Colonial Timeline

Timeline created by HochJason
In History
  • Jan 1, 1001

    Leif Erikson sails to Greenland

    Leif Erikson sails to Greenland
    Leif Erikson sailed to Greenland to investigate reports of a land farther west. They explored the region and spent the winter in a place they named Vinland.
  • Aug 1, 1492

    Christopher Columbus Sails West

    Christopher Columbus Sails West
    Christopher Colombus sailed west with 90 men and 3 ships on small ships name Nina, Pinta, And Santa Maria. They averaged around 170 miles per day.
  • Jan 1, 1493

    Columbus Returns to Spain

    Columbus Returns to Spain
    In 1493 after his first voyage to what he thought was Asia, he returned to Spain. He reported that there were huge amounts of gold in the land he referred to as the West Indies. The grateful monarchs made him governor of all the land he claimed for Spain.
  • Sep 1, 1493

    Columbus's Second Voyage West

    Columbus's Second Voyage West
    In 1493, Columbus sailed west to the West Indies for the second time. This time he had seventeen ships and fifteen hundred soldiers, settlers, and priests.
  • May 1, 1497

    Cabot Sails

    Cabot Sails
    In 1497, John Cabot sails to North America to and finds Newfoundland.
  • Jan 1, 1498

    Columbus Reaches South America

    in this year, Columbus took a third voyage to continue his search for the Asia mainland. He reached the northern coast of South America and believed it was the Asia mainland.
  • Jan 1, 1498

    Cabot's Second Voyage

    On his second voyage, Cabot sails to North America to explore the coast. He may have gone as far south as the Chesapeake Bay. However, we cannot be sure. His ships disappeared without a trace.
  • Jan 1, 1502

    Columbus Proves his Claims

    In 1502, Spain permitted him to try and prove his claims that he had reached Asia. He returned two years later with his beliefs unchanged. He later died in 1506, still convinced he had reached Asia.
  • Jan 1, 1510

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa

    Vasco Nunez de Balboa
    Balboa, a spanish colonist, explored the Carribean coast of what is now Panama. He was also the first European to set eyes on the Pacific Ocean
  • Jan 1, 1513

    de Leon Sails North

    Juan Ponce de Leon sailed north from Puerto Rico to investigaet reports of a large island. What he actually found is what is now the state of Florida.
  • Jan 1, 1519

    Magellan sets Sail

    Magellan sets Sail
    Ferdinand Magellan set out to find an Atlantic - Pacific passage. For more than a year, his small fleet moved slowly down the South American Coast looking for a strait. Finally, he found one near the southern tip of present day Argentina. this strait is now known as the Strait of Magellan.
  • Jan 1, 1519

    Cortes and the Aztecs

    In this year, Hernando cortes sailed from Cuba to Mexico with more than 500 soldiers. He and his men marched into the Aztec capitol, joined by other Native Americans, and conquered the Aztecs.
  • Sep 1, 1522

    The First Circumnavigation

    The First Circumnavigation
    Magellan finally reached the Phillipine Islands. There, he and several others were killed in a battle with the Filipinos. The survivors fled in two of the ships. One ship finally reached Spain, in September 1522. Three years after they had begun, the eighteen men aboard became the first to circumnavigate the entire Earth.
  • Jan 1, 1528

    Exploartion Begins

    Exploartion Begins
    After being found by Ponce de Leon, exploration begins off the coast of Florida.
  • Jan 1, 1531

    Pizarro Lands in Peru

    Pizarro makes landfall in Peru in search of the Inca empire.
  • Jan 1, 1532

    Incas Start to Fall

    In 1532 Pizarro led 170 soldiers into the capitol of the empire, took their ruler hostage, and then killed him.
  • Jan 1, 1533

    Inca Empire Falls

    Inca Empire Falls
    In this year, the Pizarro defeats the leaderless Incas.
  • Jan 1, 1580

    Colonists Start to Arrive

    This is the beginning of the colonies. 2 colonies are set up on a small island off the coast, of what is today North Carolina.
  • The Roanoke Colony

    The first colony in at Roanoke Island was established, but later abandoned.
  • The Second Colony at Roanoke

    The Second Colony at Roanoke
    This colony is a great mystery in American History. It was established in1587. The next year, England found itself at war with Spain and they weren't able to visit the colony until 1590. By then, the colony was abandoned. It had disappeared without a trace.