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1492- Christopher Columbus first came in contact with the natives
1524- First kidnapping in America took place by Italian explorers
1528- Panfilo de Narvaez made the first significant exploration of Florida
1539- Hernando De Soto landed at Tampa Bay, Florida and began an expedition across the southeast.
1540- Hernando De Soto’s expedition was ambushed by Choctaw tribe in Alabama who killed their livestock and 200 Spaniards
1542- Spanish Emperor Carlos V attempted to impose “New Laws” on the Spanish colonies, ending the encomienda system that gave settlers the right to Indian slave labor.
1607- Jamestown is founded in Virginia by the colonists of the London Company. By the end of the year, starvation and disease reduce the original 105 settlers to just 32 survivors.
1637- Pequot War – Taking place in Connecticut and Rhode Island, the death of a colonist eventually led to the destruction of 600-700 natives. The remainder were sold into slavery in Bermuda.
1680-1682- The Pueblo Revolt occurs in Arizona and New Mexico, when Pueblo Indians led by Popé, rebelled against the Spanish.
1763- The Proclamation of 1763, signed by King George III of England, prohibits any English settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains.
1546- The ¨New laws”barring Indian enslavement were repealed at the insistence of new world colonists who developed society and economy dependent slave labor.
1600's- Europeans brought diseases, and were acts of god's being done in their behalf.
1616- Smallpox epidemic decimated the native american population in New England.
1639- Captain William Pierce exchanged Indian slaves for black slaves.
1709- For the slave exchange, black and Indian, men, women ,and children were daily declared the property of the highest bidder.
1725- Ten sleeping Indians were scalped by whites in New Hampshire for a bounty.
August 1, 1758- First Indian reservation was in New Jersey.
December 14, 1763- A vigilante group called the Paxton boys in Pennsylvania killed 20 Susquehannock in response to the Pontiac's rebellion.
March 1, 1790- The first U.S. Census count included slaves and free African Americans but Indians were not included.
1692- Diego Varelas is the first non-Indian to the Guadalupe areas
1789- The Bill of Rights is adopted
1829- Slavery in Mexico is abolished
1835- Texans and Tejanos rebel against the Mexican government
1845- Texas is officially annexed to the United States
1868- Cubans revolt. Many people leave to Europe and the US and are adopted as US citizens
1872- Puerto Rican representatives in Spain win equal civil rights for the colony
1902- Cuba declares its independence
1925- The “Border Patrol” is created by congress
1802- The Jefferson administration revises the Naturalization Act of 1798 by reducing the residency requirement from 14 years to 5 years.
1808, Importation of slaves is officially banned, but people still continue to do it.
1850, For the first time, The U.S Census surveys the ¨nativity¨ of citizens.
1807, The Naturalization Act of 1870 expands citizenship to both white people and black people.
1882, The Immigration Act of 1882, levies a taxes of 50 cents for immigrants and immigrants aren't eligible for citizenship from several categories.
1882, The Chinese Exclusion Act restricts all chinese immigration to the US for ten years.
1885, The Alien Contract Labor- any individual from the US bringing foreigners in the US to perform labor is illegal. The only slaves that would come is the immigrants that perform domestics services.
1892, The Geary Act extend the Chinese Exclusion Act- all chinese residents requires a permit, as well as serving as witness in court and bail in habeas corpus proceeding
1907, The Expatriation Act declares that an American woman who marries a foreign individual will lose her citizenship.
1927, The Border Control is created to combat smuggling and illegal immigration.
Chinese were selling goods in New York City and toiling in Hawaiian sugarcane fields.
The Central Pacific Railroad recruited Chinese to work on the transcontinental railroad in 1865.
Chinese riots erupted in Chico, California, in 1877
Japanese to move to Hawaii and California to work in agriculture.
Filipinos arrived with English skills, making assimilation easier.
Although Asian immigration increased steadily through much of the 20th century, the region still contributed fewer newcomers than Europe, Latin America, and North America.
Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii was elected to the U.S. House, becoming the first Asian-American woman in Congress.
Hundreds of Asian Americans have been elected to state legislatures and municipal positions.
The Immigration Act of 1990 increased the numbers of Asians coming to the U.S. by raising the total quota and reorganizing system of preferences to favor certain professional groups. This allowed Asians with training in
During WW2, Japanese were placed into internment camps.
When the japanese were forced into internment camps, it was because america was at war with japan. But america was also at war with germany and German Americans were not placed into internment camps.
1746- Lucy Terry, an enslaved person earliest African American poet.
1820- Missouri Compromise bans slavery north of south boundary of Missouri.
1831- Nat Turner preacher leads slave uprising.
1846- The Wilmot Proviso attempts to ban slavery in territory gained in the Mexican War.
1849- Harriet Tubman escapes slavery and creates the underground railroad.
1857- Slaves are not considered citizens in the United States.
1865- Drastically restricts newly freed slaves.
1869- Howard's University law school becomes first black law school.
1970- Blacks get the right to vote.
1879- 10 of thousands of African Americans migratred from southern states to Kansas.
1905- W.E.B DuBois founds the future NAACP
1920s- Harlem Rennisance.
1947- Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier.
1598- New Mexico is settled by the Spanish
Cigar factories are built in Florida, Louisiana, and New York, bringing an influx of working class Cubans to the growing industry in the United States.
The Spanish government frees the slaves it owns in Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Slavery is abolished in Puerto Rico
Limits on the number of immigrants allowed in the United States are imposed for the first time in the country's history.
The landmark production of West Side Story premieres on Broadway, chronicling the racial tensions of the '40s and '50s.
Asian immigration increased steadily through much of the 20th century, the region still contributed fewer newcomers than Europe, Latin America, and North America. The McCarran Walter act eliminated race barrier, which stopped asian immigrants to entering.
The rise of chinese immigrants made many workers. That there wasn't many jobs for the whites. There were riots and there was a thing called the “Anti- Chinese riots.
When asians first started coming to america, Asian immigrants faced restrictive laws and occasional violence.
Asians that were filipino were mostly roman catholic. When they tried to come to america, they faced similar prejudices as other asian backgrounds like chinese.
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