U.S. History Timeline

Timeline created by Summer.Carper
In History
  • Period: Jan 1, 1215 to

    Magna Carta and the past

  • Jun 15, 1215

    The Magna Carta

    The Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta granted nobles and freeman rights.
  • "The Lost Colony of Roanoke"

    "The Lost Colony of Roanoke"
    The colony of Roanoke was sponsered by Sir Walter Raleigh and was founded on Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina. After Raleigh had to return to England they seemed to have vanished because when he returned 5 years (1590) later they were gone.
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  • Jamestown

    John Smith and 105 other men aboard three ships arrived on the Virginia coast. They started the first permanent settlement of the New World.
  • House of Buegesses

    House of Buegesses
    The first representative assembly in the New World, The House of Burgesses, was founded in Jamestown in July.
  • The Mayflower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact
    When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth on December 26th they created the Mayflower Compact, an agreement to form a self-government.
  • Plymouth

    Pilgrims, Puritan separatists, left England on September 16, and on December 26th 103 passengers docked in Plymouth. Almost half of the settlers died the following winter.
  • Providence, Rhode Island

    Providence, Rhode Island
    In 1636 Roger Williams founded the twon of Providence, Rhode Island, as a democratically ruled colony that had a separeted church and state.
  • Navigation Act

    Navigation Act
    On December 1st, British Parliament passed the first Nvigation Act. The Navigation Act regulated colonial commerce to suit English needs.
  • New England Indian War

    New England Indian War
    A violent Indian War in New England ended August 12th. Narragansett Indians, Wampanoag chief, and King Philip were killed.
  • Pennsylvania Lands and Settlers

    Pennsylvania Lands and Settlers
    On April 23rd William Penn signed a treaty with the Deleware Indians and payed for the land of Pennsylvania.
    German colonists settled near Philadelphia.
  • Witch Trials

    Witch Trials
    20 accused witches were excuted by a special court in the Salem Witch Trials, in Salem, Massachusetts.
  • Georgia and Poor Richrad's Almanack

    Georgia and Poor Richrad's Almanack
    The first Poor Richard's A;manack was published by Benjamin Franklin. It was published every year up to 1757.
    The last of the 13 orginial colonias, Georigia, was formed.
  • Libel Trial

    Libel Trial
    John Peter Zenger, an editor, was forgiven for libel in New York after criticizing the British governor's abilitly.
  • Alaska and the Great Awakening

    Alaska and the Great Awakening
    Joathan Edwards gave the famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," in Enfield, MA.
    Captain Vitus Bering lands in Alaska.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The French and Indian War began when the French were stationed in Ft. Duquesnc, which is now Pittsburg,
    On February 10, 1763, a peace treaty was signed. The French lost the Midwestern Territories and Canada.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The Sugar act put taxes on lumber, foodstuffs, molasses, and rum, in the colonies. They used these taxes to pay for the French and Indian War.
  • Stamp Act And Quartering Act

    Stamp Act And Quartering Act
    British Parliament continued adding taxes with the Stamp Act on March 22, it required revenue stamps to help fund royal troops. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.
    The Quartering Act forced colonists to house British troops. It started on March 24.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    The Townshend Acts taxed glass, painter's lead, paper, and tea. All of the taxes were repealed besides for tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British troops shot into a Boston mob. They killed 5 people including a black man, Crispus Attucks, who was suspected of being the leader of the group.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A planned rebellion on the Townshend Acts' tax on tea. A group climbed aboard a cargo ship and dumped the tea bags into the Boston Harbour.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Parliament's response to the Boston Tea Party. Nicknamed the "Intolerable Acts" because the colonists believed the were terrible.
  • The 1st Continental Congress

    The 1st Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was held in Philadelphia, September 5- October 26. It was called for civil disobedience against Britain.
  • Patrick Henry

    Patrick Henry
    On March 23, Patrick Henry adressed the Virginia convention and said the famous line, "Give me liberty or give me death".
  • Midnight Ride

    Midnight Ride
    Paul Revre and William Dawes rode to alert Patriots that "The British are coming, the Birtish are coming!"
  • Commander in Chief

    Commander in Chief
    On June 15th, the Continental Congress appointed George Washington as Commander in Chief.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    Thomas Paine published Common Sense, a pamphlet that convinced people stuck in between Patriots and Loyalists that independence was important.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederations were adopted by the Contintental Congress on November 15th and went into effect on March 1, 1781.
  • John Paul Jones

    John Paul Jones
    John Paul Jones lead a sea attack aboard the Bonhomme Richard and efeated the British Serapis in theBritish North Sea waters.
  • Cornwallis' surrender

    Cornwallis' surrender
    On October 6th, the siege of Cornwallis began. On October 19th Cornwallis surrendered.
  • Peace Treaty

