History Timeline

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Columbus discovers the New World

1492

Jamestown is settled

1607

Starving time at Jamestown

1609

First Africans at Jamestown

1619

First meeting of House of Burgesses

1619

Mayflower Compact

1620

Pilgrims land at Plymouth

1620

Anglo-Powhatan Wars

1622 - 1644

Virginia becomes a royal colony

1624

The Great Migration

1630 - 1640

Salem Witch Trials

1692

Williamsburg is the capital of Virginia

1699 - 1780

Great Awakening

1730 - 1740

French and Indian War

1754 - 1763

Proclamation of 1763

1763

Stamp Act

1765

Boston Massacre

1770

Boston Tea Party

1773

First Continental Congress

1774

Intolerable Acts

1774

Battles of Lexington and Concord

1775

Bunker Hill

1775

Olive Branch Petition

1775

Patrick Henry's Speech

1775

"Give me Liberty or give me Death"

Battle of Trenton

1776

Declaration of Independence

1776

Battle of Saratoga

1777

The French aid the Colonies

1778

Battle of Yorktown

1781

Articles of Confederation

1781 - 1789

Treaty of Paris (ends the Revolutionary War)

1783