APWH Semester Timeline Project

Prominent People(s)


200,000 BCE - 30,000 BCE

200,000-30,000 BCE
Our direct ancestors who mingled with the cro-magnums and introduced several new cultural ideas such as burying our dead.


40,000 BCE - 10000 BCE

The earliest known Homo Sapien Sapien who lived along side with the neanderthals and eventually replaced the neanderthal.

Oceania Settlements and Societies

4000 BCE - 700

Oceania settlements and societies apeared in 4000 BCE in New Guinea and Australia and then moved further west by island hoping.


3100 BCE

A minor official in Egypt who rose to power and built a centralizied state ruled by pharaohs.

Epic of Gilgamesh

2750 BCE - 2624 BCE

The stories of the adventures of Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu.


2370 BCE - 2315 BCE

The leader of the Akkadians who conquered most of mesopotamia but collapsed due to repetitive rebellions.


1813 BCE - 1638 BCE

A Hebrew patriarch who is recognized by muslims, christians, and jew as a religious figure.


1792 BCE - 1750 BCE

A king of the Babylonians who created The Code of Hammurabi which was used to keep order and bring criminals to justice.


600 BCE - 500 BCE

According to chinese tradition Laozi was the founder of daoism which emphasized being at one with your environment and going with the flow rather than following strict rules, laws, and social distinctions.

Siddartha Gautama

563 bce - 483 bce

Better know as the Buddha, siddartha founded buddhism and spread his teachings across india and became the enlightend one.


558 BCE - 530 BCE

A brilliant military straegist that led the persians in a rebellion against the medes and gained their independence. he created the first persian empire kniwn as the Achaemenid empire which dominanted most of the middle east.!


551 BCE - 479 BCE

The first chinese thinker to address political and social order in a straight forward manner. he created the confucius school of thought that encouraged the confucian values of ren, li, and xiao.http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS9Af0Hyh8IuhjWSdAX1o3-mNSRKNyxAQHaW0ut4JbytUBYmMkJVj1YinChgA


521 BCE - 486 BCE

The grandson of Cyrus who expanded Achaemenid empire both east and west and also pioneered long lasting administrative techniques.


470 bce - 399 bce

A greek philosopher who questioned everything and believed in having long discussions and arguements rather than writing everything down.


430 bce - 347 bce

The student of socrates who documented socrates' ideas. Plato preserved socrates' ideas and elaborated on them.


384 bce - 322 bce

A student of plato's who disagreed with plato's ideas. He wanted to answer questions instead of just asking them all the time.


372 bce - 289 bce

The most learned man of his age who was the principal spokesperson for confucian ideas and beliefs. He gave advice and consalted with leaders during the period of warring states.

Alexander the Great

336 bce - 323 bce

Conquered the Persians and brought peace and freedom to Greece for a short time.

Ashoka Maurya

268 bce - 232 bce

The grandson of Chandrgupta who led the mauryan dynasty to its high point. He was a great administrator and advocate for buddhism.

Qin Shuhuangdi

221 bce - 210 bce

The first emporer of the Qin Dynasty who ordered the building of the terra-cotta army, centralizied rule, and order a burning of all books of philosophy.

Julius Caesar

46 bce - 44 bce

The first dictator of rome who ruled from 46-44 bce and was literally stabbed in the back by the rulling elite class and senetors.

Augustas Caesar

27 bce - 18 ce

The next ruler after Julius Caesar who ruled unopposed for 45 years and created and imperial government that would rule rome for the next three centuries.

Jesus of Nazareth

4 bce - 30 ce

The founder and messiah of christianity who spread his teaching across the roman empire and was crucified for it.


284 ce - 305 ce

The emporer who split rome in two so that the empire could be governed easier.


306 - 337

The emporer who established constantinople as the byzantine capitol and established the byzantine empire.

Chandra Gupta

320 - 335

The first emporer of the Gupta empirewho reunified most of India for the first time since the maurya.

