Colonial America Time Period

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Colonial America Time Period
The Colonial America Time Period covers the time in early American history from 1607 to 1776 during Colonial Times and the events leading up to the American Revolutionary War and the establishment of the constitution. During this period of Colonialism the colonists and settlers arrived from Europe looking for religious freedom, land and the opportunity for wealth. The newcomers were governed by the laws of the European homelands which inevitably led to dissension, anger and rebellion during the Colonial America Time Period and the creation of the new nation of the Unites States of America.

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline
We have compiled a comprehensive History Timeline for the Colonial America Time Period which provides a chronological list detailing laws in date order that were enforced, the rebellions that were sparked and the establishment of the 13 colonies. The Colonial America Time Period covers a time span of nearly 200 years. The Colonial America Time Period History Timeline is the fastest and easiest way to gain a full overview of the major events and people involved in the Colonial America Time Period and the change from colonies to states.

 

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Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline
The history timeline during the Colonial America Time Period is divided into the following timelines - just scroll down the page to the history timeline of interest and access to the articles on major events in the history of Colonial America, the War of Independence and the period of Post Colonialism:

 

Colonial America Time Period - History Timelines

Colonial America Time Period 1: 1607 to 1650 (Founding the first Colonies)
Colonial America Time Period 2: 1650 to 1696 (Trade & History of the first colonists)
Colonial America Time Period 3: 1702 to 1750 (French and Indian Wars)
Colonial America Time Period 4: 1750 to 1775 (The Road to Revolution)
Colonial America Time Period 5: 1775 to 1783 (The American Revolutionary War)
Colonial America Time Period 6: 1775 to 1799 (Post Colonialism)

Colonial America Time Period - History Timelines

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1607-1650
Discover interesting  information and facts about the history during the Colonial America Time Period. This History Timeline of Colonial America Time Period provides a list detailing key conflicts, events and dates of key events in the 1600's. A comprehensive list of the key events which were important to the Colonial America Time Period. For specific facts refer to the 13 Colonies Timeline. The first History Timeline covers the Colonial America Time Period from the Jamestown colonists in 1607 and the Pilgrim Fathers arriving at the Plymouth Settlement in the Mayflower, with the Mayflower Compact and the establishment of the first of the 13 English Colonies. All of the years and dates of these famous events are detailed in the History Timeline from 1607-1650 during this Colonial America Time Period.

Mayflower Ship in harbor

Mayflower Ship - Colonial America Time Period

 

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1607 to 1650
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1607-1650

1606April 10, 1606 King James I of England issued the 1606 First Virginia Charter which created the Virginia Company authorizing eight Englishmen to colonize "that part of America commonly called Virginia". This starts the Colonial America Time Period
 
 

1607The first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia
 
 

1609/10Period in Jamestown Colony history referred to as the Starving Time
 
 

1611The rule of Sir Thomas Dale and Good Order in Virginia
 
 

1612John Rolfe establishes a tobacco plantation on the James River about 30 miles (48 km) from the Jamestown Settlement
 
 

1614Violent confrontation between hundreds of English and Powhatan men on the Pamunkey River, Virginia
 
 

1618The Virginia Company of London ended monopoly on land ownership in America. The Headright System was set up by the London company in 1618 that gave 50 acres of land to colonists who paid their own way to Virginia, or paid the way for someone else
 
 

1619The first meeting of the House of Burgesses was held in Jamestown, Virginia, on July 30, 1619
 
 

1620The Mayflower ship transported 102 English Puritans and Separatists, the Pilgrim Fathers, from a site near the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, a long journey of 66 days
 
 

16201620 - The Pilgrims establish their own government, the basis of which was the Mayflower Compact, which they drafted on their journey to the New World on the Mayflower. The Plymouth Colony is established.
 
 

1620Massachusetts Bay Colony. John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges, the "Father of English Colonization in North America" received land in northern New England which became the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Colonial America Time Period.
 
