Columbus discovers america
Voyage of John Cabot
St. Augustine founded
Colony of Roanoke founded; vanishes within the next three years
Establishment of Jamestown (Virginia)
House of Burgesses created
Signing of the Mayflower Compact; establishment of Plymouth colony
Great Puritan Migration
ROger Williams baished to what becomes Rhode Island
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
Formation of the New England Confederation
Passage of Maryland Toleration Act
Passage of the Navigation Acts
British take New Amsterdam from the Dutch; rename colony New York
Bacon's REbellion in Virginia
Beginning of Pennsylvania colony
Salem Witch Trials
Establishment of Board of Trade to oversee and regulate colonial trade
Establishment of Georgia colony
Trial of John Peter Zenger
Italian navigator who discovered the New World in the service of Spain while looking for a route to China (1451-1506)
The Italian sailor who corrected Columbus's mistake, acknowledging the coasts of America as a new world. America is named after him
Ponce de Leon
Explored Florida looking for the Fountain of Youth
French explorer who explored the St. Lawrence river and laid claim to the region for France (1491-1557)
samuel de Champlain
French explorer in Nova Scotia who established a settlement on the site of modern Quebec (1567-1635)
Robert de LaSalle
First European to sail down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. Claimed areas such as the Mississippi, St. Lawrence, and Ohio Rivers. Also explored the Great Lakes.
English navigator who discovered the Hudson River
Italian-born navigator explored the coast of New England, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Gave England a claim in North America.
An English explorer and the half-brother of Walter Raleigh, he spearheaded England's efforts to colonize Newfoundland. Sadly, before he could accomplish this, he lost his life while at sea in 1583
English courtier (a favorite of Elizabeth I) who tried to colonize Virginia
Main promoter of colonization by England in the New World. Reasons included surplus of English labor and thwarting Spain.
English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia
He was one of the English settlers at Jamestown (and he married Pocahontas). He discovered how to successfully grow tobacco in Virginia and cure it for export, which made Virginia an economically successful colony.
a Powhatan woman (the daughter of Powhatan) who befriended the English at Jamestown and is said to have saved Captain John Smith's life (1595-1617)
United States printer (born in England) whose press produced the first American prayer book and the New York City's first newspaper (1663-1752)
English colonist in America, English army captain at Plymouth who helped defend the Pilgrim colony.
1588-1649 First governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.
minister, part of Puritan New England important families, a sholar, one of first americans to pemote vaccination of smallpox when it was believed to be dangerous, strongly believed on witches, encouraged witch trials in salem
English clergyman and colonist who was expelled from Massachusetts for criticizing Puritanism
American colonist (born in England) who was banished from Boston for her religious views (1591-1643)
title was Lord Baltimore; founded Maryland as a haven for Catholics
The governor of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, hated by the colonists. They surrendered the colony to the English on Sept. 8, 1664.
Englishman and Quaker who founded the colony of Pennsylvania (1644-1718)
Founder of Georgia colony for english debtors
Planter who led a rebellion in 1676 against the governor of the Virginia Colony
He was the royal governor of the Dominion of New England. Colonists resented his enforcement of the Navigation Acts and the attempt to abolish the colonial assembly.
John Peter Zenger
Journalist who questioned the policies of the governor of New York in the 1700's. He was jailed; he sued, and this court case was the basis for our freedom of speech and press. He was found not guilty.
Defense attorney in the Zenger case who made the first step toward freedom of the press
an american theologian and congregational clergyman whose sermons stirred the religious revival called the GREAT AWAKENING known for siners in the hands of an angry god sermon
Credited with starting the Great Awakening, also a leader of the "New Lights."
An Anglo-American self-taught painter of historical scenes around and after the time of the American Revolution, also painted the royal family of King George III and co-founded the Royal Academy of Arts
American painter who did portraits of Paul Revere and John Hancock before fleeing to England to avoid the American Revolution (1738-1815)
Printer, author, inventor, diplomat, statesman, and Founding Father. One of the few Americans who was highly respected in Europe, primarily due to his discoveries in the field of electricity.
female poet in colonial America (born in England) (1612-1672)
American poet (born in Africa) who was the first recognized Black writer in America (1753-1784)