1700s "Michael Row the Boat Ashore

1701 Pennsylvania Frame of Government guarantees religious freedom through the "Charter of Privileges"

1701 Yale College founded

1702 East and West New Jersey joined





1711-15 Tuscarora Indian War

1712 Carolina divided into two colonies


1717 It takes one month for a letter to travel from Boston to Williamsburg, two months in the winter

1717 Remaining Tuscarora Indians placed on Reservation

1718 New Orleans founded




1729-1757 Jonathan Edwards' ministry


Great Awakening begins

1732 Georgia settled


Zenger Trial establishes freedom of press


George Whitfield's preaching tours

English settlers and traders move into Ohio River Valley




1752 Britain and the British colonies switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar

1752 Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment

1753 Benjamin Franklin named deputy postmaster general of colonies

1754 Fort Duquesne built

1754 French & Indian War begins


1759 British take Quebec


1763 Pontiac's War

1763 Treaty of Paris

1764 Sugar Act


1765 The Stamp Act

1765 Quartering Act

1766 "The Old Woman Taught Wisdom"

Pontiac's War Treaty

Congress repeals Stamp Act

1767 "Address to the Ladies"

John Dickinson's Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania

Townshend Acts

1768 "The Liberty Song"  

"Yankee Doodle"

"Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier"

1770 Boston Massacre

1773 Tea Act

1773 Boston Tea Party


"As Near Beauteous Boston Lying" or "Ballad of the Tea Party"

"Free America"

1774 The Intolerable Acts

1774 Quebec Act

1774 First Continental Congress



Revolutionary War Begins

Battle of Lexington and Concord

Paul Revere's ride

2nd Continental Congress

Battle of Bunker Hill

1776 Declaration of Independence

1776 Battle of Trenton

1776 Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

1777 Battles of Princeton and Saratoga

1777 Alliance with France

1777 Battle of Brandywine

1777 Articles of Confederation written



"The Rebels"

1779 General Benedict Arnold begins bargaining with the British

1779 John Paul Jones' victory

1780 "Wayfaring Stranger"

1781 Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

1781 Battle of Cowpens

1781 Articles of Confederation ratified

1783 Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire have outlawed slavery

1783 Treaty of Paris


1786 Shay's Rebellion

1787 Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia

1787 Northwest Ordinance

1787 Delaware is the first state to ratify the Constitution; New Jersey and Pennsylvania soon follow

1788 Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, & Virginia become states (1788)

New government begins: April 30, 1789 Washington inaugurated in NYC

1789 Judiciary Act (1789)

1789 The first Congress passes a series of amendments (1789)

1789 North Carolina statehood


1790 Rhode Island statehood

1791 Bill of Rights ratification complete

1791 Vermont statehood

1791 Bank of United States

1792 "The Desponding Negro"

Lancaster Turnpike built

Kentucky statehood

1793 cotton gin invented

1793 Neutrality Proclamation

1794 Whiskey Rebellion

1795 "Rights of a Woman"

Treaty of Greenville

Jay's Treaty ratified

1796 Tennessee statehood

1797 U.S.S. Constitution

1797 XYZ Affair

1797 John Adams becomes President of the United States

1798 "The President's March" and "Hail Columbia"

Alien & Sedition Acts

Kentucky & Virginia Resolutions

1801 "Jefferson and Liberty"  
1802 "Rolling Stone"  


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