 

16221622-1624 The Powhatan Wars, battles and conflicts in Virginia between colonists and American Native Indians
 
 

1623New Netherlands, which became New York, was settled by the Dutch refer to Peter Stuyvesant and Peter Minuit
 
 

16241624 Virginia was made a royal colony
 
 

1628Puritans formed the Massachusetts Bay Company and many Puritans continued to settle in the region
 
 

1630In the spring of 1630, John Winthrop led a fleet of 11 vessels and 700 passengers to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Great Migration of thousands of English people to the Americas that took place between 1620 and 1640. Many came as Indentured Servants
 
 

1634Maryland was settled - refer to Southern Colonies and George Calvert, Lord Baltimore
 
 

1636Connecticut was initially settled colonists, led by Thomas Hooker
 
 

1636Rhode Island was settled by Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson
 
 

1637The Pequot War - Native Indians of Connecticut and Rhode Island were defeated by the colonists
 
 

1638Delaware was settled initially by Peter Minuit.
 
 

1640The Quakers, or Society of Friends, was a Protestant sect founded in England whose members believed that salvation was available to all people
 
 

1640 1640 - 1701 The Beaver Wars, also known as the Iroquois Wars or the French and Iroquois Wars - see Iroquois Confederacy

 

1649The Toleration Act was passed in England allowing all Christians religious freedom.
 
 
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Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1607 to 1650

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1650 - 1699
Discover interesting information and facts about the history during the Colonial America Time Period and Trade in the Colonies including the establishment of Cash Crop Plantations and the policies of Mercantilism and Triangular Trade. This History Timeline of Colonial America Time Period provides a list detailing key conflicts, events and dates of key events in the 1600's. A comprehensive list of the key events which were important to the Colonial America Time Period. For specific facts refer to the 13 Colonies Timeline. This History Timeline covers the Colonial America Time Period providing the dates of religion in the colonies, the Great Migration, the Navigation Acts, the formation of New England, the Glorious Revolution, revolt in the colonies and the Salem Witchcraft Trials. All of the years and dates of these famous events are detailed in the History Timeline from 1607-1699 during this Colonial America Time Period.

Triangular Trade Route Map

Triangular Trade Route Map - Colonial America Time Period 

 

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1650 to 1699
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1650-1699

16511651 1660 1663 The Navigation Acts. The colonies represent a lucrative source of wealth and trade - see Mercantilism and Triangular Trade. Navigation Acts regulate colonial trade and enable England to collect duties (taxes) during the Colonial America Time Period. During this period Cash Crop Plantations and the Slave Plantations were established
 
 

1655 1655 - The Peach Tree War was a large scale attack by the Susquehannock Nation and allied Native Americans on New Netherlands settlements in New Amsterdam
 
 

1662King Charles II officially united Connecticut as a single colony
 
 

1663Carolina was settled. See the Lords Proprietors and the Charter of Carolina
 
 

1664New Jersey was settled
 
 

1673The Plantation Duty Act
 
 

1675The Lords of Trade are appointed in England to enforce the new mercantile system and maximize potential profits for England
 
 

16751675-l676 Bacon's Rebellion, War with Susquehannocks in Maryland and the Declaration of the People
 
 

16751675 - 1677 King Philip's War.
 
 

1679New Hampshire was settled
 
 

1677Culpeper’s Rebellion: Rebellion against the colonial government in Carolina in 1677 and the Navigation Acts led by John Culpeper. The rebellion succeeded in disposing the governor and placing Culpeper in his position, but he was removed in 1679
 
 

16801680-1692: The Pueblo Revolt was located in New Mexico and Arizona between the Pueblo Native Americans and the Spanish.
 
 

1682Quakers Settle in Pennsylvania founded by William Penn
 
 

1686Formation of New England - King James II combines the colonies of Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Plymouth, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, East Jersey and West Jersey into a single colony: The Dominion of New England.
 
 

1688King James II appoints Sir Edmund Andros to serve as Captain General and Governor in Chief of New England. Sir Edmund Andros causes dissension with the colonists as he does not have to answer to any elected assembly
 
 

16881688 - 1763 The French and Indian Wars between France and Great Britain for lands in North America
 
 

1688(1688-1699) King William's War (part of the French and Indian Wars) between France and the Wabanaki Confederacy and England and the Iroquois Confederacy.
 
 

1689Feb 13, 1689 The Glorious Revolution. The Protestant William III and Mary II officially replace the Catholic James II as monarchs of England. The English Bill of Rights enables Parliament to control laws and taxes during the Colonial America Time Period
 
 

1689Mar 1689 Glorious Revolution Sparks Revolt in the colonies. Boston militiamen seize Governor-in-Chief Andros and put him in jail. The New England colonies begin to re-establish governments. Jacob Leisler (1640-1691) was a German immigrant who led the insurrection against local colonial officials from 1689 to 1691 in colonial New York
 
 

1691Plymouth joined with the Massachusetts Bay Colony
 
 

1691Salem Witch Trials - Hysteria over witchcraft accusations consumes Salem Village, Massachusetts
 
 

16961696 Salutary Neglect. The British government establishes the Board of Trade to oversee colonial policies practicing a policy of "Salutary Neglect," in which it gives the colonies considerable freedom in economic matters.
 
