was aquitted of libel in New York after criticizing the British Government.
  • Great Awakening Sermon

    Great Awakening Sermon
    A famous sermon was given by Jonathan Edwards, a major figure in the revivalist Great Awakening.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    the French and Indian War begins as French occupied Fort Duquesne.
  • Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act placed duties onm lumber, foodstuffs, molasses, and rum in the colonies to pay war debts.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act, placed on the colonies by Parliment, required revenue stamps to help fund English troops.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    The Quartering Act required colonists to house British soldiers.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British troops fired into a Boston mob, mocking the soldiers, killing 5 people including Crispus Attucks. This becam known as the Boston Massacre.
  • Boston Tea Party

    To protest the tea tax, colonists dressed as Native Americans dumped boxes of tea into the harbor, later known as the Boston Tea Party.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The Intollerable Acts was passed by Parliament, giving them control of Massachusetts.
  • First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress was held in Philadelphia which called for civil disobedience against Britian.
  • Patrick Henry

    Patrick Henry addressed the Virginia convention and said, "Give me liberty or give me death!"
  • Paul Revere

    Paul Revere and William Dawes rode to alert Patriots that the British were on their way to Concord.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The first battle of the Revolution was at Lexington and Concord. The Minuteman lost 8 and the British took 273 casualties.
  • Continental Congress

    Continental Congress
    Continental Congress named George Washington commander and chier, established a postal system and Benjamin Franklin became the first postmaster general.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Common Sense was a famous pro independence pamphlet by Thomas Paine.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence declared freedom from Britian.
  • Articles of Confederation

    The Articles of Confederation was adopted by the Continental Congress.
  • John Paul Jones

    John Paul Jones, a U.S. naval hero, defeated the Serapis in British North Sea waters.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    American and French forces united to defeat Cornwalis at the Battle of Yorktown.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    The Constituional Convention was held in Philadelphia consisted delegates from each state except Rhode Island, which lead the the creating pf the Constitution.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Britain and America signed the Treaty of Paris, recognizing U.S. independence.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shay's Rebellion of debt-ridden farmers in Massachusetts failed.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    The Northwest Ordinance set up an orderly pattern of growth for the U.S.
  • First U.S. Election

    In America's first election, Gearge Washington became president and John Adams was the vice president.
  • Federal Judiciary Act

    The Supreme Court created the Federal Judiciary Act adn John Jay later confirmed as the first Supreme Court Justice.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    Western Pennsylvannia faqrmers protested the liquor tax, later known as the whiskey rebellion.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Righs, informing individual rights, was submitted to states.
  • Cotton Gin

    Eli Wkitney invented the cotton gin, inreasing slavery and southern crop production.
  • Washinton's Farewell Address

    Washington's farewell address set many precidents an he warned against perminant alliances woth foreign powers.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    The Alien and Sedition Acts were passedby federalists to silence political opposition.
  • Thomas Jefferson Eleted

    Thomas Jefferson was elected president by the House after him and Aaron Burr won the same number as electoral votes.
  • Robert Fulton

    Robbert Futon made the first steamboat trip that lasted 32 hours long.
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act
    The Embargo Act banned all trade with foreign countries, forbidding ships to travel to foreign ports.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The War of 1812 had three main causes including, British seizes on U.S. ships trading with France, British seized 4,000 U.S. sailors, and Britain armed Native Americans, forming an alliance. The war also had three effects including, incresed American Patriotism, weak Native American resistance, and U.S. manufacturing grew.
  • Battle of Lake Erie

    Battle of Lake Erie
    Oliver Hazard Perry defeated a British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie.
  • Francis Scott Key

    During a British fleet, Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spengled Banner."
  • Florida to the U.S.

    Spain ceded Florida to America.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    President James Monroe enunciated the Monroe Doctrine which opposed European interaction with the Americas.
  • Webster-Hayne Debate

    Webster-Hayne Debate
    A famous debate was held between Daniel Webster and Robert Hayne, arguingthe states right to nullify a federal law.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, providing land and some pay to Indians who relocate West.
  • Nat Turner

    Nat Turner
    Nat Turner, a black slave in Virginia led a local slave rebellion, killing 57 whites.
  • Trail of Tears

    Cherokee Indians, forced to relocate West, walked the "Trail of Tears" from Georgia to Oklahoma.
  • Samuel F.B. Morse

    Samuel F.B. Morse invented the telegraph and sent the first message.
  • Mexican War

    The Mexican War began after President James K. Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor to seize disputed Texan land settled by Mexicans.
  • Seneca Falls

    Seneca Falls, led by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was a women's rights convention.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850 admitted California as a state and made Utah and New Mexico territories.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Harriet Beacher Stowe published "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which showed an abolitionist's view on slavery.
  • Republican Party

    The Republican Party was formed.
  • Gadson Purchase

    The Gadson Purchase contributed to the expansion of the U.S.
  • Case of Dred Scott

    Case of Dred Scott
    The Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court stated that slaves did not become free in a free state and Congress could not ban slavery from a territory.
  • Attack on Harpers Ferry

    Abolitionist John Brown seized U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry with 21 men.
  • Election of Lincoln

    Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected President in a four way race.
  • The Confederate States of America Form

    The Confederate States of America Form
    As the Civil War begins, the Confederate States of America form, electing Jefferson Davis as President.
  • Battle of Fort Sumter

    Battle of Fort Sumter
    The Civil War begins as the Confederates fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C.
  • The Battle of Antietam

    The Battle of Antietam
    The Battle of Antietam in Western Maryland was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed all slaves in areas still in rebellion.
  • Gettysburg Address

    Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address after Union forces won a major victory.
  • Appomattox Courthouse

    Appomattox Courthouse
    General Robert E. Lee surrendered 20,800 Confederate troops to General Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse.
  • Lincoln's Assasination

    President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theater.
  • The 13th Amendment

    The 13th Amendment
    The 13th Amendment abolished slavery.
  • The 14th Amendment

    The 14th Amendment provided citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the U.S.
  • The 15th Amendment

    The 15th Amendment allowed people the right to vote despite their race or religion.
  • Clara Barton

    Clara Barton
    Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.