Timeline of pre–United States history

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This section of the timeline of United States history concerns events from before the lead up to the American Revolution (c. 1760).

Antiquity[edit]

1400–1499[edit]

Christopher Columbus landing in the New World.


Christopher Columbus, financed by Spain, makes the first voyages to the New World. He lands in the Bahamas. (Oct. 12)

1500–1599[edit]

1600–1699[edit]

1600s[edit]

1610s[edit]

  • 1614 - Dutch claim New Netherland.
  • 1619 - Slavery introduced to the Colony of Virginia.

1620s[edit]

The Mayflower in Plymouth.

1630s[edit]

Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, the founder of Maryland

1640s[edit]

1650s[edit]

1660s[edit]

New Amsterdam is captured by the English

1670s[edit]

1680s[edit]

William Penn signing a treaty with the Native Americans of Pennsylvania
A 19th century illustration of the Salem Witch Trials

1690s[edit]

Rev. Jonathan Edwards, a leader of the Great Awakening, is still remembered for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."

1700–1759[edit]

See Timeline of the American Revolution for events starting from 1760.

1700s[edit]

1710s[edit]

1720s[edit]

1730s[edit]

August 4, 1735 Verdict rendered in the New York City trial of John Peter Zenger

1740s[edit]

1750s[edit]

See also[edit]