The Story of U.S.

Protestant Reformation

1607-Founding of Jamestown and Charter of the Virginia (London) Company

1620-Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower Compact

1676-Bacon’s Rebellion; King Philip’s War; and Declaration of the People of Virginia and Bacon’s Manifesto

1765-Stamp Act Crisis; Stamp Act passed by Parliament; formation of Stamp Act Congress and Committees of Correspondence

1776-Declaration of Independence

1777-Articles of Confederation

1787-Constitution

1789-Bill of Rights

In the Beginning there was a boatful of people who were in search of a better way of life and a new way of government. Some were adventurers out to make money. Others were in search of freedom to practice their religion. In the year 1607 this boat full of people arrived at a place that they named Jamestown after their King. They ran into American Indians and learned things from them. Ships returned to England for provisions for the colony. The settlers and colonists attempted to coexist. This didn’t end up working. And then the colonists killed them.

Thirteen years later in a new location up north another boat full of people came over. They landed at the wrong place; they went off course and did not reach Virginia. Instead they landed at Cape Cod.  The settlers had to make rules to govern themselves so there wasn’t craziness. The settlers devised the Mayflower Compact to keep order in the colony. The Separatists were trying to run the colony under very strict religious rules. Adventurers did not care about religion. Many settlers didn’t survive the first winter. The Indians in the area helped them plant food so that they could survive the next winter. In November a feast was had by all. Part of the settlers were Separatists (Puritans) and part of them were adventurers.

Colonies started up in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, East and West Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, etc.

Governor Andros was sent to rule over the Dominion of New England, which did away with charters in New England. There was a Glorious Revolution in England in 1688. Connecticut refused to hand over its charter and hid it in an oak tree. Some witches in Massachusetts were killed.

George I became King of England. He was a German dude, and he became king because he was related to the Stuart royal family.

Colonists influence by the Enlightenment felt they were not truly free under the British government. Little by little England started to intervene and the  settlers started to feel constricted.

Expansion from the British and the French brought conflict which involved local Indian tribes. Some Indians fought with the British, some with the French, so it was called the French and Indian War. Colonists fought on the side of the British and helped the British defeat the French with militias. Britain obtained a large debt as a result of the war and passed the cost along to the colonists in the form of the Stamp Act.

There was a massacre of Bostonians. Five people were killed by British soldiers. Some British soldiers got black eyes.  The Bostonians had a Tea Party after the Massacre. The British were upset they were not invited. More taxation was placed on the colonists without representation in Parliament!

A few good men got together in Philadephia and signed a piece of paper. This piece of paper declared independence from Britain. As a result, British troops arrived in the colonies. Eventually they sent the idiot, General Burgoyne, who completely failed his mission. It allowed the Continental Army to regroup, which changed the tide of war and led to Victory in Yorktown, Virginia!

And everyone was free and equal except blacks, minorities and women.

And they lived happily ever after.

2 thoughts on “The Story of U.S.

  1. I didn’t want to sound stupid in class, so I will sound stupid here, I think we should have started with Columbus. I believe Columbus coming to the New World really opened up doors for further exploration and the eventual colonization of “America”. I know there is probably a big gap between 1492 and anything else of importance, but as much as I really do not like Columbus, his exploration really did lead to exploration of the rest of the New World.
    If I was totally removed from the actual story of America, this narrative would actually not paint the picture of what really happened. There is no mention about how the settlers came to the New World and the New World was overrun with Natives. This was a major aspect of the New World. If I was to put it in a short sentence, this creation story sugarcoats what really happened.
    Obviously we did not have all the time in the world to make this so there are some gaps in the stories, especially the Boston Massacre section. It goes from killing, to black eyes, to a tea party. This would make no sense to someone who is new to the story of America.
    Overall I think this is a great and well rounded story. Gos Bless America! Cheers!

  2. I think it is hard to create a history of the united states not only because there is so much that could and would go into it but because in many ways events are linked. History builds upon itself. For example one could argue the rise of Rome gave birth to america, The helped drive the Catholic church to such a power, which grew to england, which was later rebelled against by protestants, which would cause them to flee england, which would put them in America which would eventually lead the the Declaration of Independence. Histroy, in many ways is a study of causes and effects. Every event is the product of something that came before it. This makes creating a time line or story difficult poin pointing the start isnt always black and white.

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