Justinian and Theodora

527 - 565

Justinian was the most important byzantine emporer of his time. Justinian commissioned the Hagia Sophia and created justinians code. Theodora was his wife and advisor who was a former striptease artist.


570 ce - 632 ce

Muslims believe Muhammad is the one and only prophet of Allah. Muhammad established his religion in Mecca where it spread across the middle east and across asia.

Abu Bakr

573 - 634

The first caliph after Muhammad died. He was supported by the sunnis when he was appointed caliph.


595 ce

Muhammad's first wife who gave him a position of prominance after they were married.


768 - 814

The grandson of charles martel, Charlemange brought the Frankish realm to its high point and reestablished centralizied imperial rule.


800 - 1000

Norse Mariners took to the seas in pursuit of goods and riches. The vikinigs raided and pillaged european peoples such as the Franks.


971 - 1030

The leader of the turks in modern day afghanistan who raided and sacked many hindu temples in india and set the stage for the sultanate of Delhi.



The Bantu set the basis for most of the african kingdoms because they migrated all across africa and set up small bantu communities.They also started to grow they very important crop called bananas.

William the Conquerer

1027 - 1087

Invaded england and established himself ans the first norman king of england. He created a much more centralizied rule but still maintained some previous anglo-saxon ideas.

Pope Urban the II

1042 - 1099

Pope Urban the Second called for the first crusade to capture the formerly christian lands as well as the holy lans and jerusalem. Also the byzantine empire need some help against the turks.

Temujin (Chinggis Khan)

1162 - 1227

Chinggis Khan Unified the Mongolian people and created the largest continuos land empire ever. Chinggis Khan offered peace to people and conquered them if they rejected him. He also encouraged trade, reestablished the silk trade routes, and made cross eurasian trade safer.

Marco Polo

1254 - 1324

A venetian merchant and explorer who was one of the few europeans to have had direct dealings with the mongols and Khubilai khan.

Khubilai Khan

1264 - 1294

Khubilai Khan a mongol khan who unified the mongols, embraced many cultures, and encouraged trade. He also created the Yuan dynasty but treated the chinese very poorly.

Ibn Battuta

1304 - 1377

A islamic traveler who traveled across afro-eurasia spreading the word of islam and taking up jobs as administrators or judges. He also ran wealthy mosque and dealt out punishments for crimes. At the end of his travels, he wrote a book about them.

Mansa Musa

1313 - 1337

The richest man to have ever walked the earth, mansa musa is partly responsible for the spread of islam in north africa and the success of the mali empire.


1336 - 1405

Born in the steppes of central asia, tamerlane used chinggis khan as his model and established his own empire across anatolia and western asia.

Mehmed the Conquerer

1432 - 1481

Mehmet the conquerer led the ottoman turks to a victory over the byzantines when the took control of Constantinople.


1440 - 1469

a Mexica leader who conquered some of his neighbors and helped create the triple alliances known as the Aztec.

Bartelommeo dias

1451 - 1500

A portugese explorer who was the first person to sail around the southern tip of africa.

Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

In 1492 columbus sailed across the atlantic hoping to find a new route to India but instead discovered a land previously unknown to the europeans called the Americas.

Vasco de Gama

1469 - 1524

a portugese explorer who was the first to sail directly from europe to India.


1475 - 1564

An Italian Renaissance artist who has influenced art and other aspects of life in the modern day.



7500 BCE - 5700 BCE

A small settlement in mesopotamia that was repeatedly torn down and rebuilt which at its peak held 10,000 people.

Mohenjo-daro, Harappa

3000 BCE - 1500 BCE

Mohenjo_Daro and Harrapa dominated the Indus valley between 3000-1500 BCE. They used the Indus and monsoons to fertilize their fields but they were very unpredictable. Harrapa most likely fell to natural disaster.

Old Kingdom

2660 BCE - 2160 BCE

The time at which most of Egypt's massive monuments were built. including the pyramid of Giza and royal tombs.

Shia (Xia)

2200 BCE - 1800 BCE

One of the first chinese dynasties that organized china on a large scale. The dynasty was said to be founded by sage-king Yu who order large scale public work projects.

