1600-1700, 1700-1800, 1800-1876

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In History
  • Jamestown

    The first permanent English settlement, Jamestown is established in Virginia.
  • First Tobacco Crop Planted

    First Tobacco Crop Planted
    The Cash Crop for the struggling Jamestown is found and is the main source of income for the new settlement.
  • The House Of Burgesses

    The House Of Burgesses
    The first representative assembly in America meets for the first time as well as the first slaves are brought to Jamestown.
  • Plymouth Colony

    Plymouth Colony
    The Plymouth Colony is established in Massachusetts by pilgrims from England. The Mayflower Compact is also made and signed by the people.
  • Powhatan Indians

    Powhatan Indians
    Jamestown was randomly attacked by the Powhatan Indians resulting in the deaths of about 300 settlers in Jamestown.
  • Maryland

    Maryland was founded by King Charles 1 and paved the way for other colonies to be formed in America.
  • Harvard

    The first University is founded at Cambridge in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Rhode Island

    Rhode Island
    Rhode Island is founded by Roger Williams as a colony based on the principles of religious tolerance after he was banished from the Massachusetts colony.
  • Colonial Population

    Colonial population is estimated to be around 50,400
  • Virginia Law

    In Virginia the first law in the Americas was passed to advocate for the growing slave population and dealt with the children of owned slaves and that they were the property of the owner there parents work for.
  • New York

    New York
    The English seize New Amsterdam from the Dutch and rename it New York
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    Bacon's Rebellion
    Colonist led by Bacon attacked the Native Americans causing tension between the colonist and the Natives
  • British Glorious Revolution

    British Glorious Revolution
    Political leadership was bad resulting in a change in the Monarchs. James 2 was replaced by William and his wife Mary. This revolution was peaceful and bloodless leading to it being called glorious and brought the people happiness in the hands of a better leader.
  • Colonial Population

    Colonial Population reaches approximately 275,000
  • Carolina

    Carolina was divided into North and South Carolina
  • The First Tea

    Tea was introduced into the colonies and would play a huge role into the beginning of the American Revolution.
  • Anti-Slavery

    The Quakers state their position on slavery and their thoughts against slavery
  • Seven Years' War

    Seven Years' War
    The French and Indian Wars in America too place where Britain and Prussia defeat France, Spain, Austria, and Russia. The war would last until 1763
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The First tax on America is placed taxing all stamps used. This would be the first of many steps the British takes to try and pay off the debt from the Seven Years' War.
  • Repeal of the Stamp Act

    Repeal of the Stamp Act
    That very same year, 9 of the 13 colonies ask for the repeal of the Stamp Act. The people of America begin to riot due to the tax by the British.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    Even though the Stamp Act was repealed in 1766 the Townshend Acts were imposed taxing glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a deadly riot that started with one British Soldier but ended with shots being fired among a crowd of colonist.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonist were tired of the tax on tea so they dressed up as Indians and threw over 92,000 pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    British troops could now live in any occupied dwelling in the United States.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    The fight at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, marks the start to the American Revolution.
  • The Articles of Confederation

    The Articles of Confederation are first discussed and made during the war.
  • France joins the War

    France joins the War
    France joins the war on Americas side shifting the war towards America. They had been beaten down and were struggling to fight the British until this help.
  • The Battle of Yorktown

    The Battle of Yorktown
    French and American forces joined at Yorktown to defeat the British. This battle ending in defeat showed the British that there was no chance of winning this war in America.
  • Peace Talks

    Britain begins to talk peace to America to end the war
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Britain finally declares America as Independent with the Treaty of Paris.
  • The Constitution

    The Constitution
    The Constitution of the United States is signed
  • George Washington

    George Washington
    George Washington is elected president with all 69 votes in the Electoral College.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    The U.S. Bill of Rights is ratified.
  • U.S.

