U.S. History and Colonization

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Columbus

1492

Columbus begins his voyage to the Indies and encounters North America

Amerigo Vespucci

1499

Spanish explorer encounters South America

Ponce de Leon

1513

Explorer de Leon lands in what is now Florida

Ferdinand Magellan

1519 - 1522

first person to sail around the world

Hernando Cortes

1519

conquers the Aztec Empire

Hernando de Soto

1541

Explorer encounters the Mississippi River

Roanoke

1585

The Roanoke Colony was established in what is now North Carolina

Virginia Dare

1587

The first English child born in the Americas in Roanoke

Jamestown

1607

Captain John Smith among the 105 settlers of Jamestown in Virginia

John Rolfe

1610

arrives in Jamestown, only 60 of the original 150 settlers were still alive

Pocahontas

1614

marries John Rolfe

Slaves

1619

20 African slaves brought by a Dutch ship to Jamestown

Mayflower

1620

101 pilgrims land in Cape Cod Massachusetts

Wampanoag Treaty

1621

A peace pact between the Wampanoag Tribe and the Plymouth pilgrims aided by Squanto

Boston Tea Party

1773

American Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

Declaration of Independence

1776

George Washington

1789

First President of the United States

Bill of Rights

1791

Indian Removal Act and Trail of Tears

1830

Women's Suffrage

1848 - 1920

Civil War

1849 - 1865

Emancipation Proclamation

1863

13th Amendment

1865

Slavery abolished

15th Amendment

1870

right to vote (for men of color)

Mexican Revolution

1910 - 1920

WW1

1914 - 1918

19th Amendment

1919

Women earned the right to vote

WW2

1939 - 1945

Civil Rights Movement

1955 - 1980

MLK Assassinated

1968