 
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Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1650 to 1699
  

Colonial America - The Land of the Brave

  

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1700 - 1763
Colonial America Time Period was dominated by the French and Indian Wars and the British struggle for dominance in America in the British Colonies and the power struggles with the Spanish in America and the French in America. Discover interesting information and facts about the history during the Colonial America Time Period from 1700 to 1763. This History Timeline of Colonial America Time Period provides a list detailing key conflicts, events and dates of key events up to the British Victory in the French and Indian Wars and the 1763 Peace Treaty of Paris when France passed their lands in North America to Great Britain. A comprehensive list of the key events which were important to the Colonial America Time Period. This History Timeline covers the Colonial America Time Period from Queen Anne's War, the establishment of the remaining 13 colonies, the Great Awakening and the Treaty of Paris that ends the French and Indian Wars. All of the years and dates of these famous events are detailed in the History Timeline from 1700-1763 during this Colonial America Time Period of the French and Indian Wars and British dominance in this Colonial America Time Period.

French Indian War

French and Indian Wars - Colonial America Time Period

 

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1700 to 1763
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1700 - 1763

British Colonies
The Spanish in America
The French in America
 


1700Queen Anne ascends to the English throne
 
 

1702(1702-1713) Queen Anne's War (part of the French and Indian Wars)
 
 

1702New Jersey. The two parts of the colony of New Jersey were united into a royal colony until 1702.
 
 

1703Delaware. The Duke of York gained New Netherland and New Sweden which had been founded by Peter Minuit. He renamed the whole region as Delaware. This area became part of Pennsylvania until 1703 when Delaware created its own legislature
 
 

1704The Apalachee Massacre occurs in western Florida
 
 

17071707 The Union between England and Scotland created the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain' and the term British, as opposed to English, is then used in reference to the colonists in North America.
 
 

17111711-1713: The Tuscarora War in Northern Carolina. The Tuscarora tribe was defeated by James Moore and Yamasee warriors
 
 

1712The First French Fox War (1712–1716)
 
 

1713The Treaty of Utrecht ends Queen Anne's War.
 
 

1714George I ascends to the British throne
 
 

1715The Yamasee War - An Indian confederation came close to wiping out the white settlements in  Southern Carolina
 
 

1719The Maryland Legislature passed an “Act for the Encouragement of an Iron Manufacture within this Province”
 

1722Wabanaki-New England War of 1722–1725 aka Father Rale's War or Lovewell's War in Maine
 
 

1727George II ascends to the British throne
 
 

1728The Second Fox War (1728–1733), the Fox were reduced to 500 by French troops and Indian allies. The Fox tribe join the Sauk Tribe after defeat
 
 

17291729 Following the Natchez Wars of 1716, 1722 and 1723 the Natchez Rebellion (1729–1731) when Natchez Indians massacre 250 people at Fort Rosalie. 
 
 

1729 North Carolina and South Carolina became separate Royal Colonies.
 
 

17301730 The Great Awakening. The Great Awakening was an unorganized but widespread movement of evangelical Christian sermons and church meetings in the 1730s and 1740s
 
 

1732The Hat Act designed to control hat production by the American colonists in the 13 Colonies.
 
 

17321732 Debt Recovery Act - Declaring land and slaves to be the equivalent of property for the purpose of satisfying debts owed by colonists.
 
 

1733Navigation Act of 1733 - the Molasses Act - levied heavy taxes on sugar
 
 

17331733 - Georgia is settled. James Oglethorpe receives a charter to create a colony between South Carolina and Florida. Georgia became a royal colony in 1752.
 
 

1736The Chickasaw Wars (1736, 1739 and 1752) were fought between the Chickasaw allied with the British against the French and their allies the Choctaws and Illini.
 