Middle Kingdom

2055 BCE - 1650 BCE

The time at which the Cult of Osiris rose to become the popular religion. The first leader of the middle kingdom was mentuhotep II.


1766 BCE - 1122 BCE

A chinese dynasty that developed bronze metallurgy as well as chariots and other technologies.

New Kingdom

1550 BCE - 1070 BCE

The new kingdom developed and eleaborate bureaucracy, held 4 million people, and built numerous temples as well as monuments to their power.


1200 BCE - 400 BCE

The "rubber people" who developed the rubber ball, traded jade and obsidian and built large ceremonial temples and capitols.

Zhou Dynasty

1100 BCE - 256 BCE

The chinese dynasty that over threw the shang and created the mandate of heaven. The zhou fell due to their inability to maintain control of their land.


1000 BCE - 300 BCE

An religion that engulfed most of mordern Peru but no evidence suggests what purpose the religion served. Some theories say the cult worshipped and fertility god and another say that the cult worshipped an agricultural god.

The Achaemenid Empire

558 bce - 330 bce

the largest empire the world had seen at the time, the Achaemenid empire was founded by Cyrus and expanded into mesopotamia and parts of india, africa, and anatolia.

Roman Republic

509 bce - 46 bce

The roman republic preceeded the roman empire and was an aristocratic republic. The republic had a constitution and a civil and military consul.

Era of Warring states

403 BCE - 221 BCE

An era in china after the collapse of the Zhou where chinese states constantly battle with no one person taking total power.

Mauryan Dynasty

321 bce - 185 bce

One of the first empires to unify India and its tribes.


300 BCE - 900

The heirs of the Olmecs, the Maya were large mesoamerican civilization that built many lareg ceremonial centers and cities including Tikal and teotihuacan.

Qin Dynasty

221 bce - 207 bce

The qin dynasty temporally restored order to china through centralizied rule but the qin dynasty quickly fell to rebellion.

Han dynasty

206 bce - 220 ce

The dynasty was founded by Liu Bang and replaced the qin dynasty. Like the qin the Han used a centralizied government but instead educated young men from wealthy families in confucian schools to prepare then for government work.

Roman Empire

46 bce - 476 ce

The roman empire shifted from a republic to an empire when julius caesar took control of the empire. From then on the empire was ruled by a emporer.

Gupta Dynasty

320 - 550

The next major dynasty to reunify India and bring peace for a while.

Byzantine Empire

330 - 1453

The empire that replaced eastern Rome and became one of the most significant empires and trading empire in afro-eurasia at its time.


350 - 690

One of the first african kingdoms who converted to christianity. Christianity came to axum through trade and soon the merchants had converted, soon followed by the royals and the common people.

Sui Dynasty

589 - 618

The first empire to return order to china after the fall of the han dynasty.The sui created the grand canal and set the stage for the song and tang.


618 - 907

The Tang created the equal-field system, established the bureacracy of merit, and foreign relations. The tang also expanded into tibet, vietnam, and korea.

Umayyad Caliphate

661 - 750

The first dynasty after the death of muhammad and the assassination of ali. The umayyad would evantually be brought down by Abu al-abbas and his rebellion.

Nara Japan

710 - 794

The nara period was a time when a japanese clan claimed imperial control and modeled itself after the chinese dynasties.

Abbasid Caliphate

750 ce - 1258 ce

The caliphate that rebelled against and toppled the umayyad dynasty; Led by Abu al-abbas.


794 - 1185

The time at which the Fujiwara familiy ruled Japan.


960 - 1279

The chinese dynasty that replaced the tang and created a centralizied government but a weak state. The song fell due to economic crisis and a weak military with unexperienced generals.

Holy Roman Empire

962 - 1806

A empire that was not holy, roman, or an empire. The holy roman empire was a varying complex of lands that was never really under the control of one ruler.

Great Zimbabwe


A large stone swahili city-state that controlled and taxed trade between the coastal and interior areas of east africa.

