The Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan

Timeline

Timeline of Events Leading to the Revolution — From the First Settlements to the Declaration of Independence

Colonies & Settlements

1585
First English colony founded by Sir Walter Raleigh — Roanoke Island (North Carolina)
1587
Roanoke colony mysteriously disappears
1607
English settle at Jamestown, VA — First charter of Virginia Company
1620
British Pilgrims arrive at Plymouth, MA on the Mayflower
1624
New Netherlands founded by Dutch West India Company
1631
First settlements in Delaware at Lewes by the Dutch
1634
Maryland founded by George Calvert (Lord Baltimore)
1636
Roger Williams founds Providence, Rhode Island
1639
New Hampshire founded by John Wheelright
1664
Duke of York, King Charles II brother, gains control of Dutch lands, makes grant to found New Jersey
1664
Colony of Connecticut charted by England, combining Connecticut and Rhode Island
1670
Charlestown (South Carolina) founded
1674
British reclaim New York from Dutch
1681
William Penn receives land from Charles II, claims Pennsylvania in 1683
1682
Delaware becomes part of Pennsylvania
1692
New Hampshire separated from Massachusetts
1704
Delaware granted its own assembly
1729
Carolinas separated into North and South
1732
Georgia settled by James Oglethorpe
1776
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Key Events

1651
First Navigation Acts passed by British Parliament
1754-1763
The French and Indian War
1763
The Proclamation of 1763
1764
The Sugar Act
1764
The Currency Act
1765
The Stamp Act
1765
The Quartering Act
1766
The Declaratory Act
1766
The Townsend Revenue Acts
1770
The Boston Massacre
1773
The Tea Act
1773
The Boston Tea Party
1774
The Coercive Acts
1774
The Massachusetts Government Act
1774
The First Continental Congress
1775
Lexington and Concord — The first fighting
1775
Battle of Bunker Hill

Origination of Slavery

1619
First slaves in the colonies — arrive on Dutch ship in Virginia
1638
First public slave action in the colonies — in Jamestown Virginia
1641
Massachusetts gives first legal recognition to slavery in the colonies
1643
Slavery legalized in New England as part of the New England Confederation
1661
Virginia becomes the first southern colony to legally establish slavery
1668
First abolitionist movement started by the Quakers in Pennsylvania
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