 

1744(1744–1748) King George's War (part of the French and Indian Wars) between the French colonies allied with the Wabanaki Confederacy and the British colonies allied with Iroquois Confederacy
 
 

1749Father Le Loutre’s War (1749–1755), also known as the Indian War, the Míkmaq War and the Anglo-Míkmaq War
 
 

17501750 Iron Act - Restricts the manufacturing activities in the colonies
 
 

1754(1754-1763) French Indian War also known as the Seven Years War, (part of the French and Indian Wars)
 
 

1758The Anglo-Cherokee War (1758–1761) - The Cherokee uprising in present-day Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas.
 
 

1758King George III ascends to the throne
 
 

1763The Peace Treaty of Paris 1763 ends the French and Indian Wars. Canada, east of the Mississippi River, was added to the British empire.
 
 
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1763 - 1775
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1700 to 1763

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1763 - 1775
Colonial America Time Period covering the Road to Revolution. Discover interesting information and facts about the history during the Colonial America Time Period from 1763 to 1775. This History Timeline of Colonial America Time Period provides a list detailing key conflicts, events and dates of key events in this critical time in American History which details the Road to Revolution. A comprehensive list of the key events which were important to the Colonial America Time Period. The second History Timeline covers the Colonial America Time Period from the British dominance in America. Great Britain attempts in Reversing the Policy of Salutary Neglect to pay for war debts, tightening their control and imposing new taxes on goods including the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, the Sons of Liberty, the Townshend Acts, the Tea Act, the Boston Tea Party, the outbreak of the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence. All of the years and dates of these famous events are detailed in the History Timeline from 1763-1775 during this Colonial America Time Period.

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party - Colonial America Time Period

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1700 to 1775
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1763 - 1775

1763The Peace Treaty of Paris 1763 ends the French and Indian Wars. Canada, east of the Mississippi River, was added to the British empire. Great Britain attempts to Reverse the Policy of Salutary Neglect
 
 

1763Pontiac's Rebellion, aka the Pontiac War (1763–66), broke out in the Ohio River Valley. The Ottawa Chief Pontiac (1720-1769) to lead a rebellion of a number of tribes against the British
 
 

1763The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was issued October 7, 1763 bringing the introduction of the massive boundary, which was the Proclamation Line between the colonies and Indian Territories - refer to British Colonies in 1763
 
 

1764Sugar Act - Law passed by the British Parliament setting a tax on sugar and molasses imported into the colonies.
 
 

17651765 The Stamp Act of 1765 placed a stamp duty (tax) on legal papers, newspapers and pamphlets. Vehement opposition by the Colonies resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766
 
 

1765Quartering Act of 1765
 
 

1765The Sons of Liberty. The Sons of Liberty was an an organization (a secret society) formed by American Patriots who opposed British measures against the colonists, and agitated for resistance
 
 

17671767 Townshend Acts - Series of Laws passed by the British Parliament placing duties on items imported by the colonists including glass, lead, paints, paper and tea. The reaction from the colonists was so intense that Great Britain eventually repealed all the taxes except the one on tea.
 
 

1768August 1, 1768: Boston Nonimportation Agreement Merchants in Boston and New York boycott British goods until the Townshend Acts are repealed
 
 

1770March 5, 1770 The Boston Massacre:  British soldiers, who were quartered in the city, fired into a rioting mob killing five American civilians in the Boston Massacre
 
 

1772June 9, 1772: The HMS Gaspee runs aground and is looted by colonists
 
 

1772November 1772: Samuel Adams organized the first Committee of Correspondence at Boston, Massachusetts
 
 

1773May 10, 1773: Tea Act - Allowing the British East India Company to sell its low-cost tea directly to the colonies, undermining colonial tea merchants
 

1774December 16, 1774: The Boston Tea Party - Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians protested against the British Tea Act
 
 

1774Intolerable (Coercive) Acts: The Intolerable Acts also known as Coercive Acts were a were a reprisal to the Boston Tea Party rebellion. A package of five laws aimed at restoring authority in its colonies:
  • March 31, 1774: Boston Port Act
  • May 20, 1774: Massachusetts Government Act
  • May 20, 1774: Administration Justice Act
  • June 2, 1774: Quartering Act of 1774
  • June 22, 1774: Quebec Act 1774
 

1774September 5, 1774: The Continental Congress. Virginians Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Peyton Randolph invited delegations from all of the other colonies to meet in Philadelphia to debate the course of action in response to grievances of colonies against Great Britain.
 
