United States of America History 1492-1825


Columbus Arrives in the Western Hemisphere


Actual Named place America


Martin Luther




Spanish Armada


Jamestown is founded


This was the first permanent English settlement in America which was located in the colony of Virginia.

Tobacco Production


Tobacco was starting to be produced and made as a profitable crop by John Rolfe.

First group of African's arrive (Virginia)


The first group of African's arrived in Jamestown, Virginia.

First Legislative Assembly


The First Legislative Assembly met in Virginia. Each law had to be approved by the London Company, and the first law was that tobacco was to be sold for three shillings per pound.

First Pilgrims in Plymouth


The first pilgrims arrived in Plymouth. It was the first colonial settlement in New England and consisted of about 100 Puritan Separatist Pilgrims. They came here by sailing across the ocean on the Mayflower.

Great Puritan Migration to Massachussetts Bay

1629 - 1640

The Puritans differed from the other immigrants by wanting to come for spiritual reasons rather than economical rewards.

Harvard Founded


Harvard is the oldest institute of higher education in the United States. and was founded by the General Court vote of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Bacon's Rebellion


This was an armed rebellion led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of Governor William Berkeley. Although their initial goal of driving the Native Americans out of Virgina had not worked, the Governor William Berkeley ended up being recalled back to England.

Dominion of New England


The Dominion of New England was created which was an administrative union of English colonies in North America. Included present-day Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

250,000 settlers in English Colonies


First Colonial Newspaper


The title of the first newspaper was "Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick."

Colonial Economic Life Quickens


Great Awakening

1739 - 1744

Period of religious revival in America's history. Used many methods to scare citizens and wanting them to practice their faith again.

French and Indian War

1756 - 1763

Also known as the Seven Year's War.

Proclamtion Line


Was a line drawn across the Appalachian Mountains after the end of the French and Indian War which forbade settlement past this line.

Pontiac's Rebellion

1763 - 1764

A war started by a loose confederation of Native American tribes which had been offended by British policies.

Sugar Act and Stamp Act Controversies

1764 - 1765

Colonists angry over these British taxes set upon their goods.

Declatory Act


This act was put out to repeal the Stamp Act.

Townshend Act


Were a series of acts passed by British Parliament which also included the Quartering Act, stating that the British Parliament had the right to tax the colonies.

Boston Massacre


Was a bloody fight on the street between a patriot mob throwing snowballs, sticks, and stones, against British soldiers. Several colonists were killed.

Committees of Correspondence formed


Shadow governments organized by the Patriot leaders of the Thirteen Colonies on the eve of the American Revolution.

Boston Tea Party


First Continental Congress convenes


Meeting of delegates from twelve of the thirteen colonies held at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, PA.

Revolution Begins


Starts with fighting at Lexington and Concord.

Declaration of Independence


Statement adopted at the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia which states that the thirteen colonies were thirteen newly independent sovereign states.

British defeated at Saratoga


Articles of Confederation Ratified


The first constitution of the United States.

Battles of Yorktown


Northwest Ordinance

1784 - 1787

Created the Northwest Territory, which was the first organized territory of the United States.

Annapolis Convention


Was a national political convention in which twelve delegates from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virgina gathered to discuss trade between the states.

Shay's Rebellion


Led by Daniel Shay, was an armed rebellion of 4,000 rebels in Massachusetts. It mainly consisted of poor farmers aggravated about bankruptcies and land seizures.

Constitutional Convetion


Took place in Philadelphia to address problems in America. The chiefs among the delegates were Alexander Hamilton and James Madison who looked to create a new government as opposed to the existing one.

Constitution Ratified


George Washington becomes President


French Revolution Starts


Lasted from 1789-1799.

The Capital was placed along the Potomac River


The Residence Act stated that the capital was to be located along the Potomac River.

Whiskey Rebellion


Was the first tax put on a domestic product by the newly formed government. Angered people and caused them to rebel. Farmers were used to making whiskey by distilling their surplus corn and grain.

Un-declared War with France


Alien and Sedition Acts


Were four bills that were passed by the Federalists and singed into law by 5th president James Madison which were the outcome of the French Revolution and the undeclared war between the Colonies and France.

Louisiana Purchase


The United States bought Louisiana from France and created the Louisiana Territory.

Embargo Act

1807 - 1809

Made illegal all exports from the United States. Thomas Jefferson didn't want other countries have American supplies during the time of war.

Slave Trade ended


Slave trade was abolished.

War of 1812


In this war, America took on the strongest naval power in the world, Great Britain. It lasted for two and a half years and ended in a stalemate (the signing the treaty of Ghent).

Romanticism In America


Romanticism started to grow in America.

First Labor Unions Formed


An organized group of workers to protect their rights.

Missouri Compromise


An effort to diffuse the sectional and political rivalries triggered by the request of Missouri to be a state where slavery is allowed. It regulated slavery in the western territories and prohibited it in the Louisiana Territory besides the boundary of the newly proposed state of Missouri.

Monroe Doctrine


Stated that efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be seen as acts of aggression, requiring U.S intervention.