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Colonial America

    1001 Leif Ericson explores North America  
    1492 Christopher Columbus discovers America  
    1497 John Cabot claims North America for England  
    1501 :Amerigo Vespucci explores the coast of South America  
    1519 Ferdinand Magellan is the first to go around the world

Alonzo de Pineda explores gulf Coast of America
    1524 Giovanni Verrazano discovers New York Bay  
    1528 Panfilo de Narvaez conquers Cuba and explores Florida

Alvar Cabeza de Vaca explores Texas, Arizona and New Mexico
    1534 :Jacques Cartier explores the Great Lakes and the the St. Lawrence River  
    1539 Hernando de Soto explores south-eastern North America  
    1540 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado explores south-western North America

Discovery of the Grand Canyon by Garcia Lopez de Cardenas
    1541 Francisco Vásquez de Coronado explores Kansas  
    1542 Cabrillo explores and discovers the Californian coast

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers San Diego Bay, California
    1559 Tristan de Luna explores North America  
    1563 Francisco de Ibarra explores New Mexico  
    1576 Sir Martin Frobisher explores Baffin Bay and the Hudson Strait  
    1577 Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the world - December 13 1577 to September 26 1580  
    1584 Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe (both in the service of Sir Walter Raleigh) explore the coast of North Carolina  
    1585 March 25: Walter Raleigh receives the patent to explore and settle in North America

June: Walter Raleigh's fleet of seven vessels under Richard Grenville and Ralph Lane, with 108 men, reach Roanoke Island

June 4: Virginia colony of Roanoke Island established by Walter Raleigh
    1598 Juan de Archuleta explores Colorado  
    1607 Captain John Smith explorer and founder of Jamestown  
    1609 Henry Hudson explores North eastern North America including the Hudson River  
    1688 The Glorious Revolution in England leads to a constitutional monarchy and passing of the Bill of Rights  
    1763 February 10: Treaty of Paris ends French and Indian War (1754-1763). Canada east of the Mississippi River added to the British empire.

Pontiac's Rebellion against the British

October 7: The Proclamation of 1763 issued  by King George III after the end of the French and Indian War / Seven Years' War to organize the new North American empire and stabilize relations with Native Americans. No British settlements allowed west of the Appalachian mountains. Settlers already in these areas required to return east
    1764 February: James Otis urges a united response to the recent acts imposed by England. The phrase "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny" is usually attributed to James Otis

July: James Otis publishes "The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved."

August:  Boston merchants begin a boycott of British luxury goods
    1765 March 22: The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament. March 24: The Quartering Act required American colonists to house British troops and supply them with food.

July: The Sons of Liberty is formed - a secret organization opposed to the Stamp Act

December: Over 200 Boston merchants refuse to pay the Stamp Tax
    1766 1766 March 18. Stamp Act repealed

January: New York assembly refuses to fully enforce the Quartering Act.

August: Violence breaks out in New York between British soldiers and members of the Sons of Liberty.
    1768 July: Merchants in Boston and New York boycott British goods

September: English warships sail into Boston Harbor leaving two regiments of English troops to keep order.
    1770 March: "The Boston Massacre" - Four workers shot by British troops in Boston  
    1773 December 16: The Boston Tea Party - Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians protest against the British Tea Act by dumping crates of tea into Boston Harbor.  
    1774 March:  The Coercive Acts (called Intolerable Acts by Americans)  
    1775 February 9: English Parliament declares Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion

April 19 Shots fired at Lexington and Concord where weapons depot destroyed. "Minute Men" force British troops back to Boston. George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.

June 15: George Washington appointed general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army.

June 17:  Battle of Bunker Hill

July 6: Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms stating that Americans are "resolved to die free men rather than live as slaves."

The American Revolution, the American War of Independence, led by George Washington was fought between Great Britain and thirteen British colonies in North America, and ended in a global war between several European great powers.
    1776 May 2: The American revolution gains support  from King Louis XVI of France

1776 July 4. Thomas Jefferson presents the United States Declaration of Independence
    1777 November 15: Articles of Confederation - Congress is made sole authority of the new national government.  
    1778 February 6:  France signs a treaty of alliance with the United States and the American Revolution soon becomes a world war.

September 14: Benjamin Franklin appointed American representative in France.
    1779 September 27: John Adams is appointed to negotiate peace with England.  
    1780 September 23:  Plans discovered indicating Benedict Arnold intends to turn traitor and surrender West Point. Benedict Arnold joins the British  
    1781 October 17: American victory at Yorktown terms discussed for the British surrender.

October 19:  The British army surrenders at Yorktown - a devastating effect on the British
    1782 February 27: English Parliament votes against further war in America.