Sultanate of Delhi

1206 - 1526

Established by Mahmud's successors, the sultanate of Delhi was an islamic state that was located in northern India and while it technically ruled that area, they had little control of that area.

Yuan Dynasty

1279 - 1368

Created by Khubilai Khan, the Yuan dynsty was ruled by the mongols and very few chinese had any snese of power. most were treated poorly, unfairly, and saw the mongols as tyrants.

Ottoman Empire

1299 - 1922

The early ottoman empire was founded by osman and took control of constantinople in 1453. They toppled the byzantine empire and survived untill 1922 when they became the republic of Turkey.

Aztec Empire

1428 - 1521

A triple alliances between the mexica, texcoco, and tlacopan. The aztec dominated much of mesoamerica and recieved tribute from tribes across their empire. They were eventually conquered by spain.

Inca Empire

1471 - 1532

A group of people who lived in the highlands of the Andes mountains. They traded with other peoples across present day peru and also established roads across peru.



4000 BCE

Groups of nomads found in the steppe lands of central Asia herded animals and domesticated and rode animals.

Oracle Bones

2000 BCE

Oracle bones were an early form of writing in chinese culture. A diviner would write a question on a bone and then thrown it in a fire untill it cracked. the diviner would then read the cracks for an answer.


1400 BCE - 600 BCE

The vedas were stories and traditions passed down orally through the sacred sanskrit language and were compiled between 1400-600 BCE.


800 BCE - 400 BCE

Upanisheds were discussions of riligious issues between sages and their disciples. These discussions were ussually transmitted by dialogue.


500 bce

The values and ideas founded by confucius that give social and political structure. The three main ideas are ren (an attitude of kindness and benevolence or sense of humanity), li (A sense of propriety), and xiao (To respect your elders and people above you; filial piety).


500 bce

a religion of peace that is devoted to understanding natural principals and how to live in harmony.


400 bce - 200 bce

A form of government focussed on centralizied state that helped end the period of warring states.

Popul Vuh

300 BCE - 900

A Mayan creation myth that says the gods made humans out of maize and water which made up human flesh and blood.


30 ce

The faith the formed out of judaism and believes that Jesus was the messiah.



The religion founded by siddartha that says you should enjoy no earthly attachments because the cause suffering and you need to end suffering by following the four noble truths and the eight fold path. once you follow the path you will reach nirvana.

Discoveries and Signicant Events

Land Bridge

13,000 BCE - 10,000 BCE

The land bridge known as Beringia helped migrants in Siberia migrate to the Americans. these people became the native americans and mesoamericans.

Agricultural Revolution

10,000 BCE

The first agricultural revelution led to the development of towns, villages, and eventually cities.


4000 BCE

The discovery of bronze metalurgy led to new tools and weapons as well as new trade items.

Bantu migration

2000 BCE - 1000

The Bantu people moved from west Africa into east, central and southern Africa during this period. They spread the Bantu language and developed iron metallurgy.


1000 BCE

Iron metalurgy was refined in 1300 BCE by the Hitite and soon replaced bronze as the metal of choice.

silk trade routes

200 bce - 300 ce

The trade routes that crossed eurasia and carried goods such as silk, spices, and gold.

Pax Romana

100 ce - 350 ce

A time in rome in which a long period of peace was enjoyed.

Yellow Turban Uprising


Rebellions formed by peasants wearing yellow turbans who wanted the land ditribution fixed. the rebels weakend the han and contributed to their collapse.

Germanic Invasions

224 ce - 476 ce

Germanic tribes started to attack and raid the romans in 224 and eventually took the western half of rome.

Split of roman empire

290 ce

Diocletian split the empire into two halfs to help govern the empire and maintain more control.

Roman capitol moved to Constantinople

330 ce

Constantine moved the capitol of rome to constantinople after he consolidated his grip. Constantinople was built on a strategic penisula between asia and europe.

Fall of Rome


After repeated germanic invasions as well as civil unrest the western half of rome fell and many historians see this as the fall of rome.

