The United States dates its origins to not one but two founding moments: the drafting of the Constitution in 1787 and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.Sep 1, 2008
The history of the United States was preceded by the arrival of Native Americans in North America around 15,000 BC. Numerous indigenous cultures formed, and many disappeared in the 16th century. The arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 started the European colonization of the Americas.
For decades archaeologists thought the first Americans were the Clovis people, who were said to have reached the New World some 13,000 years ago from northern Asia.
The earliest populations in the Americas, before roughly 10,000 years ago, are known as Paleo-Indians.
John Hancock was appointed the fifth President of the United States in Congress Assembled and served from November 23, 1785 to June 6, 1786.
The United States of America was created on July 4, 1776, with the Declaration of Independence of thirteen British colonies in North America. … Their independence was recognized by Great Britain in the Treaty of Paris of 1783, which concluded the American Revolutionary War.
According to David Reich, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School and a member of the research team, the new DNA sequence also shows that Native Americans and people from East Asia have more Neanderthal DNA, on average, than Europeans.
The Norse colonization of North America began in the late 10th century, when Norsemen explored and settled areas of the North Atlantic including the northeastern fringes of North America.
Five hundred years before Columbus, a daring band of Vikings led by Leif Eriksson set foot in North America and established a settlement. And long before that, some scholars say, the Americas seem to have been visited by seafaring travelers from China, and possibly by visitors from Africa and even Ice Age Europe.
The first of these people, known as the Pilgrims, landed on Plymouth Rock, MA in November 1620. Continuous waves of repression led to the migration of about 20,000 Puritans to New England between 1629 and 1642, where they founded multiple colonies.
|Throughout the entire United States, but especially in the east central U.S., in and around Appalachia, upper New England and the Mormon west|
The loss of the American colonies was sealed with the end of the American War of Independence. When the Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3, 1783, England acknowledged the existence of the United States of America and their separation from Britain. The colonies were lost.
|Significance||The day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress|
Independence Day. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain.
America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who set forth the then revolutionary concept that the lands that Christopher Columbus sailed to in 1492 were part of a separate continent. … He included on the map data gathered by Vespucci during his voyages of 1501-1502 to the New World.
Over the next century, the English established 13 colonies. They were Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Several explanations have been advanced for the Vikings’ abandonment of North America. Perhaps there were too few of them to sustain a settlement. Or they may have been forced out by American Indians. … The scholars suggest that the western Atlantic suddenly turned too cold even for Vikings.