November 10: The final battle of the Revolutionary War when Americans retaliate by attacking a Shawnee village in Ohio

November 30: Preliminary peace treaty signed in Paris recognising American independence and the British withdrawal from America.
    1783 February 4: England officially declares an end to hostilities in America

September 3: The Treaty of Paris is signed by the United States and Great Britain
    1784 January 14: The Treaty of Paris is ratified by Congress and the American Revolutionary War officially ends  
    1789 First President of the US is George Washington 1789-1797

The first thirteen states were Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island

Judiciary Act of 1789
    1791 Bill of Rights ratified  
    1793 Fugitive Slave Act passed  
    1795 Vermont and Kentucky were admitted to the US  
    1794 Whiskey Rebellion  
    1797 Second President of the US is John Adams 1797-1801  
    1799 Logan Act  
    1800 Library of Congress founded  
    1801 Third President of the US is Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809  
    1803 Louisiana Purchase Treaty  
    1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark explore the Louisiana Territory  
    1805 Barbary Wars  
    1807 Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves  
    1808 U.S. slave trade with Africa ends  
    1809 Fourth President of the US is James Madison 1809-1817  
    1811 Battle of Tippecanoe  
    1812 War of 1812 begins  
    1814 Treaty of Fort Jackson ends Creek War  
    1817 Fifth President of the US is James Monroe 1817-1825

Harvard Law School founded
    1818 Jackson Purchase in Kentucky

1818 Five more states were admitted to the US - Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi
    1819 Adams-Onis Treaty, including acquisition of Florida

Illinois admission to the US
    1820 Alabama and Maine admission to the US  
    1822 Missouri admission to the US  
    1825 Sixth President of the US is John Quincy Adams 1825-1829  
    1829 Seventh President of the US is Andrew Jackson 1829-1837  
    1830 Indian Removal Act

Oregon Trail opens
    1831 Nat Turner's revolt  
    1832 Black Hawk War

Seminole War begins

Department of Indian Affairs established
    1835 Texas War for Independence begins  
    1836 Arkansas admission to the US  
    1837 Battle of the Alamo

Panic of 1837

Michigan admission to the US 
    1838 1838-1839: The Trail of Tears  
    1841 Ninth President of the US is William Henry Harrison 1841  
    1841 Tenth President of the US is John Tyler 1841-1845  
    1845 Eleventh President of the US is James Knox Polk 1845-1849

Texas admission to the US

Florida admission to the US
    1846 Mexican-American War begins and ends in 1848

Texas admission to the US

Oregon Treaty signed
    1847 Treaty of Cahuenga ends Mexican-American War

Iowa admission to the US
    1848 Gold discovered in California

Wisconsin admission to the US

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War
    1849 Twelfth President of the US is Zachary Taylor 1849-1850  
    1850 Thirteenth President of the US is Millard Fillmore 1850-1853  
    1851 California admission to the US  
    1853 Fourteenth President of the US is Franklin Pierce 1853-1857

Gadsden Purchase
    1856 Sack of Lawrence, Kansas

Pottawatomie Massacre
    1857 Fifteenth President of the US is James Buchanan 1857-1861  
    1858 Minnesota admission to the US  
    1859 Oregon admission to the US

Harper's Ferry Raid
    1860 Pony Express begins  
    1861 Sixteenth President of the US is Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865

Kansas admission to the US

Confederate States of America (the Confederacy) established under President Jefferson Davis

American Civil War begins at Fort Sumter. The American Civil War, also called the War between the States, was waged from April 1861 until April 1865. The four year war was between the federal government of the United States and 11 Southern states that asserted their right to secede (withdraw) from the Union. Abraham Lincoln was the central figure of the American Civil War.

First Battle of Bull Run
    1863 Battle of Gettysburg

West Virginia admission to the US
    1864 Sand Creek Massacre  
    1865 Abraham Lincoln assassinated

Seventeenth President of the US is Andrew Johnson 1865-1869

Nevada admission to the US

United States Civil War ends
    1866 Civil Rights Act of 1866

Ku Klux Klan founded
    1867 Nebraska admission to the US

Alaska Purchase from Russia
    1869 Eighteenth President of the US is Ulysses Simpson Grant 1869-1877  
    1871 Great Chicago Fire

Treaty of Washington with Great Britain regarding the Dominion of Canada
    1872 Yellowstone National Park established  
    1874 Red River Wars  
    1875 Civil Rights Act of 1875  
    1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn  
    1877 Nineteenth Rutherford Birchard Hayes 1877-1881

Colorado admission to the US

Nez Perce War
    1881 Twentieth President of the US is James Abram Garfield 1881  
    1881 Twenty - First President of the US is Chester Alan Arthur 1881-1885  
    1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and European Restriction Act  
    1885 Twenty-Second President of the US is Grover Cleveland 1885-1889

Washington monument completed
    1889 Twenty - Third President of the US is Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893  
    1890 North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Idaho admission to the US

Yosemite National Park created

Wounded Knee Massacre
    1891 Wyoming admission to the US  
    1893 Twenty - Fourth President of the US is Grover Cleveland 1893-1897  
    1896 Utah admission to the US

