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]

  • c. 27,000–12,000 years ago – Humans cross the Beringia land bridge into North and then South America. Dates of earliest migration to the Americas is highly debated.
  • c. 15,500 year old arrowhead; oldest verified arrowhead in the Americas, found in Texas. [1]
  • c. 11,500 BCE – Start of Clovis Culture in North America.
  • c. 10,200 BCE – Cooper Bison skull is painted with a red zigzag in present-day Oklahoma, becoming the oldest known painted object in North America.
  • c. 9500 BC – Cordilleran and Laurentide Ice Sheets retreat enough to open a habitable ice-free corridor through the northern half of the continent (North America) along the eastern flank of the Rocky Mountains.
  • c. 1000 BCE-1000 CEWoodland Period of Pre-Columbian Native Americans in Eastern America.
  • 200 CE – Pyramid of the Sun built near modern day Mexico City.
  • 250–900 CE – Classic Period of the Maya Civilization
  • 600 CE – Emergence of Mississippian culture in North America.

988–1490[edit]

1492–1499[edit]

Christopher Columbus landing in the New World.

1500–1599[edit]

1600–1699[edit]

1600s[edit]

1610s[edit]

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]

1690s[edit]

1700–1759[edit]

1700s[edit]

1710s[edit]

1720s[edit]

1730s[edit]

1740s[edit]

1750s[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Birgitta Wallace, "The Norse in Newfoundland: L'Anse aux Meadows and Vinland." Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 19.1 (2005). online
  3. ^ "Hopi Places". Cline Library, Northern Arizona University.
  4. ^ Casey, Robert L. Journey to the High Southwest. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2007: 382. ISBN 978-0-7627-4064-2.