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Timeline of American History

"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
1513 Ponce de Leon searching for "The Fountain of Youth" reaches and names Florida
1539 De Soto explores Florida
1541 De Soto discovers Mississippi River; Coronado explores from New Mexico across Texas, Oklahoma and eastern Kansas
1565 St. Augustine founded (razed by Francis Drake in 1586)
1585 Sir Walter Raleigh supports an expedition of colonists to Roanoke Island on present-day North Carolina Outer Banks
1586 Sir Francis Drake finds Roanoke Island colonists hungry and ready to return to England
1587 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".
1605 The Virginia Company and The Plymouth Company given permission to "colonize" Virginia (North America).
1605 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 Jamestown.
1609 Henry Hudson set sail aboard the Half Moon looking for "the northwest passage" to China, discovered the Hudson Bay, River and Strait instead
1609-1610 The starving time. Jamestown Settlement in "dire straits": many dead, cannibalism etc.
1612 John Rolfe crosses Virginia Tobacco with a milder Jamaican Leaf resulting in the cash crop tobacco as we know it today.
November 11, 1620 The Mayflower Compact
March 5, 1770 The Boston Massacre: Crispus Attucks, former slave, first to be killed
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 Americans Killed
July 4, 1776 The Declaration of Independence is signed
June 14, 1777 The first Flag design adopted by Congress
September 17, 1787 The Constitution is Ratified
December 15, 1791 The Bill of Rights is ratified
1886 The Statue 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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