    The U.S. Capital is moved around from New York to Philadelphia to its final home, Washington D.C.
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson becomes the United States third president and would win again.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The United States pays France $15 million for the Louisiana territory which includes the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains which is about 830,000 sq miles. The U.S. doubled in size.
  • James Madison

    James Madison
    The fourth President James Madison takes the office and would also serve for two terms.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    America gets in another war with Britain and its allies and ends in a draw but the United States gained more land in America.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    As the war raged on, August 24, 1814, invading British troops marched into Washington and set fire to the U.S. Capital.
  • James Monroe

    James Monroe
    The fifth president, James Monroe is inaugurated. He would also serve for two terms.
  • United States Expansion

    United States Expansion
    Spain agrees to cede Florida to the United States.
  • John Quincy Adams

    John Quincy Adams
    John Quincy Adams is inaugurated as the sixth president.
  • Railroad

    Construction is begun on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the first public railroad in the United States.
  • Andrew Jackson

    Andrew Jackson
    Andrew Jackson is inaugurated as seventh president. He would serve for two terms.
  • United States Population

    The nation's first census shows that the population has climbed to nearly 4 million.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    President Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, which authorizes the forced removal of Native Americans living in the eastern part of the country to lands west of the Mississippi River. By the late 1830s nearly 50,000 Native Americans had been moved.
  • Texas Independence

    Texas Independence
    Texas declares its independence from Mexico.
  • Martin Van Buren

    Martin Van Buren
    Martin Van Buren is inaugurated as the eighth president.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    More than 15,000 Cherokee Indians are forced to march from Georgia to Oklahoma. More than 4,000 Indians died from starvation and disease on the Trail of Tears.
  • William Henry Harrison

    William Henry Harrison
    William Henry Harrison is inaugurated as the ninth president. He dies a month later and is succeeded by John Tyler.
  • James Polk

    James Polk
    James Polk is inaugurated as the 11th president
  • Oregon Treaty

    Oregon Treaty
    Oregon Treaty fixes U.S.-Canadian border at 49th parallel; U.S. acquires Oregon territory.
  • Mexican War

    Mexican War
    Mexican War: U.S. declares war on Mexico in effort to gain California and other territory in Southwest.
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    With the End of the war and the signing of the treaty, Mexico recognizes Rio Grande as new boundary with Texas and, for $15 million, agrees to cede territory comprising present-day California, Nevada, Utah, most of New Mexico and Arizona, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. This very much helped with the Manifest Destiny dream that America had to move out west to the ocean.
  • Gold Rush

    Gold is found in Sutter's Mill in California. The gold rush reaches its height the following year.
  • Women's Rights

    Women's Rights
    Women's rights convention is held at Seneca Falls, N.Y.
  • Zachary Taylor

    Zachary Taylor
    Zachary Taylor is inaugurated as the 12th president.
  • Millard Fillmore

    Millard Fillmore
    Millard Fillmore, was the 13th President of the United States (1850-1853)
  • Gadsden Purchase

    Gadsden Purchase
    United States agreed to pay Mexico $10 million for a 29,670 square mile portion of Mexico that later became part of Arizona and New Mexico.
  • Franklin Pierce

    Franklin Pierce
    Franklin Pierce became 14th President of the United States.
  • James Buchanan

    James Buchanan
    James Buchanan becomes the 15th President of the United States.
  • Abraham Lincoln is elected

    Abraham Lincoln is elected
    Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest and most remembered presidents of the America, was elected as the sixteenth president. His election spurred on the most brutal and deadliest war in American history. Soon after he was elected, South Carolina seceded from the Union and was then followed by the Civil War.
  • Confederate States Are Formed

    Confederate States Are Formed
    11 states had seceded from the U.S. and the Confederate states were formed. Jefferson Davis was elected as president of them a day later.
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    The Civil War was the conflict between the North (the Union) and the South (the Confederacy) over the expansion of slavery into western states and over the preservation of the Union. This war was had a higher fatality rate out of all of the wars fought in America combined. This sad event shaped our government for the better and opened the eyes of Americans to the brutality of slavery.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Made possible by the Union victory at Antietam and issued on January 1 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order of President Lincoln that emancipated (e.g. freed) all slaves in the states still in rebellion against the Federal government.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg

    The Battle of Gettysburg
    This was a turning point in the Civil war and led to the defeat of the confederate army.
  • Civil War is Over

    Civil War is Over
    Lee surrenders to Grant at the Appomattox Court House