Original Documents before 1700                                                   1701

Links of Interest:

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered America (Florida)

  • 1500s - Spanish Conquistadores explore Florida and Baja California

  • 1600s - Spanish Missionaries arrived

  • bringing disease which wiped out Native Americans in Florida


  • Education:

    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) - Southern Colonies
    3. Yale (1701) - New England Colonies
    4. Princeton (1746) - Mid-Atlantic Colonies
    5. Pennsylvania (1753) - Mid-Atlantic Colonies
    6. Columbia (1754) - Mid-Atlantic Colonies
    7. Brown (1764) - New England Colonies
    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

  • Education:

    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."

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