Ancestors of Native Americans cross the Bering Strait

18,000 B.C.

Vikings discover and settle Newfoundland


Height of Mississippian Culture at Cahokia


Columbus lands in Bahamas


Christopher Columbus, an italian was employed by the spanish to find a more direct route to Asia, but landed on a whole new land beginning with the Bahamas, but still believed he had found Asia.

Sir Walter Raleigh founds Roanoke

August 1585

This colony's creation was enforced by the english queen in an attempt to create a permanent english settlement in the new found continent, but disappeared with very minimal trace and is now the source of many conspiracy theories.

Edict of Nantes

April 13, 1598

Champlain colonizes Quebec


John Rolfe perfects tobacco cultivation


First African slaves arrive in Jamestown

August 1619

A small amount of slaves was brought to help in the farming of crops such as tobacco.

Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock


Roger Williams convicted of heresy and founds Rhode Island colony


Because Williams encouraged members of the church to break away from the Church of England in Massachusetts, he was banished and thus created his own colony with no restrictions on religion.

Fundamental Orders drafted

January 14, 1639

This was an early constitution made by the people of Connecticut

New England Confederation formed


Half-Way Covenant founded


This was a form of partial religious committance used by the puritan church that provided second and third and so on generations that were not yet converted completely from the Church of England with the ability to become partial members of the church instead of being excluded altogether.

Bacon's Rebellion


Pope's Rebellion

August 10, 1680

Dominion of New England created


King William's War


Salem Witch Trials

February 1692

A few girls had accused older women of bewitching them which lead to the hanging of these and multiple other women accused of witchcraft and the witch hunt ended with the death of a dog and 20 women.

Barbados Slave Code adopted


Queen Anne's War


Zenger free press trial


After being acquitted for libel, Zenger's case guaranteed freedom of speech even against the government.

War of Jenkin's Ear


Jonathon Edwards begins Great Awakening

July 1741

Edwards had a different take on the word of god and made others believe they had to rely on god more and repent in order to be pure and make it to heaven and thus sparked the Great Awakening.

King George's War


French and Indian War


While seeking land in the Ohio Valley, the British encountered the French and fought for the land and the Indians became involved on the side of the French. This was the first war in America

Peace of Paris

February 10, 1763

Proclamation of 1763

October 7, 1763

Paxton Boys march on Philadelphia

January 1764

Sugar Act passed

April 5, 1764

Stamp Act Congress convenes


This convention was called to create a list of grievances and headed in the direction of a more unified America.

Townshend Acts passed


Boston Massacre

March 5, 1770

About 60 colonists attacked around 10 British soldiers in protest to the unfair taxes, and the soldiers retaliated by killing 11 colonists.

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

The British East India Company was given a monopoly on tea, angering the colonists. Multiple colonists dressed as Indians boarded the ships carrying the tea and dumped it into the Boston Harbor.

Intolerable Acts passed


The British parliament enacted the Intolerable Acts in response to colonial protests including the Boston Tea Party to punish the colonies.

First Continental Congress meets

September 5, 1774

This convention met to discuss and react to the intolerable acts and ended with the decision to boycott all British goods.

Second Continental Congress meets


Quakers found 1st anti-slavery society

April 14, 1775

Battle of Concord

April 19, 1775

Battle of Lexington

April 19, 1775

Battle of Bunker Hill

June 17, 1775

Declaration of Independance

July 4, 1776

Thomas Jefferson and other Founding fathers developed a document that declared independence for America from Britain that made the split official.

Battle of Saratoga


Articles of Confederation adopted

November 15, 1777

This was the original document that controlled the government and stated requirements such as a 2/3 vote for bills and congress could not control the economy or tax at all.

Treaty of Paris

September 3, 1783

This treaty gave the US territory up to the Mississippi river and also Florida.

Treaty of Fort Stanwix

October 22, 1784

Land Ordinance of 1785


This set up a standard process for purchasing undeveloped land in the west of the colonies and provided funding for the federal government

Shay's Rebellion


Lead by Daniel Shay, many rebelled against economic injustices and unfairness for the debt ridden.

Constitutional Convention


The states sent delegates to a convention where much of what is in the constitution was discussed including the means of election for government officials and the different branches of government.

Northwest Ordinance

July 13, 1787

This ordinance gave a method for new states to be admitted to the Union and a bill of rights they would be granted.

Ratification of the Constitution

June 21, 1788

The requirement for ratifying the Constitution was a 9/13 vote by the colonies, which was met and so the Constitution was ratified.

Judiciary Act of 1789


This allowed congress to create lower courts than the supreme and organized the supreme court.

Federalist Party formed


Bill of Rights adopted


This set of the first ten amendments to the Constitution was added to appease those who thought the Constitution impeded too much on the liberties of the people of America including the Antifederalists.

Democratic-Republican Party formed


This party believed in a strict interpretation of the Constitution with no leeway when it comes to gaining power.

Neutrality Proclamation

April 22, 1793

This proclamation stated that the US was now neutral in all conflicts and would not support only one side.

Whiskey Rebellion


Due to the high tax on whiskey, people began attacking those who collected the tax and making moonshine which lead to the removal of this excise tax.

XYZ Affair


Alien and Sedition Acts passed


These acts made it more difficult for immigrants to get to, stay in, and vote in America.

Judiciary Act of 1801


Marbury v. Madison

February 24, 1803

This court case set the base for judicial review which meant that the supreme court could declare a law unconstitutional.

Lewis and Clark Expedition


Lewis and Clark were employed by Thomas Jefferson to explore the land from the Louisiana Purchase and they made maps and discovered a passage to the Pacific Ocean.

Embargo Act passed


Non-Intercourse Act passed

March 1, 1809

This act replaced the Embargo Act and lifted embargos from all nations except France and England

Battle of Tippacanoe

November 7, 1811

Battle of Horseshoe Bend