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1524
Verrazano explores NE coast

    

1614
John Smith maps New England

   
   

1614
Dutch explore the Connecticut River

    

1624
Pemaquid (Maine) established

   
    
   

1634
Massachusetts immigrants settle Wethersfield and Windsor, Connecticut

1634
John Endecott defaces King's colors

   
    
   

1642
English Civil War begins

    

1646
Massachusetts begins to establish "praying towns"

   
    
   

1647
Alice Young hung in Hartford

    

1648
Massachusetts executes Margaret Jones

   
    
   

1649
Charles I executed

    

1654
Harvard establishes Indian College

   
    
   

1656
First Quaker missionaries arrive in New England

    

1660 - 1725
A succession of conflicts transforms indigenous/ colonial relations.

   
    
   

1662
Beginning of Hartford witch outbreak.

    

1671
Katherine Naylor, the wife of a Boston merchant, sues for divorce.

   
    
   

1675
King Philip's War

    

1704
Deerfield Massacre

   
    
   

1745
Pigwackets in exile in Massachusetts

    

1764
Thomas Hutchinson, "History of the Colony and Province of Massachusetts Bay"

   
    
   

1774
First Continental Congress

1774
John Malcolm tarred and feathered

   
   

1774
Intolerable Acts

1774
In December, Paul Revere rides to Portsmouth, New Hampshire

   
    
   

1783
Boston establishes annual July 4 oration

    

1791
Vermont joins the union as the 14th state

   
    
   

1800
With 1,400,000 people N.E. contains 28 percent of the U.S. population

    

1804
Lewis and Clark Expedition begins

   
    
   

1814
Washington Irving, "Philip of Pokanoket"

1814
Hartford Convention considers secession

   
    
   

1818
John Trumbull's painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence displayed at Faneuil Hall

    

1824
Lydia Sigourney, "Sketches of Connecticut Forty Years Since"

   
   

1824
Pilgrim Hall museum opened in Plymouth

1824
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison published

   
   

1824
Lydia Maria Child, "Hobomok: A Tale of Early Times"

1824
Lafayette feted in America

   
   

1824
Bunker Hill monument begun

    

1828
Female textile workers strike at Dover, N.H.

   
    
   

1830
New Hampshire legislature encourages sericulture

    

1834
Whittier publishes "The Slave Ship"

   
   

1834
Textile strikes at Lowell, Massachusetts and Dover, N.H.

1834
James Hawkes, A Retrospect of the Boston Tea-Party, with a Memoir of George R.T. hewes"

   
   

1834
Shoebinders of Lynn, Massachusetts form a society "for the protection and promotion of Female Industry"

1834
Burning of Ursuline convent in Charlestown

   
    
   

1835
George Robert Twelves Hewes feted in Providence and Boston

    

1836
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow begins teaching modern languages at Harvard.

   
    
   

1837
John Sibley publishes story of Washington Elm

    

1840
Agitation for Ten-hour Day

   
    
   

1841
Catharine Williams, "The Neutral French, or the Exiles of Nova Scotia"

1841
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Skeleton in Armor"

   
   

1841
Catharine Beecher, "A Treatise on Domestic Economy"

1841
Longfellow, "The Wreck of the Hesperus," in Ballads and Other Poems

   
   

1841
Amistad case argued before the Supreme Court

    

1842
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poems on Slavery

   
   

1842
Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island

1842
Eleanor Field gives the Rhode Island Historical Society a basket purportedly made during King Philip's War.

   
   
   

1842
With the encouragement of his friend Charles Sumner, Longfellow publishes "Poems on Slavery

1842
Wadsworth Atheneum opens in Hartford

   
    
   

1845
New England Historic Genealogical Society Founded

1845
Frederick Douglas publishes his narrative.

   
   

1845
Beginning of Irish famine

    

1846
Mexican War begins

   
   

1846
Hawthorne, "Roger Malvyn's Burial" in Mosses From An Old Manse

    

1847
Sarah Hale, ed. of Godey's begins Thanksgiving campaign

   
   

1847
John Greenleaf Whittier, "Supernaturalism of New England"

1847
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Evangeline"

   
   

1847
First edition of Frederick Douglass's North Star

    

1848
William Oakes, Scenery of the White Mountains

   
   

1848
Elizabeth Ellet. Women of the American Revolution

1848
Thompkins Matteson's "Examination of a Witch" exhibited in New York

   
   

1848
James Russell Lowell, "The Courtin'"

1848
Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention

   
    
   

1849
California Gold Rush

    

1850
45 out of 100 New Englanders live in Maine, NH, or Vermont

   
   

1850
Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Great Stone Face"

    

1854
Lucy Larcom, "Hannah Binding Shoes"

   
   

1854
Anthony Burns arrested under the Fugitive Slave Act

    

1861
Oliver Wendell Holmes, "Under the Washington Elm"

   
    
   

1864
U.S. Sanitary Commission sponsors "Colonial Kitchens"

1864
Massachusetts Historical Society published Phillis Wheatley letters

   
    
   

1866
John Greenleaf Whittier, "Snowbound"

    

1868
Winslow Homer illustrates life in Lowell Mills

   
    
   

1873
Anne Whitney wins competition to create a sculpture of Samuel Adams for the United States Capitol.

    

1875
Custer defeated at the Battle of Little Bighorn

   
    
   

1880
Memorial Hall dedicated in Deerfield

    

1888
Whittier supports women's suffrage.

   
    
   

1894
Immigration Restriction League Founded at Harvard

    

1904
Wallace Nutting launches a career as a historical entrepreneur

   
   

1904
Henry James visits the supposed House of the Seven Gables.

    

1905
Paul Revere House saved from demolition

   
   
    
   

1924
American Indians granted citizenship and the right to vote

1924
Ku Klux Klan has 50,000 members in Maine

   
   

1924
Congress passes restrictive immigration laws

1924
First of New England textile mills moves south

   
    
   

1940
Civil leaders of Portuguese descent gather before a mural of the Pilgrim fathers.

1940
World war II fuels new industries in New England

   
    
   

1942
Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, New York established

1942
Touro Synagogue designated a National Historic Site

   
    
   

1947
Old Sturbridge Village created

1947
Plimoth Plantation founded

   
   

1947
Shelburne Museum established

    

1954
Brown v. Board of Education overturns "separate but equal"

   
    
   

1964
Civil Rights Act targets race and sex

    

1972
Harvard dedicates the so-called "Bradstreet Gate" between the Science Center and the Yard.

   
    
   

1974
Judge Garrity orders school busing in Boston

    

2004
Memorial Hall Museum launches new website on "The Many Stories of 1704

   

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