US History Timeline

  • Massacre at Mystic

    Massacre at Mystic
    Connecticut colonists and native American allies burn a pequot fort by mystic river
  • The Scalp Act

    The Scalp Act
    U.S. payed for native American scalps
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    People are dumping tea at Griffin's Wharf
    This event is important because the American colonists stood up to the British because they believed they were being unfairly taxed to pay for expenses.
    The Boston Tea party helped the spark towards the American Revolution
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    A battle against the Americans and The British. The shot heard around the world
    This point in time is important because this battle marked the start of the American Revolution
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    Was the start of America's fight for independence. Shot heard around the world, it was the start of the revolution. British won both wars. Regulars vs Minutemen
  • The Winter at Valley Forge

    The Winter at Valley Forge
    George Washington and his men in the snow at Valley Forge
    The reason why this point in time is important is because this was one of the most brutal winters and a major turning point for the American Revolution. It would prove how loyal the people serving were. And show how strong we are when united.
  • Benedict Arnold turns traitor

    Benedict Arnold turns traitor
    Benedict became basically a mole and agreed to help the British and give up the U.S. post at west point for money and to be part of the command with the British army
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    George Washington led troops to victory. America won and the British surrendered
    This is an important time in history because this battle was the last of the American Revolution
  • Article of Confederation are Ratified

    Article of Confederation are Ratified
    Basically a list of rules being granted to become a national way to life in America. You have to, in a way, follow these listed rules. A reason why this is important is because it’s an example of the congress adopting a new way of life even though they knew it was flawed. But it was better than having no confederation.
  • The Battle of Cowpens

    The Battle of Cowpens
    an american victory over british forces on the northern area of south carolina that slowed cornwallis from reaching north carolina
  • The Declaration of Independence is Signed

    The Declaration of Independence is Signed
    56 Delegates finish signing the Declaration of Independence
    This moment is important because it marks the start of a nation Great Britain cannot control. They made the declaration to start on the path of being independent of Britain
  • The 3/5ths Compromise

    The 3/5ths Compromise
    3 out of every 5 slaves would be considered for the population total
  • The Constitution is Ratified

    The Constitution is Ratified
    The Constitution has all its signatures confirming the changes it will make will become legitimate

    This point in time is important because it marks the beginning of a new age for the Americans without the British
  • Presidential Inauguration of George Washington

    Presidential Inauguration of George Washington
    The first presidential inauguration is taking place. This is the step George Washington had to take in order to become president.
    This point in time is important because George Washington is the first president of the United States meaning it is the first time for this ceremony. Really showing the colonists are free to be their own Country without British rule.
  • Washington’s Farewell Address

    Washington’s Farewell Address
    George is addressing that it is almost the end of his term as president and it also gives a little advice to his future successors This is an important part of history because this marks the end of the first president’s term. But it is a new beginning for all Americans. Because they will get to elect another president. They get to feel more confident with how things are set up. Not having to be run by a monarchy too.
  • The Death of George Washington

    The Death of George Washington
    George Washington is dying from a throat infection
    This event is important considering George led the American people to victory during the American Revolution and he was our first president.
  • Election Day, 1800

    Election Day, 1800
    Thomas Jefferson vs. John Adam in becoming the next president
    Thomas Jefferson is successful and John Adams leaves the white house
    The reason why this event is important is because it's a great first example of the transfer of power between opposing sides.
  • Marbury vs. Madison

    Marbury vs. Madison
    The supreme court, for the first time ever stuck down an act of congress as unconstitutional
    This point in time is important because it opened up Judicial Review to be used in court
  • Slave Trade Ends in the United States

    Slave Trade Ends in the United States
    Prohibition of importation of slaves
  • Battle of Tippecanoe

    Battle of Tippecanoe
    A battle between Native Americans and U.S. soldiers
  • The Battle of Baltimore

    The Battle of Baltimore
    sea/land war British vs. Americans. American troops killed leader of the British troops in Maryland. this war ended the British invasion on Chesapeake Bay. American victory
  • The USS Constitution defeats the HMS Guerriere

    The USS Constitution defeats the HMS Guerriere
    USS Constitution defeats HMS Guerriere by Nova Scotia (in atlantic ocean)
  • The Battle of New Orleans

    The Battle of New Orleans
    Andrew Jackson vs. Edward Pakenham. Americans won the battle in New Orleans. This battle is considered the last armed engagement between the British and Americans.
  • The Missouri Compromise

    The Missouri Compromise
    Missouri is a slave state now and Maine is a free state
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    President Andrew Jackson takes Native land for white settlement by force
  • Trail of Tears

     Trail of Tears
    Over 5,043 miles long. Cherokee tribe had to leave land, they were upset and many died from harsh environment
  • Nat Turner Rebellion

     Nat Turner Rebellion
    Nat led a rebellion of enslaved people which caused a massacre of around 200 black people
  • The Election of Andrew Jackson

    The Election of Andrew Jackson
    Jackson won over popular vote. His winning in the election marked the democratic dominance in federal politics.
  • The Battle of the Alamo

