Arrives in the Caribbean. Explores Cuba, Haiti.
Hernando de Soto
Discovers the Mississippi River.
First permanent British settlement in No. Am. Colonized for gold. Had success with tobacco.
John Smith, Pocohantas, Powhaten, John Rolfe
The Starving Time
Pilgrims arrive from England via Mayflower.
Colonized for religious freedom.
Mayflower Compact, William Bradford
French and Indian War
French and NA vs. British and colonists.
Treaty of Paris ends the war.
Sugar and Stamp Acts
Br. Parliament imposes and colonists protest.
Taxation without representation.
Stamp Act Congress
Colonial mob attacks British troops (8).
Paul Revere's engraving printed.
Tea Act, Tea Party, Intolerable Acts
Br. Parliament repeals all but Tea Tax.
Colonists respond with tea in Boston Harbor.
Br.Parliament responds with (Coercive Acts).
First Continental Congress
Lexington and Concord (MA)
Revolutionary War begins as regulars march to seize weapons cache that has been moved.
Second Continental Congress
Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson writes the draft.
Delegates of the 2nd CC sign on July 4th.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
Articles of Confederation
Written at 3rd CC.
Approved by all states.
Treaty of Paris
Britain recognizes American independence.
55 men gather to write it. 9 states ratify it.
We're the USA.
First President George Washington
Bill of Rights
Ratified by states.
3rd pres. Jefferson buys territory from France.
Lewis and Clark sent to explore.
War of 1812
War with Britain. Again.
Impressment, burning of WH, Dolley Madison
Missouri enters as a slave state.
Slavery forbidden north of 36*30' latitude.
Establishes US domination in the Western Hemisphere in the Era of Good Feelings.
US expands to the Pacific coast.
Gold discovered in CA.
16th President Abraham Lincoln
Southern states begin to secede from the Union.
The North battles the South to preserve the Union.
Lincoln frees slaves in the seceded states.
13th, 14th, 15th Amendments
Congress abolishes slavery and gives rights to African Americans.
Andrew Johnson Impeachment
House votes to impeach, but Senate acquits 17th president.
Completed in Utah.
Chinese Exclusion Act
Congress passes anti-immigration legislation.
Panic of 1893
US economic depression.
Plessy v. Ferguson
Supreme Court rules on segregation:
Separate but Equal.
US wins Guam and Puerto Rico and the rights to buy the Philippines.
World War I
US enters the war in 1917.
18th & 19th Amendments
Prohibition goes into effect.
Women win the right to vote.
US Stock Market Crashes
Great Depression begins.
Black Tuesday, Dust Bowl, migration, Hoovervilles
FDR's bid to revive US economy.
Congress responds to imminent war in Europe.
Japan bombs the US naval base at Hawaii.
US enters WWII
US confines anyone of Japanese descent.
End of World War II
Germany surrenders to the Allies. US drops bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end war in Pacific. United Nations charter adopted.
Manhattan Project, NM
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
US and 11 other nations form a military alliance.
US sends troops to Korea as the Cold War escalates.
Soviets, USSR (CCCP), reds
Brown v. Board of Education
Supreme Court rules segregated schools are unconstitutional, overturning Plessy v. Ferguson.
Rosa Parks / Bus Boycott
Arrested for refusing to vacate bus seat for a white man. Boycott in Montgomery, AL. Supreme Court says segregated public transportation unconstitutional.
Bay of Pigs / Cuban Missile Crisis
US forces invade Cuba.
Near-nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union.
March on Washington / JFK Assassinated
MLK Jr. leads march for civil rights legislation. President JFK is shot in Dallas, TX.
Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby
Civil Rights Act / Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Congress passes CR Act.
Approves escalation of troops in Vietnam.
Voting Rights Act
Passed by Congress.
Tet Offensive / MLK Jr. Assassinated
Viet Cong activity increases anti-war sentiment.
MLK Jr. shot in Memphis, TN.
US troops vacate Vietnam.
Richard Nixon Impeachment
Congress brings charges against Nixon.
Camp David Peace Accords
President Jimmy Carter negotiates a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat
Exposed: President Reagan's administration secretly defied Congress and provided arms to Iran for cash to help Nicaraguan rebels.
Berlin Wall Dismantled
Cold War ends.
Persian Gulf War
US forces Iraq out of Kuwait.
Bill Clinton Impeachment
House impeaches 42nd president.
Senate defeats it.
Presidential Election: Florida Recount
Al Gore contests George W. Bush's victory and asks for recount. Supreme Court rules this would be unconstitutional.
9/11 and the War on Terror
Muslim terrorists hijack 4 commercial airplanes. 2 are flown into the World Trade Center, 1 hits the Pentagon, and 1 crashes in a Pennsylvania field.
US invades Afghanistan.
Al-Qaeda, Todd Beamer, Let's roll
US enters into war against Iraq.