The Colonial Heritage

Events

Columbus Discovers the New Word

1492

Cabot claims part of North America for England

1497

Ponce de Leon discovers Florida

1513

England founds Roanoke Colony

1587

English settlers found Jamestown, Virginia

1607

Hudson claims part of New York for the Dutch

1609

Champlain claims part of New World for the French

1609

First blacks arrive in English colonies

1619

Pilgrims found Plymouth, Massachusetts

1620

Puritans found Massachusetts Bay Colony

1630

St. Mary's City, Maryland, founded as a haven for Catholics

1634

Rodger Williams founds Providence, Rhode Island

1636

Rodger Williams founds Providence, Rhode Island

1636

Ole' Deluder Satan Act Passed

1647

William Penn and Quakers settle in Pennsylvania

1682

Great Awakening

1730 - 1760

Oglethorpe founds Savannah, Georgia

1733