1650 and earlier
1430 Portuguese start voyages down the west coast of Africa
1492 Columbus arrives in Western Hemisphere
1509-1547 Henry VII rules England
Protestant reformation begins in England
1558-1603 Reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Ireland conquered by England.
1607 Jamestown founded
1612 Tobacco made a profitable crop by John Rolfe
1619 First group of blacks brought to Virginia
First legislative assembly meets in Virginia
1620 First Pilgrims in Plymouth
1622 Indian attacks in Virginia end hopes of becoming a bi-racial society
1629 Great Puritan migration to Massachusetts Bay
1636 Harvard founded

1650 1750
1676 Bacon's Rebellion
1686 Creation of Dominion of New England
1688 Glorious Revolution in England
1700 250,000 settlers in English colonies
1704 First colonial newspaper
1720s Colonial economic life quickens
1739-1744 Great Awakening
1756-1763 French and Indian War

1750 1775
1763 Proclamation Line established
1763-1764 Pontiac's Rebellion
1764-1765 Sugar Act and Stamp Act Controversies
1766 Declaratory Act
1767 Townshend Act, New York Assembly suspended
1770 Boston Massacre
1772 Committees of Correspondence formed
1773 Boston Tea Party
1774 Coercive Acts, First Continental Congress convenes
1775 Revolution begins with fighting at Lexington and Concord

1775 1800
1776 Declaration of Independence
1777 British defeated at Saratoga
1778 French join the war against the British
1781 Battle of Yorktown
Articles of Confederation ratified
1783 Peace signed in Paris
1784-1787 Northwest Ordinance of 1784, 1785, and 1787
1786 Annapolis Convention
1787 Shays' Rebellion
Constitutional Convention
1788 Federalist Papers written
Constitution ratified
1789 George Washington inaugurated as President of the United States
French Revolution begins
1790 Capital placed on the Potomac River
1793 Citizen Genet
1794 Whiskey Rebellion
Indians defeated at Fallen Timbers
1795 Jay Treaty, Pinckney Treaty
1798 Un-declared war

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