U.S History timeline

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  • Jan 1, 1000

    First people come to the Americas

    First people come to the Americas
    The first people came to Americas was between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago. And the first people in the American came from Asia and eventually learned to farm.
  • Jan 1, 1001


    Vikings reach North America. The Viking's reliance on the sea as their avenue of attack and escape motivated them to develop seaworthy ships and reliable navigational techniques with which they could travel vast distances over open water.
  • Nov 27, 1095

    Pope calls

    Pope calls
    Pope calls for crusades to begin. The First Crusade was a military expedition by Roman Catholic Europe to regain the Holy Lands taken in the Muslim conquests of the Levant, ultimately resulting in the recapture of Jerusalem in 1099.
  • Aug 29, 1200

    Afican empire

    Afican empire
    African empire of Mali rises. Vansina discusses the classification of Sub-Saharan African kingdoms, mostly of Central, South and East Africa, with some additional data on West African (Sahelian) kingdoms distinguishing five types, by decreasing centralization of power:
  • Dec 18, 1300


    Renaissance begins in Europe. Renaissance Literature refers to the period in European literature that began in Italy during the 14th century and spread around Europe through the 17th century.
  • Jan 27, 1400


    Aztecs conquer most of Mexico. The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire was one of the most significant events in the Spanish colonization of the Americas.
  • Aug 3, 1492


    Columbus lands in the West Indies. In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on and claimed the island now occupied by Cuba, for the Kingdom of Spain. Cuba remained a territory of Spain until the Spanish–American War ended in 1898, and gained formal independence from the U.S. in 1902.
  • Jun 28, 1500

    Iroquois League

    Iroquois League
    Iroquois League is formed. The Iroquois, also known as the Haudenosaunee or the "People of the Longhouse", are a league of several nations and tribes of indigenous people of North America.
  • Feb 27, 1517


    Protestant Reformation begins in Germany. The Protestant Reformation was the 16th-century schism within Western Christianity initiated by Martin Luther, John Calvin and other early Protestants. It was sparked by the 1517 posting of Luther's Ninety-Five Theses.
  • Nov 17, 1539

    De Soto

    De Soto
    De Soto begins exploration of what is today the southeastern United States.
  • Nov 17, 1558

    Elizabeth 1

    Elizabeth 1
    Elizabeth 1 becomes queen of England. Elizabeth I was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death.
  • Apr 27, 1565

    Spain first permanent

    Spain first permanent
    Spain built the first permanent European settlement in North America. The Sociedad de Conciertos de Madrid (English: Society of Concerts of Madrid) was the first permanent symphony orchestra in Spain
  • Spanish Aemada

    Spanish Aemada
    English defeat the Spanish Armada. The Spanish Armada was the Spanish fleet that sailed against England under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia in 1588, with the intention of overthrowing Elizabeth I of England and putting an end to her involvement in the Spanish Netherlands and in privateering in the Atlantic and Pacific.
  • East India Company

    East India Company
    Dutch start East India Company. The Dutch East India Company (Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC, "United East India Company") was a chartered company established in 1602, when the States-General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out colonial activities in Asia.
  • Jamestown

    English start colony at Jamestown, Virginia. Jamestown was a settlement in the Colony of Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
  • French Settlement

    French Settlement
    French establish settlement in Quebec. French settlement began in 1608,it was part of New France, which constituted all French colonies in North America.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. Pilgrims sign the Mayflower Compact and settle at Plymouth Bay.
  • New Netherland

    New Netherland
    New Netherland is settled by the Dutch. New Netherland, or Nieuw-Nederland in Dutch, was the 17th-century colonial province of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands on the East Coast of North America.
  • English civil war

    English civil war
    During that time, the English were fighting a civil war. The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and Royalists (Cavaliers).
  • Public schools

    Public schools
    Massachusetts requires large towns to have pubilc school.
  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    parliament passes the Navigation Acts.
  • Slave revolt

    Slave revolt
    The first major slave revolt occurs in Gloucester, Virginia.
  • New Amsterdam

    New Amsterdam
    The English take over New Amsterdam from the Dutch, New Amsterdam was a 17th-century Dutch colonial settlement on the southern tip of Manhattan Island that served as capital city of New Netherland. It was renamed New York in 1667 in honor of the Duke of York when British forces seized control of Manhattan along with the rest of the Dutch colony.
  • Mississippi River

    Mississippi River
    Marquette and Joliet explore the Mississippi River.
  • William penn

    William penn
    William Penn founds the colony of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania counties created by William Penn in 1682.
  • The English Bill of Right

    The English Bill of Right
    The Enghish Bill of Right is issued. The Bill of Rights is an Act of the Parliament of England passed on 16 December 1689.It was a restatement in statutory form of the Declaration of Right presented by the Convention Parliament to William and Mary in March 1689, inviting them to become joint sovereigns of England.
  • William and Mary

    William and Mary
    William and Mary sign the English Bill of Rights.
  • The Enlightenment

    The Enlightenment
    The Enlightenment influences European intellectual thought.
  • Slave trade

    Slave trade
    Triangular slave trade brings increasing numbers of enslaved Africans to the colonies.
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Newcomen's steam engine is put to use in British coal miners.
  • The Great Awakening

    The Great Awakening
    The Great Awakening sweeps through the colonies.
  • James Oglethorpe

    James Oglethorpe
    Georgia is founded by James Oglethorpe.
  • The Zenger case

    The Zenger case
    The Zenger case marks a step toward freedom of the press.
  • Ohio Valley

    Ohio Valley
    English move into Ohio Valley.
  • Control India

    Control India
    Britain and France fight to control trade in India.
  • Montesquieu

    Montesquieu's the spirit of the laws argues for seqaration of powers.
  • Georgia

    Georgia becomes last of colonies to permit slavery.
  • French Idian War

    French Idian War
    French and Idian War begins.
  • Seven Years' War

    Seven Years' War
    Seven Years' War breaks out in Eurpoe between France and Britain.
  • Quebec

    British capture Quebec.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Stamp Act passed.
  • James Watt

    James Watt
    james Watt improves the steam engine in England.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Five colonists die in Boston Massacre.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    british Parliament passes the Tea Act.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    Fighting at Lexington and Concord marks beginning of American Revolution.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Continental Congress issues Declaration of Independece.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Congress adopts Articles of Confederation.
  • Treaty of alliance

    Treaty of alliance
    France and United States sign treaty of alliance.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Articles of Confrderation approved by last of 13 states.
  • Shays' Rebellion

    Shays' Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion breaks out in MAsssachusetts.
  • Constitution

    Constitutional Convention creates a new plan of government.
  • George Washington

    George Washington
    George Washington becomes the first president of the United States. On the other hands, French Revolution began.
  • Alexander Hamilton

    Alexander Hamilton
    Alexander HAmilton announces economic plan.
  • Reign of Terror

    Reign of Terror
    France and Britain go to war. "Reign of Terror" occurs in France.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    Whiskey Rebellion is crushed.
  • The Jay Treaty

    The Jay Treaty
    Senate approves Jay Treaty with Britain.
  • XYZ Affair

    XYZ Affair
    XYZ Affair becomes public. Congress passes Alien and Sedition acts.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte

    Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon Bonaparte gains political power in France.
  • France agrees to stop seizing American ships

    France agrees to stop seizing American ships
    Because of the XYZ Affair and North Carolina, France agreed to stop seizing American ships.