Pre-United States History

Slavery – Its Rise and Decline in United States of America – 1619 AD – 1865 AD

Slavery – Its Rise and Decline in United States of America – 1619 AD – 1865 AD

The practice of slavery began in United States almost a century before its Independence. The first colony that legalized slavery was Virginia in 1619 AD. Evidence suggests that in the 16th Century AD, the Spanish were doing Slave-Trade. Most of the slaves came from Africa. In 1619, a ship carrying […]

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New Netherland - A Portrait of the Dock at New Amsterdam

Establishment of New Netherland 1614 AD – First Dutch Colony of America – History of New York

The New Netherlands was the Dutch Colony that was established in 1614 AD. The territory was spread in present day East Coast Regions of USA  – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. It’s Capital was New Amsterdam which later evolved in present day New York City. The colony was mainly […]

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Captain John Smith - The Founder of First Permanent British Colony in America - Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 AD

John Smith and Pocahontas 1607 AD – Establishment of James Town – First Permanent English Colony in America 1601 AD

John Smith was an English explorer who was known for establishing First Permanent English Settlement on the American soil at Jamestown, Virginia. He is also remembered as one of the first European who established harmonious ties with Indians living in Virginia. His tales and association with Indian girl Pocahontas are […]

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Sir Walter Raleigh - The Man Who Established First British Colony in American Continent - Raonoke Colony - 1587 AD

Sir Walter Raleigh established Roanoke Colony – 1587 AD – First English Settlement in America – Search of El Dorado ‘The City of Gold’

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer who is mostly known for establishing first English settlement on the soil of America. In 1594 he also searched the ‘City of Gold’ in South America which later gave rise to the legend of El Dorado. He was also a great writer and […]

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Pedro Menéndez de Avilés – First Spanish Settlement in America St Augustine – 1565 AD

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés – First Spanish Settlement in America St Augustine – 1565 AD

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés was Spanish General and Explorer who established the first settlement of Spain in America, St Augustine, Florida. The settlement was established in the year 1565. He established strong Spanish footholds in Florida and became the first governor of Spanish Florida. He was born in 1519, Aviles, […]

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Hernán Cortés - Man who ended the Aztec empire 1521 AD - Killed Montezuma II

Hernán Cortés – Man who ended the Aztec empire 1521 AD – Killed Montezuma II

Hernan Cortes was a Spanish general who is known for conquering and destroying Aztec empire and thus controlling a large portion of Mexico. He was born in Castilla in 1485. Cortes was awarded title of Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca. Hernan Cortes returned back to Spain in the year 1541 where […]

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Hernando de Soto - Spanish Explorer - 1496 AD - 1542 AD

Hernando de Soto – Discovery of Mississippi River 1541 AD – The Conquest of Inca Dynasty

Hernando de Soto was  a Spanish explorer who is known as the first European to discover Mississippi river. He is also known for deep expedition inside the American continent in search of gold. He was born in Barcarrota in Spain in 1497 AD in an extremely poor family. He was […]

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Vasco Nunez de Balboa – Discovery of Pacific Ocean – First European Settlement in America 1513 AD

Vasco Nunez de Balboa – Discovery of Pacific Ocean – First European Settlement in America 1513 AD

Vasco Nunez de Balboa (1475-1519) was a Spanish explorer who was the first European to cross America and who discovered the Pacific Ocean. He crossed Panama in the year 1513. He also established first European settlement in America, Santa Maria. He was a Roman Catholic and worked as a maritime explorer […]

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Juan Ponce de Leon, Man who discovered Florida 1513 AD - Governor of Puerto Rico

Juan Ponce de Leon, Man who discovered Florida 1513 AD – Governor of Puerto Rico – Appointed by Spain

Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish explorer who was famous for exploring and discovering Florida. His tales are mostly remembered for his expedition to search for the ‘fountain of youth.‘ Leon was a Spanish explorer who was born in 1474 in Castile, Spain. He was a Roman Catholic and […]

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John Cabot – The Man who discovered Mainland North America 1497 AD

John Cabot – The Man who discovered Mainland North America 1497 AD

John Cabot was an Italian explorer who is mostly known for discovering and exploring the mainland North America. It is widely believed that he was the first European to reach the mainland and Northwest Passage. John Cabot was born in 1450 AD in Venice, Italy. He was a Roman Catholic […]

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