Justinian's Code


Justinian's code was a review and codification of roman law. Justinian called it corpus iurus civilus or the body of the civil law. This civil law code has influenced the civil law codes of modern countries.

Hagia Sophia


Commissioned by Justinian, the Hagia Sophia was originally and christian church but was converted yto an islamic mosque when the turks conguered the city.

Civil Service Examinations

589 - 907

The civil service examinations were used by the han, sui, and tang. Young men were educated and tested in preperation for government jobs.

Fast Ripening Rice


Fast ripening rice was discpvered by the chinese when they expanded into Vietnam. This new form of rice allowed for peasants to grow two crops a year and have a surplus of food.

Indian Ocean Trade Routes

600 ce - 1600 ce

People across afro-eurasia figured out how to use the monsoon winds and were soon trading across the indian ocean. this created large wealthy port-cities.

Block Printing


Block printing was the arrangement of blocks with ink rolled on them and pressed to paper. Ths became more common and prevelant during the tang dynasty.

Grand Canal


The grand canal was built by the sui dynasty and served as means of trading and transportation.The canal allowed merchants too move north and south on the water.

Founding of Islam

610 ce

Muhammad under went a spiritual transformation in 610 ce and recieved messages, visions, and revelations from the archangel Gabriel and was told to spread his revelations.



The migration of Muhammad and some of his followers from mecca to medina.

Battle of Tours

732 ce

A battle between Charles martel and the franks against an islamic army. The franks ultimately won the battle and stopped any further advancement from the iberian peninsula.

Trans-Saharan Trade Route

800 - 1500

The trade route across the sahara between the arabs and west africa. Camels were often used to traverse the desert because of how suited they were to the desert.



Neo- Cunfianism was the mixing of confucian and buddhist ideas that was backed by the song dyansty.

Flying Cash


Chinese merchants needed an alternative form of payment instead of coins and bronze. Small printed notes were soon used in return for cash deposits. Eventually the Qing dynasty took control of the production of paper money.

Great Schism


The schism was a split in the Christian church between the roman catholics and eastern orthodox christians. this split was caused by infighting about rights and powers of either side of the church.

Norman Conquest of England


The norman duke, William the conquerer invaded england and established himself as the king. He created a centralizied fule and retained many anglo-saxon instituions.


1070 - 1492

The reconquista of sicily and spain was an effort by the christians to reclaim their lands. The christians battle the islamic armies for years before the christians fully reclaimed their land from the muslims and reestablished christianity.

Battle of Manzikert


The seljuq turks defeated the byzantine empire and captured the byzantine emperor.


1095 - 1580

The crusades were a series of conquests and wars that were meant to recapture holy lands and establish christianity. They usually failed and the fourth one ended with crusaders sacking constantinople.

Mongols sack baghdad


The mongols defeated the abbasid empire and sacked baghdad in an effort to expand even further than they had. The city was looted and killed two hundred thousand residents.

Bubonic Plague

1330 - 1600

The first outbreak occured in southwestern china and was spread by mongol armies and merchants moving west across eurasia. The bubonic plague reached the black sea in 1346 and italy in 1347. By 1348, the whole mediterranean basin was infected with the plague.

Hundred years war

1337 - 1453

A series of conflicts between england and france. After each conflict one empire or the other would tak land from the other. It went back and forth untill england was forced to become an island isolated empire.

Black Plague

1340 - 1600

The plague reached the black sea from china in 1340 were it spread to Italy then the rest of the mediterranean. Eventually most of europe was infected as well as parts of northern africa.

Yongle Encyclopedia


Yongle commissioned an encylopedia to be made of all chinese history, philosophy, and literature. it took up 23,000 manuscript rolls and was supposed to be printed but was not because of the enormus expense.

End of Zheng He's Voyages


Zheng He's voyages were brought to an end when A new emperor decided to end the expeditions because of the impending mongol attack.

Fall of Constantinople


Sultan Mehmed II captured and sacked constantinople. It was renamed to Istanbul and would remain so to this day.