History of the Americas

History of the Americas


38,000 BC - 8,000 BC

People cross the land bring from Asia to the Americas.

Native Cultures Develop

8,000 BC - 1000 AD

Farming and Settlement

8,000 BC

People learn how to farm and form settlements

Mound Builders

1000 BC - 1500 AD

The Mound Builder culture thrived


1000 BC - 900 AD

The Mayan culture thrived.


100 AD - 1300 AD

The Anazasi culture thrived.

European Exploration and Coloization of the Americas

1000 AD - 1776


1200 AD - 1521 AD

The Aztec culture thrived.

Columbus's First Voyage


Spain Begins Settlements in the New World

1493 AD

Amerigo Vespucci Sails along the coast of South America

1501 AD

Amerigo Vespuci Recognized the "New World"

1502 AD

African Slaves Brought to the Americas by the Spanish

1512 AD

Vasco Nunez de Balboa Crosses From Atlantic to Pacific Ocean

1513 AD

Juan Ponce de Leon Explores Florida

1513 AD

Ferdinand Magellan Sails Around the World

1519 AD - 1522 AD

Aztecs Defeated by Spain

1521 AD

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca Explores Texas

1528 AD

Spain Conquers the Inca

1533 AD

New Spain Founded

1535 AD

The Colony of Peru Founded

1535 AD

Francisco vasquez de Coronado Explored American Southwest

1540 AD

Hernando de Soto Discovers the Mississippi River

1540 AD

Iroquoi League

1580 AD

Cheyenne Tame Horses

1770 AD

Time Period

Ice Age

38,000 BC - 8,000 BC

The Americas Without Contact From Europe

8,000 BC - 1000 AD

European Exploration and Colonization of the Americas

1000 AD - 1776 AD

The Renaissance

1350 AD - 1600 AD

Meanwhile, In Europe, Asia, and Africa...


600 AD - 1150 AD

Eric the Red Sails to Greenland

982 AD

Leif Ericsson, First European in the Americas

1000 AD


1150 AD - 1400 AD

Marco Polo Travels the Silk Road

1271 AD


1400 AD - 1600 AD

Zheng He's Fleet Sails

1400 AD

Magnetic Compass Invented

1400 AD

Printin Press

1450 AD

Bartolomeu Dias Rounds Africa's Tip

1488 AD

Vasco da Gama Sails from Europe to India

1497 AD