Us history timeline


Protestant Reformation


a religious movement of the 16th century that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the creation of Protestant church.

Mayflower compact is signed

11 november 1620

An agreement reached by the Pilgrims on the ship the Mayflower in 1620, just before they landed at Plymouth Rock. The Mayflower Compact bound them to live in a civil society according to their own laws.

Bacon's Rebellion


Bacon's Rebellion was an armed rebellion in 1676 by Virginia settlers led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of governor William Berkeley.


1685 - 1815

a philosophical movement of the 18th century marked by a rejection of traditional social, religious, and political ideas and an emphasis on rationalism

articles of confederation are ratified

march 1 1701

a written agreement ratified in 1781 by the thirteen original states; it provided a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens.

French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

a series of military engagements between Britain and France in North America. between 1754-1763. The French and Indian War was the american phase of the Seven Years War, which was then underway in Europe.

stamp act of 1765

march 22 1765

A law passed by the British government in 1765 that required the payment of a tax to Britain on a great variety of papers and documents, including newspapers, that were produced in the American colonies.

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

A raid on the three British ships in Boston harbor in which the boston colonists disguised as indians, threw the contents of hundred chests of tea into the harbor as a protest on tea taxes.

common sense

1775 - 1776

Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies.

revolutionary war

april 19 1775

The war for American independence from Britain. The fighting began with the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775, and lasted through the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.

declaration of independence

july 4 1776

The fundamental document establishing the United States as a nation, adopted on July 4, 1776. The declaration was ordered and approved by the Continental Congress and written largely by Thomas Jefferson.

Shay's Rebellion

august 1786 - 1787

An uprising led by a former militia officer, Daniel Shays, which broke out in western Massachussets in 1786. Shay's followers protested the foreclosures of farms for debt and briefly succeeded in shutting down the court system.

great compromise

july 16 1787

a compromise adopted at the Constitutional Convention, providing the states with equal representation in the Senate and proportional representation in the House of Representatives.

george washington is elected

february 4 1789

On this day in 1789, George Washington becomes the first and only president to be unanimously elected by the Electoral College

whiskey rebellion

1791 - 1794

a revolt of settlers in western Pennsylvania in 1794 against a federal excise tax on whiskey: suppressed by militia called out by President George Washington to establish the authority of the federal government.

Jay's treaty

november 19 1794

the agreement in 1794 between England and the U.S. by which limited trade relations were established, England agreed to give up its forts in the northwestern frontier, and a joint commission was set up to settle border disputes

Treaty of Greenville

august 3 1795

A year after the Battle of Fallen Timbers, Native American leaders and Anthony Wayne met at Fort Greenville in Ohio to negotiate an end to the Northwest Territory Indian War. On August 3, 1795, both sides signed the Treaty of Greenville.

pinckney's treaty

october 27 1795

Pinckney's Treaty, known as the Treaty of San Lorenzo or the Treaty of Madrid, was signed in San Lorenzo de El Escorial on October 27, 1795 and established intentions of friendship between the United States and Spain

louisiana purchase

april 30 1803

The purchase by the United States from France of the huge Louisiana Territory in 1803. President Thomas Jefferson ordered the purchase negotiations, fearing that the French, then led by Napoleon, wanted to establish an empire in North America.