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Timeline of important events in american history


Jamestown the first permanent english settlement in america, est. by the London Company in virginia .


Plymouth colony piligrims land in massachusetts. Before leaving the mayflower ship 41 men sign the Mayflower compact est. goverment.


French and Indian War: Final conflict in the ongoing struggle b/w the british and French for control of eastern N.America. The british win a decisive victory over the french outside quebec (Sept. 13, 1759) and by the Treaty of Paris(signed Feb. 10, 1763), formally gain control of canada and all the french possessions east of the mississppi.


Boston Massacre: British troops fire into a mob , killing five men and leading to intense public protests


American Revolution: War of independence fought between Great Britain and the 13 British colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America. Battles of lexington and concord, Mass., between the british Army and colonial minutemen, mark the beginging of the war (April 19, 1775). Battle-weary and destitute Continental army spends brutally cold winter and following spring at Valley Forge, Pa. (Dec. 19, 1777-June 19, 1778).British general charles Cornwallis surrenders to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va (Oct. 19, 1781). Great Britian Formally acknowledges American independence in the Treaty of Paris, which offically brings the war to a close(Sept. 3, 1783).


Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia (July 4)


Battle of Saratoga. Significance: American victory convinces the french to become their ally.


Constitutional Convention, made up of delegates from 12 of the original 13 colonies, meets in philadelphia to draft the US Constitution (May-Sept.).


Thomas Jefferson is inaugurated as the third president in Washington, DC (March 4). Significance: This is called the " Peaceful Revolution" because the federalists gave up power after losing the election of 1800.


Marbury v. Madison supreme court decision can decide congressional acts as unconstitutional


War of 1812 US declares war of britian


Era of good feelings peace among the colonies


Missouri Compromise maine is admitted as a free state so missouri can become a slave state


Antebellum Period conflict b/w north and south


Mexican War US declares war on mexico to gain california and other territories.


California was added as a state western and slave trade was banned in washington DC


Congress passes the Nebraska act

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