Pre-Columbian-1789

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Columbus discovers America

1492

Founding of Jamestown

May 14, 1607

Establishment of the House of Bugesses

July 30, 1617

First slaves arrive in Virginia

1619

Founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony

1630

1st Public School in Boston

1635

Roger Williams kicked out of Massachusetts- founds Rhode Island

1636

Establishment of Harvard University

1636

English Seize New Amsterdam from the Dutch- renamed New York

1664

Bacon's Rebellion

1676

Virginia Slave Codes of 1705

1705

First Great Awakening

1730 - 1743

Birth of Thomas Jefferson

April 13, 1743

Seven Years War(French and Indian War)

1756 - 1763

Tax Act

1765

Boston Massacre

1770

Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

Coercive Acts(Intolerable Acts)

1774

Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

Patrick Henry "Give me liberty or give me death"

March 23, 1775

Second Continental Congress

May 10, 1775

Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" published

1776

Adoption of the Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

Shay's Rebellion

August 29, 1786 - february 4, 1787

Northwest Ordinance of 1787

July 13, 1787