United States: History
The first permanent European settlement is established at St. Augustine, which is located in present-day Florida.
Colonists form the First Continental Congress as Britain closes down Boston Harbor and deploys troops there.
The American Declaration of Independence is endorsed by Congress.
Britain accepts loss of the colonies through the Treaty of Paris.
The Founding Fathers draw up the Constitution for the United States of America.
The Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedoms.
The United States purchases the Louisiana territories from France.
The United States acquires present-day California and New Mexico from Mexico in the Mexican War.
Eleven pro-slavery southern states secede from the Union and form the Confederate States of America, triggering a civil war with the abolitionist northern states.
The Confederates are defeated and slavery is abolished under the Thirteenth Amendment.
The Wall Street stock market crash triggers the Great Depression.
The US fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii is attacked by Japanese warplanes; the US declares war on Japan.
The United States drops two atomic bombs on Japan, leading to a Japanese surrender in World War II.
US troops play a leading role against North Korean and Chinese forces in the Korean War.
Richard Nixon's historic visit to China helps normalize relations between the United States and China.
Congress passes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that intends to create a free trade-bloc among the US, Canada, and Mexico.
On September 11th, terrorists hijack four planes in the United States, two of which are crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.