The 13 American colonies had developed a distinctive way of life that would affect the development of America.
1775 - 1785
The Revolutionary war was a war to get independence.
Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia.
United States Constitution ratified
New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution.
George Washington elected President
George Washington was the first president of the United States and the Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
Capital of US moved from New York City to Philadelphia
President Washington first took office in New York City, but, when reelected in 1792, the capital had already moved to Philadelphia where it would remain for a decade.
Fugitive Slave Act
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 was an Act of the United States Congress to give effect to the Fugitive Slave Clause of the U.S. Constitution which guaranteed a right of a slaveholder to recover an escaped slave.
Yellow Fever strikes Philadelphia
Yellow fever, or American plague as it was known at the time, is a viral disease that begins with fever and muscle pain.
John Adams elected President
John Adams was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as the second President of the United States, the first Vice President, and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from Great Britain.
1861 - 1865
The American Civil War was a civil war in the United States. The Union faced secessionists in eleven Southern states grouped together as the Confederate States of America.