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"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state
of civilization, it expects what never was and what never will be."1
If we as citizens of our great Nation do not know and remember
the lessons of our American History, we will surely loose this great Nation of ours.
Beginning with the American Revolution, all
of the hard work and sacrifice it has taken for our forefathers and ancestors to
establish and keep our country will be required to keep it into the future. The
lessons of the past are the foundation for our future. The Statue of Liberty
given to us by France, stands as a reminder to all of us that the hopes and
dreams of many are in our hands. We must pass on our
History to our children. Many cultures do this in the form of stories told by
mouth. Our American History began long before Columbus discovered
America or the signing of The Declaration of Independence. It started in
prehistoric times with the movement of nomadic tribes from Asia across the land
that once bridged The Bering Straits...
Timeline of American History2
|30,000 - 40,000 BC
||Nomadic tribes of woolly mammoth hunters cross the Bering
Strait land bridge to North America
|August 3, 1492
||Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain aboard the Santa Maria
accompanied by the Nina and the Pinta
|October 12, 1492
||Columbus discovers the Americas: San Salvador, more likely
Samana Cay in the Bahamas
||Ponce de Leon searching for "The Fountain of
Youth" reaches and names Florida
||De Soto explores Florida
||De Soto discovers Mississippi River; Coronado explores from
New Mexico across Texas, Oklahoma and eastern Kansas
||St. Augustine founded (razed by Francis Drake in 1586)
||Sir Walter Raleigh supports an expedition of colonists to
Roanoke Island on present-day North Carolina Outer Banks
||Sir Francis Drake finds Roanoke Island colonists hungry and
ready to return to England
||Raleigh sent another 107 men and women to help the Roanoke
Island colonists and they are nowhere to be found. To this day they have
been dubbed "The Lost Colony".
||The Virginia Company and The Plymouth Company given
permission to "colonize" Virginia (North America).
||Santa Fe, New Mexico, founded (some say 1609)
|December 20, 1606
||The ships: Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery; carrying
104 colonists depart England, arrive Chesapeake Bay 1607 and founded
||Henry Hudson set sail aboard the Half Moon looking for
"the northwest passage" to China, discovered the Hudson Bay,
River and Strait instead
||The starving time. Jamestown Settlement in "dire
straits": many dead, cannibalism etc.
||John Rolfe crosses Virginia Tobacco with a milder Jamaican
Leaf resulting in the cash crop tobacco as we know it today.
|November 11, 1620
|March 5, 1770
||The Boston Massacre: Crispus Attucks, former slave, first to
|December 16, 1773
||The Boston Tea Party
|April 18, 1775
||Paul Revere's Ride
|April 18, 1775
||"The shot heard round the world"; 8 Minutemen
killed by British troops at Lexington Massachusetts
|April 18, 1775 - February 3, 1783
||Revolutionary War: 6,188 Americans Wounded, 4,435
|July 4, 1776
of Independence is signed
|June 14, 1777
||The first Flag design adopted by
|September 17, 1787
||The Constitution is Ratified
|December 15, 1791
||The Bill of Rights is ratified
of Liberty is presented by the French People to the
American People; designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi.
1 Jefferson, Thomas. 1816.
2 Davis, Kenneth C. Don't Know Much About History. Avon Books.
1995. New York.
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