    Peace Treaty
    On September 3rd, Britain and the United States signed the Paris peace treay, ending the war and recongnizing the U.S. as a country.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shay's Rebellion was led by debt-ridden farmers in Massachusetts. The rebellion failed.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    The Constitutional Convention was in Philadelphia on May 25th. The Constitution was adopted by delegates September 17th. Deleware was the first state to ratify it on December 7th.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    The Northwest Ordinance set the rules on how to become a state for the Northwest Territories. It was adopted by the Continental Congress.
  • Mr. President

    Mr. President
    George Washington won the first Presidental election and John Adams became the vice president.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The Bill of Rights was submitted to states on September 25th and went into effect on December 15.
  • Mr. President 2

    Mr. President 2
    George Washington was inaugurated for his second term. John Adams became vice president again.
    On April 22, Washington declared the U.S. neutral in the war between Britain and France.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    Western Pennsylvanian farmers protested the liquor tax of 1791. They were restrained by federal militia.
  • Farewell Address

    Farewell Address
    George Washington gives his farewell address. He warns against alliances with foreign powers, public debt, and a large military establishment.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts
    The Alien and Sedition Acts passed by Federalists. It was intended to stop political opposition.
  • President Jefferson

    President Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr recieve the same amount of votes in the 1801 election. The House of Representatives voted over 30 times ending in ties. Jefferson was finally named President and Burr as vice.
  • Marbury v. Madison

    Marbury v. Madison
    A Supreme Court case in 1803. Overturned a U.S. law for the first time. Established Judicial Review.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Napoleon saold the Louisiana Territory to the U.S. for 15 million dollars. The purchase almost doubled the size of the counrty.
  • Lowis and Clark Expedition

    Lowis and Clark Expedition
    The exploration of the Lousiana Purchase and to the Pacific Ocean. Started on May 14th in St. Lous and ended on September 23, 1806.
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act
    The Embargo Act banned trade with foregin countries. It was passed to try to help the American factories and agriculture.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The War of 1812 was caused by:
    1. Impressment of American citizens
    2. Interference with American shipping
    3. British support of Native American resistance
  • Lake Erie and the Thames

    Lake Erie and the Thames
    On September 10, Olvier H. Perry defeated a British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie. On October 5, the U.S. won the Battle of the Thames, Ontario.
  • War of 1812 Battles

    War of 1812 Battles
    August 24- British landed in Maryland. Set fire to the Capital and the White House.
    September 13-14- Bombardment of Ft. McHenry, Baltimore. Lasted 25 hours. Francis Scott Key was inspried to write "The Star-Spangled Banner".
    Septmeber 11- U.S. naval won the Battle of Lake Champlain.
    December 24-Treaty of Ghent signed with Britain.
  • Florida

    The Spanish gave Florida to the U.S.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    Monroe Doctrine
    The Monroe Doctrine opposed European intervention in the americas. Presented by Presiden James Monroe.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    President Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, forcing Native Americans to move and settle west. It provided land and little money to any who resettled west.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Cherokee Indians forced to travel west from Georgia to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears in October.
  • First Message

    First Message
    The first message over the first telegraph line was sent from Washington to Baltimore by Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor. "What hath God wrought!"
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War
    President James K. Polk orders General Taylor to seize Texan land settled by Mexico. After border clashes U.S. declared war May 13 and Mexico declared war May 23.
    War ended on february 2, 1848. Mexico ceded claims to Texas, California, and other territory.
  • The Gold Rush

    The Gold Rush
    Gold was discovered in California. 80,000 people traveled to search for gold.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850 made Claifornia the 31st state with slavery illegal, made Utah and New Mexico territories. It also made the Fugitive Slave Law stricter and stopped the D.C. slave trade.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Uncle Tom's cabin published by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • Republican Party and Gadsen Purchase

    Republican Party and Gadsen Purchase
    The Republican party is formed. They opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which became a law on May 30.
    The Gadsen Purchase treaty was ratified on April 25.
  • Scott v. Sanford

    Scott v. Sanford
    The Supreme ruled against Dred Scott, a slave suing for his freedom, the court ruled that slaves are not citizens and therefore could not sue.
  • Harpers Ferry

    Harpers Ferry
    An abolitionist, John Brown, led 21 men and seized Harpers Ferry. He was later hanged for treason.
  • President Lincoln

    President Lincoln
    Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected President.
  • The Confederate States of America

    The Confederate States of America
    Seven Southern states cede from the Union and form the Confederacy with Jefferson Davis as president.
    Civil War begins on April 12.
    Battle of Bullrun on July 21.
  • Civil War Battles

    Civil War Battles
    Union takes New Orleans- May 1
    Battle of Antietam, bloodiest one-day battle- Sept. 17
  • Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg

    Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg
    Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the southern states.
    Lincoln gives his Gettysburg Address after Union victory at Gettysburg.
  • Union Victory

    Union Victory
    General Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House.
    Lincoln shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theater on April 14.
    13th amendment ratified, abolishing slavery on December 6.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    The 14th Amendment raitified on July 9th gave Civil rights.
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    The 15th Amendment was ratified on February 8th, allowing African-Americans the right to vote.
  • Red Cross

    Red Cross
    Clara Barton creates the American Red Cross.