Most Important Dates in American History

 1750-1877

 

Date

Event

1750

French in the Ohio Valley

1754-1763

French and Indian War

1763

Treaty of Paris

1763

Proclamation of 1763

1763

Pontiac’s War

1764

Sugar Act

1765

Stamp Act

1767

Townsend Acts

1767

Daniel Boone explores Kentucky

1770

Boston Massacre

1773

Tea Act

1773

Boston Tea Party

1774

Intolerable Acts

1774

First Continental Congress

1775

Lexington and Concord

1775

Battle of Bunker Hill

1775

American victory at Ticonderoga

1775

Failed attack on Canada

1776

Thomas Paine’s Common Sense

1776

Declaration of Independence

1776

British capture New York

1777

Articles of Confederation

1777

Battles of Trenton and Princeton

1777

French aid to Americans

1777-1778

Winter at Valley Forge

1781

Battle of Yorktown

1783

Treaty of Paris

1785

Land Ordinance of 1785

1786

Shays’ Rebellion

1787

Land Ordinance of 1787

1787

Constitutional Convention

1787

Great Compromise

1787

Three-fifths Compromise

1787

Constitution signed

1788

Federalist Papers

1789

Bill of Rights

1789

Washington’s Inauguration

1789

French Revolution

1790

Washington DC made the capital

1793-1794

French king and queen guillotined

1794

Whiskey Rebellion

1795

Jay’s Treaty

1796

Washington’s Farewell Address

1798

XYZ Affair

1798

Alien and Sedition Acts

1801

Jefferson becomes president

1803

Louisiana Purchase

1803

Marbury v. Madison

1803

War against Barbary pirates

1804-1806

Lewis and Clark Expedition

1807

Embargo Act

1809

Non-intercourse Act

1811

Battle of Tippecanoe

1812-1814

War of 1812

1813

Battle of Lake Erie

1814

British burn Washington

1814

Treaty of Ghent

1815

Battle of New Orleans

1815

Napoleon defeated at Waterloo

1819

McCullough v. Maryland

1820

Missouri Compromise

1823

Monroe Doctrine

1824

Gibbon v. Utah

1825

Erie Canal

1828

Andrew Jackson becomes president

1828

Tariff of Abominations passed

1830

Indian Removal Act

1835-1842

Seminole War

1838

Trail of Tears

1836

Alamo

1836

Battle of San Jacinto

1836-1845

Texas Republic

1846-1848

Mexican-American War

1850

Fugitive Slave Law

1852

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

1856

Bleeding Kansas

1861

Lincoln becomes president

1861

Fort Sumpter fired upon

1861-1865

Civil War

1863

Emancipation Proclamation

1863

Battle of Vicksburg

1863

Battle of Gettysburg

1863

Gettysburg Address

1865

Lee surrenders at Appomattox

1865

13th Amendment

1867

President Johnson impeached

1869

Transcontinental railroad

1869

14th Amendment

1877

Radical Reconstruction ends

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