Important Events In America

Main

Christopher Columbus lands on Caribbean island that he names San Salvador.

1492

Virginia Company receives royal charter.

1606

John Rolfe begins to plant tobacco in Virginia.

1612

Plymouth colony is founded.

1620

Virginia becomes royal colony.

1624

John Winthrop leads Puritan settlers to Massachusetts Bay.

1630

Slave labor system emerges in Carolina and Chesapeake colonies.

1670

Great Awakening

1730 - 1760

Benjamin Franklin begins publication of Poor Richard’s Almanack.

1733

French and Indian War

1753 - 1765

Seven Years’ War begins

1754

Declaratory Act

1765

Stamp Act

1765

Boston Tea Party

1773

Tea Act

1773

Coercive Acts

1774

American Revoultionary War

1775 - 1783

Lexington & Concord

April 1775

Valley Forge

1777 - 1778

Articles of Confederation ratified

1783

Treaty of Paris

1783

U.S. Constitution signed

September 17, 1787

Republican Asendency

1790 - 1820

Louisiana Purchase

1803

Industrialization

1820 - 1840