    The Battle of the Alamo
    Pivotal event in Texas Revolution. Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna reclaimed the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar.
  • Mexico loses California, New Mexico, and Arizona

    Mexico loses California, New Mexico, and Arizona
    A treaty signed to end war between united states and Mexico. But also meant Mexico had to give up parts of itself to America around 55% of itself
  • The Fugitive Slave Act

    The Fugitive Slave Act
    Escaped slaves are to be returned to their owners
  • The Dead Rabbits Riot

    The Dead Rabbits Riot
    Riots were caused by political tension that involved Wood's broken promise to limit alcohol sale. Nativists vs. Immigrants.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    A law stating that even if a slave was residing in a northern state they are not entitled to freedom.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President

    Abraham Lincoln Elected President
    The Union Party was new and 1860 was the first time the party ran a candidate for president. During and After the election helped coax the nation into war
  • South Carolina secedes from the United States

    South Carolina secedes from the United States
    first state to secede from union. the secession of south carolina basically caused the early start of the civil war in charleston harbor
  • The First Battle of Bull Run

    The First Battle of Bull Run
    First major battle of the American Civil War. Union troops marched from the federal capital in Washington D.C. to strike Confederate forces
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    All people who are held as slaves are now free
  • The Battle of Gettysburg

     The Battle of Gettysburg
    Was the bloodiest battle ever fought. Union side won. It gave the Federals a victory and more morale. Basically it was a very important battle and aided the union into a sure winning victory.
  • The Ku Klux Klan is Established

    The Ku Klux Klan is Established
    A horrible racist terrorist cult
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    Slavery and involuntary service illegal unless used for punishment
  • The Treaty at Appomattox Courthouse

    The Treaty at Appomattox Courthouse
    Confederate leader General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, union leader
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    Granting civilization for any American citizen, and equal protection of the laws
  • John D. Rockefeller Creates Standard Oil

    John D. Rockefeller Creates Standard Oil
    Gave Standard Oil ownership of nearly all the oil pipelines in the nation.
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    The right of a U.S. citizen to vote shall not be denied
  • Alexander Graham Bell Patents the Telephone

    Alexander Graham Bell Patents the Telephone
    Revolutionized communication as we know it
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn
    Crazy Horse and Sitting bull lead a victory to the native tribes and defeat the U.S. troops and kill Custer
  • The Great Oklahoma Land Race

    The Great Oklahoma Land Race
    It set the stage for non-Native American settlement of other sections of Native American territory
  • Battle of Wounded Knee

    Battle of Wounded Knee
    Lakota natives are slaughtered, one of the final chapters of U.S's native American wars
  • Ellis Island Opens to Process Immigrants

    Ellis Island Opens to Process Immigrants
    Immigration station opens
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Plessy vs. Ferguson
    establishment of racial segregation
  • The sinking of the USS Maine

    The sinking of the USS Maine
    Some say the blast was from a mine or bomb placed by one of the factions fighting for control in Cuba. Blast sank U.S.S. Maine in Havana, Cuba Harbor. Killed 266 people of 354 crew
  • The Wizard of Oz (Book) is Published

    The Wizard of Oz (Book) is Published
    American children's novel written by author L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow
  • Teddy Roosevelt Becomes President of the United States

    Teddy Roosevelt Becomes President of the United States
    He became the 26th president after the assassination of William McKinley.
  • J.P. Morgan Founds U.S. Steel

     J.P. Morgan Founds U.S. Steel
    Morgan acquired Andrew Carnegie's steel company and merged it with multiple other steel companies. He controlled the domestic industry basically.
  • Ida Tarbell Publishes Her Article About Standard Oil

    Ida Tarbell Publishes Her Article About Standard Oil
    Talks about Rockefeller's unethical tactics, and horrible conditions for Pennsylvania's independent oil workers.
  • Ford Motor Company is Founded

    Ford Motor Company is Founded
    Henry Ford and other stockholders in the Ford Motor Company meet in Detroit to sign the official paperwork which lead to the founding of Ford Motors.
  • The 16th Amendment is Passed

    The 16th Amendment is Passed
    Congress's right to impose a Federal income tax.
  • Angel Island Opens to Process Immigrants

    Angel Island Opens to Process Immigrants
    Was built to process an anticipated flood of European immigrants entering the United States through the newly opened Panama Canal.
    Most immigrants were from Asia, Angel Island is by San Fransisco.
  • The 17th Amendment is Passed

    The 17th Amendment is Passed
    Allowing voters to cast direct votes for U.S. Senators.
  • The Empire State Building Opens

    The Empire State Building Opens
    102 story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan in New York City
  • The Adoption of the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem

    The Adoption of the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem
    Woodrow Wilson uses it in 1916
    Herbert Hoover signed the congressional act allowing it to be the national anthem. Also called, "The Defence of Fort M'Henry" it was written by Francis Scott Key.
  • Battle of the Philippines

    Battle of the Philippines
    Multiple wars, happened in the Phllippinian sea, is considered the largest carrier battle of the war. This battle was to counter the American invasion of Saipan. Japanese fleet vs. U.S. fifth fleet.