 

1774The Continental Association was created by the Continental Congress in 1774 in response to the Coercive Acts, or 'Intolerable Acts'. The Articles of Association were were adopted on October 20, 1774.
 
 

1774The Continental Presidents - elected representatives of colonists  assembled in revolt against British rule.
 
 

1775March 23, 1775 - Patrick Henry delivered his passionate and  fiery speech "Give me liberty or give me death!"
 
 

1775The American Revolution (1775 - 1783) the Colonial America Time Period moves on to the War for Independence  - Revolutionary War Timeline, Revolutionary Battles Facts about the Revolutionary War and the Causes of the American Revolutionary War
 
 
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Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1750 to 1775

Sons of Liberty - Colonial America Time Period

 

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Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1775 - 1783
Colonial America Time Period of the Revolutionary War, the
American War for Independence. Discover interesting  information and facts about the history during the Colonial America Time Period from 1775 to 1783. This History Timeline of Colonial America Time Period provides a list detailing key battles, conflicts, events and dates of key events of the struggle for Independence and the American Revolutionary War. A comprehensive list of the key events which were important to the Colonial America Time Period. All of the years and dates of famous events are detailed in the History Timeline from 1775 -1783 during this Colonial America Time Period can be accessed via the following link:

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The Continental Army

The Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War - Colonial America Time Period

Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1783 - 1799
Colonial America Time Period covering Post Colonialism. Discover interesting  information and facts about the history during the Colonial America Time Period from 1783 to 1799. This History Timeline of Colonial America Time Period provides a list detailing key events and dates of key events of Post Colonialism. A comprehensive list of the key events which were important to the Colonial America Time Period. All of the years and dates of famous events are detailed in the History Timeline from 1783 -1799 during this Colonial America Time Period.

Declaration of Independence

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Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1783 to 1799
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1783 - 1799 Post Colonialism

1775The 13 Colonies asked Congress to adopt the American army refer to the Continental Army Congress, unexpectedly, became a governing body, and began to act as advisor to each of the colonies.
 
 

1775Congress, unexpectedly, became a governing body, and began to act as advisor to each of the 13 colonies.
 
 

1775The Second Continental Congress is established on May 10, 1775 and disbanded March 6, 1781
 
 

1776July 4, 1776: A document declaring the US to be independent of the British Crown was signed on July 4, 1776, by the congressional representatives of the 13 Colonies including the Founding Fathers. For additional info refer to 50 Facts about the Declaration of Independence
 
 

1776On May 15, 1776 Congress advised all the colonies to form governments for themselves and and by doing so turned themselves from British colonies into independent states - refer to the Change from Colonies to States
 
 

1776The newly formed states started to write their own State Constitutions
 
 

1776State Land Claims: The newly formed states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York and Georgia made claims for lands relinquished by the British.
 
 

1781The states without land claims made objections and refused to sign the Articles of Confederation these were settled in 1781
 
 

1781March 1 1781: The Articles of Confederation were effective from March 1, 1781 to March 4, 1789 and were the basis of the national government of the US during the American Revolutionary War.  
 
 

1781March 1 1781: The Second Continental Congress becomes the Congress of the Confederation
 
 

1784Northwest Ordinance: By 1784 the states claiming western territory had given their land to Congress. This vast possession of land stretched from the Lakes to the Ohio and from the Mississippi to Pennsylvania.
 
 

1784April 23, 1784: The Land Ordinance of 1784 called for the lands west of the Appalachian Mountains, north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River to be divided into ten separate states.
 
 

1785The Ordinance of 1785 provided a mechanism for selling and settling lands.
 
 

1785The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 addressed the provision of government in the new territories.
 
 

1789March 4, 1789: The Congress of the Confederation was disbanded on March 4, 1789 and the first session of the 1st United States Congress begins at Federal Hall
 
 

1789The Articles of Confederation was replaced by the US Constitution that went into effect in 1789.
 
 

1789April 30 1789: George Washington is inaugurated as first President of the United States

George Washington
 

 
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline 1775 - 1799
Colonial America Time Period - History Timeline - 1775 to 1799

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Colonial America Time Period - History Timelines

Colonial America Time Period 1: 1607 to 1650
Colonial America Time Period 2: 1650 to 1696
Colonial America Time Period 3: 1702 to 1750
Colonial America Time Period 4: 1750 to 1775
Colonial America Time Period 5: 1775 to 1783
Colonial America Time Period 6: 1775 to 1799

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