The African Slave Trade In a Broad Context

PreColumbian America

The arrival of human beings in America

35,000 BC

Americans were widely dispersed across the Western Hemisphere

9000 BC

Agricultural Revolution began

5000 BC

Post-Columbus Colonization

Colonization was dominated by Spain

1490 - 1590

Columbus reaches the Americas

1492

Small pox arrived causing a "biological holocaust"

1518 - 1530

French concentrated on settlements in the north

1534 - 1730

Portugal staked out a claim in Brazil

1550

British Colonization (first permanent settlement in Jamestown, VA)

1607 - 1776

Dutch began to settle in the Americas

1628

Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

African Slave Trade

African Slave Trade to the Americas

1456 - 1863

Post-American Revolution

Declaration of Independence

1776

US Constitution

1787

Civil War

1861 - 1865

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation

1863

13th Amendment abolishes slavery

1865

Brown v. Board of Education

1954

Civil Rights Movement

1955 - 1968

Supreme Court legalizes interracial marriage in all states

1967

First President with African Ancestry Elected (Barack Obama)

2008