APUSH Timeline

15,000 BC - 1877

Main Events

Columbus lands at Bahama islands

1492

Papal decree divides New World between Spain & Portugal

1494

John Cabot sets English claim in North America

1497

First African slaves arrive in Spanish America

1502

Cortes conquers Aztec

1521

Pizarro conquers Incas

1532 - 1538

St Augustine founds Florida

1565

Lost Colony established on Roanoke Island

1587

Don Juan de Oñate establishes Spanish colony in New Mexico

1598

Jamestown founded

1607

French establish Quebec

1608

Pilgrims found Plymouth

1620

Dutch establish settlements in New York

1624

Puritans establish Massachusetts Bay Colony

1630

Roger Williams founds settlement in Rhode Island

1636

Anne Hutchinson expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony

1637

Population of New England begins to grow naturally

1650

Bacon's rebellion in Virginia

1676

Salem Witch trials begin

1692

Declaratory Act passed

1766

Stamp Act repealed

1766

Townshend duties imposed

1767

Boston Massacre

1770

Most Townshend duties repealed

1770

Committees of Correspondence established

1772

Boston Tea Party

1773

Tea Act passed

1773

First Continental Congress Meets

1774

Intolerable Acts Passed

1774

Battle of Bunker Hill

1775

Second Continental Congress meets

1775

Battles of Lexington and Concord

1775

First state constitutions written

1776

Battle of Trenton

1776

Declaration of Independence signed

1776

British troops leave Boston

1776

Common Sense published

1776

Burgoyne surrenders to Gates at Saratoga

1777

Washington camps at Valley Forge for winter

1777

Howe occupies Philadelphia

1777

Battles of Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown

1777

Articles of Confederation adopted

1777

British captures Savannah

1778

French-American alliance

1778

War shifts to South

1778

British troops leave Philadelphia

1778

Clinton replaces Howe

1778

British capture Charleston

1780

Massachusetts ratifies state constitution

1780

Articles of Confederation ratified

1781

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

1781

States cede western lands to Confederation

1781 - 1784

Treaty of Paris recognizes US independence

1783

First ordinances establish the procedures for settling western lands enacted

1784 - 1785

Confederation settles in New York

1785

Shay's Rebellion in Massachusetts

1786 - 1787

Annapolis Confederation meets

1786

Constitution adopted

1787

States ratify Constitution

1787 - 1788

Bill of Rights adopted

1789

Judiciary Act of 1789

1789

Samuel Slater builds textile mill in Rhode Island

1790

First Bank of the United States chartered

1791

Washington is reelected

1792

Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin

1793

Jay's treaty signed

1794

Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania

1794

Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason published

1794 - 1796

Pinckney's treaty signed

1795

Kentucky and Virginia resolutions passed

1798

Alien and Sedition Acts

1798

XYZ Affair

1798

Prosser's rebellion fails

1800

US capital moves to DC

1800

Jefferson and Burr tie vote in electoral college

1800

Judiciary Act of 1801

1801

Second Great Awakening

1801

John Marshall is appointed chief justice

1802

Power of Judicial Review in Marbury v. Madison

1803

Louisiana Purchase

1803

Aaron Burr kills Alexander Hamilton

1804

Lewis and Clark explore the Louisiana Purchase

1804 - 1806

Chesapeake-Leopard incident with Britain

1807

Fulton and Livingston launch first steamboat

1807

Embargo begins

1807

Economy plunges into depression

1808

Importation of slaves to US banned

1808

Tecumseh establishes Tribal Confederacy

1809

Non-Intercourse Act passed

1809

Embargo Act repealed

1809

US annexes West Florida

1810

Harrison wins Battle of Tippecanoe

1811

US declares war on Great Britain

1812

Lowell establishes textile factories

1813

Harrison defeats Great Britain and Tecumseh

1813

Perry defeats Great Britain at Put-In Bay

1813

US forces burn York (Great Britain's capital)

1813

Treaty of Ghent signed

1814

US wins battle Plattsburgh

1814

Francis Scott Key writes the "Star Spangled Banner"

1814

Great Britain captures Washington DC

1814

Jackson slaughters Indians at Battle of Horseshoe Bend

1814

Hartford Convention meets

1814

US signs treaties with tribes for Western lands

1815

Jackson wins battle of New Orleans

1815

Tariff protects American textile industry

1816

Second Bank of the United States is chartered

1816

States

Vermont becomes fourteenth state

1791

Kentucky becomes fifteenth state

1792

Tennessee becomes sixteenth state

1796

Louisiana becomes eighteenth state

1812

Indiana becomes nineteenth state

1816

Indiana becomes nineteenth state

1816

Mississippi becomes twentieth state

1817

Illinois becomes twenty first state

1818

Ohio becomes seventeenth state

1876

Presidents

George Washington

1789 - 1797

John Adams

1797 - 1801

Thomas Jefferson

1801 - 1809

James Madison

1809 - 1817

James Monroe

1816 - 1825