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Richard, his family, and friends. For example, Richard is 20 years old when Britain establishes their first successful colony at Jamestown, Virginia after King James I grants the Virginia Company a charter to settle in the Chesapeake Bay region.
||Lippershey invents the telescope
||Sir Isaac Newton invents calculus
||Britain establishes their first successful colony at Jamestown, Virginia after King James I grants the Virginia Company a charter to settle in the Chesapeake Bay region.
||Pocahontas is captured by the Jamestown Colonists as misunderstandings and hostilities escalate between the two cultures. Two years later she will save John Smith's life.
||The first slaves are transported to America
||Massachusetts is established on November 9th, when the Mayflower lands at Plymouth Rock (Cape Cod, Massachusetts) with 101 colonists. Squanto, a Native American captured and taken to Britain several years earlier, travels with them and teaches them how to live off the land. On Nov. 11th, the Mayflower Compact is signed by 41 men and establishes the first form of local government.
||First treaty between colonists and Native Americans is signed by the Plymouth colonist and the Wampanoag. Squanto acts as a translator.
||Jamestown has spread and settlements now line both banks of the James River from Hampton Roads to the present site of Richmond.
||New York is established when thirty families of Dutch colonists arrive. Two years later Peter Minuit, one of the colonists, buys Manhattan Island from the Native Americans and names it New Amsterdam.
||In March, Boston is established when John Winthrop leads 900 Puritans to establish a colony in Massachusetts Bay. He becomes the first governor.
||Maryland is established as 200 settlers, many of them Catholic, arrive in the lands granted to Roman Catholic Lord Baltimore.
||In June, Providence and Rhode Island are founded by Roger Williams, after he is banished for new and dangerous opinions.
||During the 1660's plantation owners change the laws and revoke contracts so that the Africans cannot earn their freedom.
||The Carolina colonies are established after King Charles II grants the territory to eight loyal supporters.
||England's Civil Wars begin
||The Society of Friends founded. Later this group becomes known as Quakers.
||King Charles I of England is executed
||England's Civil Wars end
||Louis XIV of France marries Maria Teresa Infanta of Spain
||Great Fire of London