1450-1650

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Voyage of Columbus

1429

Columbus sailed and came to the Bahamas were he named the people indians.

Cortes enters Mexico

1519

from Spain

Smallpox epidemic

1520 - 1530

epidemic devastates Native-American populations in many parts of south and central America, virtually wiping out some tribes and allowing for colonists to take over far easier.

Explore St. Lawrence River

1534 - 1535

French Adventurers explore the St. Lawrence River and name it

Spanish in US

1541 - 1542

Spanish Explorers travel though southwestern US

Jamestown

1607

English Settle in Jamestown. Puritans trying to find a "purer" state.

House of Burgesses

1619

Virginia established the first colonial legislature

Plymouth

1620

Plymouth colony founded. John Winthrop wanted to create the new society for the puritans as a city on a hill.

Rhode Island

1636

Roger Williams expelled from Massachusetts Bay colony and settles in Providence. Wanted a separation of church and state

Connecticut

1636

Connecticut founded by John Hooker

Montreal

1642

City of Montreal Founded by the French in Canada.