Gold discovered in the Yukon's Klondike
    1897 Twenty - Fifth President of the US is William McKinley 1897-1901  
    1898 Spanish-American War  
    1900 Boxer Rebellion in China  
    1901 Twenty - Sixth President of the US is Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909  
    1903 Ford Motor Company formed

1903 - First World Series
    1904 Panama Canal Zone acquired  
    1908 Oklahoma admission to the US

Ford Model T marketed

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)  established
    1909 Twenty - Seventh President of the US is William Howard Taft 1909-1913  
    1912 Arizona, Alaska and New Mexico admission to the US

Titanic sinks
    1913 Twenty - Eighth President of the US is Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921  
    1914 WW1 started 28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918  
    1915 The Birth of a Nation movie directed by D.W. Griffith opens  
    1917 US enters World War I

U.S. Virgin Islands purchased from Denmark
    1919 Treaty of Versailles  
    1920 First radio broadcast in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
    1921 Twenty- Ninth President of the US is Warren Gamaliel Harding 1921-1923  
    1923 Thirtieth President of the US is Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929  
    1924 Indian Reorganization Act  
    1927 Indian Reorganization Act

Charles Lindbergh makes first trans-Atlantic flight

The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson is the first "talkie" to be released
    1929 Thirty- First President of the US is Herbert Clark Hoover 1929-1933

St. Valentine's Day massacre

Immigration Act

Great Depression begins
    1931 Empire State Building opens  
    1932 Amelia Earhart flies across Atlantic Ocean  
    1933 Thirty - Second President of the US is Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1933-1945

Japan and Germany withdraw from League of Nations
    1934 Dust Bowl begins

Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act

John Dillinger killed

Indian Reorganization Act
    1935 Social Security Act  
    1936 London Conference on disarmament  
    1937 Hindenburg disaster  
    1939 Germany invades Poland; World War II begins  
    1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor

U.S. enters World War II
    1944  D-Day

Battle of the Bulge
    1945 Thirty - Third President of the US is Harry S. Truman 1945-1953

U.S. takes Okinawa

U.S. joins the United Nations

Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Germany and Japan surrender, ending World War II
    1946 The Cold War began between the United States and the Soviet Union  
    1946 Atomic Energy Act  
    1948 Nuremberg trials

Berlin Blockade
    1949 NATO formed

Germany divided into East and West
    1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy gains power and start Communist witch hunts (1950-1954)

Korean War begins
    1953 Thirty - Fourth President of the US is Dwight David Eisenhower 1953-1961

Armistice in Korea
    1954 SEATO alliance  
    1955 Warsaw Pact  
    1956 US installs Diem as leader of South Vietnam  
    1957 Civil Rights Act of 1957

Russians launch Sputnik
    1958 NASA formed  
    1959 Cuban Revolution  
    1960 Greensboro sit-in

Civil Rights Act of 1960

Hawaii, the last state was admitted giving the American flag 50 stars
    1961 Thirty - Fifth President of the US is John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1961-1963

Peace Corps

Vietnam War officially begins with 900 military advisors landing in Saigon

OPEC formed
    1962 Cuban Missile Crisis  
    1963 President J Kennedy assassinated

Thirty - Sixth President of the US is Lyndon Baines Johnson 1963-1969

March on Washington; Martin Luther King, Jr. "I have a dream" speech
    1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964  
    1965 Detroit race riot  
    1968 Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assassinated

Civil Rights Act of 1968
    1969 Thirty - Seventh President of the US is Richard Milhous Nixon 1969-1974


Neil Armstrong walks on the moon
    1970 Kent State shootings  
    1972 Watergate burglary

Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with USSR
    1973 Vietnam War ends with US pulling out in 1973

Watergate Scandal breaks in 1973

Skylab first space station launched
    1974 Richard Nixon resigns Presidency over Watergate

Thirty - Eighth President of the US is Gerald Rudolph Ford 1974-1977
    1977 Thirty - Ninth President of the US is Jimmy Carter 1977-1981  
    1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident

1979 - Iran hostage crisis begins
    1981 Fortieth President of the US is Ronald Wilson Reagan 1981-1989

Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley
    1986 Iran-Contra scandal breaks

Space Shuttle Challenger accident
    1990 Forty - First President of the US is George Herbert Walker Bush 1989-1993

Hubble Space Telescope placed in orbit

Iraq invades Kuwait leading to 1991 Gulf War
    1991 Gulf War  
    1992 Los Angeles riots

Hurricane Andrew causes devastation in Florida and Louisiana
    1993 Forty - Second President of the US is William Jefferson Clinton 1993-2001

World Trade Center bombing

Waco siege
    1995 Oklahoma City bombing  
    1999 President Clinton is acquitted in impeachment trial by U.S. Senate  
    2001 Forty - Third President of the US is George Walker Bush

September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon

Invasion of Afghanistan Operation "Enduring Freedom"
    2004 Occupation of Iraq, 2003-2004  
    2005 Hurricane Katrina  
    2009 Forty - Fourth President of the US is BarackObama  
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