Original Documents before 1700
Links of Interest:
1492 Christopher Columbus discovered America (Florida)
1500s - Spanish Conquistadores explore Florida and Baja
1600s - Spanish Missionaries arrived
bringing disease which wiped out Native Americans in Florida
First college in America.
Harvard Founded in 1636
Nine colleges were founded during the colonial period:
1. Harvard (1636) - New England Colonies
2. William and Mary (1693) -
3. Yale (1701) - New England Colonies
4. Princeton (1746)
- Mid-Atlantic Colonies
5. Pennsylvania (1753) - Mid-Atlantic
6. Columbia (1754) - Mid-Atlantic Colonies
7. Brown (1764) - New
8. Rutgers (1766) - Mid-Atlantic Colonies
9. Dartmouth (1769)
- New England Colonies
Source: Foundations of American Education, Sixth Edition page
119 / L. Dean Webb, Arlene Metha. Published by Pearson Education. 2010
William and Mary College Founded in 1693
to train ministers to take Christianity to Native Americans. The second
oldest college in America. see
1701 for next event...
Natural Resources: 1609-1639 Height of French Fur Trading
for beaver pelts for hats in Europe. Frenchmen traded with Huron Indians in Canada until Small Pox decimated half the Huron
Tribe so they moved further West.
BBC Atlas of the Natural World North America Land of the Eagle "Searching
for Paradise" Documentary 2006.
Technology: Mid 1600s - Robert Boyle - invented the vacuum chamber or air-pump, started the Royal Society in London, England for
scientists to witness experiments and discuss scientific topics. Known for Boyle's Law - "If the volume of a gas is decreased,
the pressure increases proportionally."