American Literature

Timeline of important literature and historical events

1000-01-01 00:00:00

Leiff Ericsson lands in Vinland, the modern Newfoundland

1492-08-13 01:44:20

Voyage to the New World

Christopher Columbus, financed by Spain, makes the first of four voyages to the New World.

1565-08-13 01:44:20

Spanish Mission to Florida

The first Spanish missions to what is now Florida begin soon after the Jesuit Foundation of St. Augustine.

1584-08-13 01:44:20

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh sends a reconnaissance fleet to what is now North Carolina. In the following year, he authorises a colonising expedition to Roanoke Island, naming the new territory Virginia for the 'Virgin Queen', Elizabeth I. Unable to sustain themselves, the colonists return to England after 10 months

1607-08-13 01:44:20

Jamestown

Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement, is established in Virginia by the London Company.

1614-08-13 01:44:20

Dutch Trading Post

A Dutch trading post (New Amsterdam) is set up on the lower end of Manhattan Island.

1618-08-13 01:44:20

Smallpox

Smallpox wipes out 90% of Native Americans in Massachusetts bay. Imported disease became a major cause of the devastation of the indigenous population.

1619-08-13 01:44:20

African Servants

Twenty African indentured servants are brought to Jamestown.

1620-08-13 01:44:20

Plymouth Colony

The Plymouth colony is established in Massachusetts by a group of separatists from the Church of England. The rules of the community are agreed by the 'Mayflower Compact' and signed by the 41 men who travelled on the ship of that name.

1624-01-01 00:00:00

John Smith, 'The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles',

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