By Tim Lambert
1585 Walter Raleigh attempts to fund a colony in Virginia. An expedition is led by Richard Grenville.
1586 The colony is abandoned
1587 John White leads another attempt to establish a colony in Virginia. However the colonists mysteriously disappear.
1607 The Virginia Company founds a colony at Jamestown.
1612 John Rolfe begins growing tobacco in Virginia
1619 The first representative government in North America is created when the House of Burgesses meets.
1620 Fleeing religious persecution a group of settlers lands in New England
1623 The first settlers land in New Hampshire
1624 The Dutch found a colony they call New Netherland
1634 Maryland is founded as a haven for Catholics (though not all settlers are Catholic)
1636 The first settlers land in Rhode Island
1637-38 The Pequot War ends in destruction of Pequot tribe
1638 The Swedes found a colony at Fort Christina. (Present day Wilmington).
1647 Alice Young from Windsor, Connecticut is hanged for witchcraft. She is the first person in America to be executed for witchcraft.
1655 The Dutch capture the Swedish colony and make it part of New Netherland
1660 The first navigation act states that certain goods from the colonies can only be exported to England or to other colonies, not to foreign countries
A new colony is founded in the Carolinas. (Originally North and South Carolina were one colony).
The first settlers arrive in New Jersey.
1664 The British capture New Netherland from the Dutch and rename it New York.
1670 The first settlers arrive in what is now South Carolina
1670, 1673 Further navigation acts are passed
New Hampshire is made a colony in its won right, separate from Massachusetts.
A Frenchman, De la Salle explores the Great Lakes.
1681 A Quaker named William Penn founds Pennsylvania
1682 Penn founds Philadelphia.
De la Salle claims Louisiana for France.
1692 A witch hunt takes place in
1700 The population of the North American colonies is around 300, 000
North and South Carolina are separated.
Yale College is founded.
The French found Detroit.
1704 Delaware is permitted its own assembly
1706 In Virginia Grace Sherwood is convicted of witchcraft and jailed for 8 years
1718 The French found
1732 Georgia is founded
Benjamin Franklin invents a type of stove.
Coal is discovered in West Virginia.
1746 Princeton is founded
1750 Thomas Walker discovers the Cumberland Gap
1752 invents the lightning conductor
1756-1763 The Seven Years War between Britain and France. Britain takes Canada
1760 The population of the North American colonies has risen to about 1 million
1763 A royal proclamation called the Great Proclamation bans any further westward advancement. (The British hope to avoid expensive wars with the natives).