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HISTORY OF THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES - Dewey 974
MAINE (see: 917.41 geography *)
- Children's books * in or about Maine
- Maine facts * and history
- "All About Maine" timeline *
- August 10, 1622 - Grant of the Province of Maine * to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and John Mason
- Maine Native American History (clearing *of land)
- Maine Native American timeline *
- Timeline * of Native American Culture in Maine (clearing *of land)
- Abenaki * History and Culture
- Abenaki History *
- History of Maine Indians * to 1920
- Native American Tribes and Villages * in Maine
- Houlton Band of Maliseet * Indians
- Passamaquoddy * Tribe
- Penobscot * Nation
- Maine Wabanaki * Tribes
- Maine firsts *
- August 10, 1622 - Grant of the Province of Maine * to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and John Mason
- 1652 - Maine is annexed to Massachusetts
- 1724 - Lovewell's * (Dummer's) War
- 1820 - Maine becomes a state as a result of the Missouri Compromise
- 1851 - In Brunswick, Maine, Harriet Beecher Stowe * begins to write "Uncle Tom's Cabin" which is later used by the abolitionists before the Civil War.
- 1860 - Hannibal Hamlin * of Paris, Maine becomes Abraham Lincoln's Vice President.
- 1948 - Margaret Chase Smith * of Skowhegan is elected as the first woman to become a U.S. Senator.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (see: 917.42 geography *)
- Children's books * in or about New Hampshire
- New Hampshire seal *
- 1623 - Captain John Mason sends David Thomson, a Scotsman, and Edward and Thomas Hilton, London fish merchants, to establish a fishing colony at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. At Rye, Thomson set up fishing stages. The Hiltons set up fishing stages at Dover.
- November 7, 1629 - Grant * of Hampshire to Captain John Mason
- William Coddington *, formerly of Massachusetts Bay and Rhode Island, settles in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1638.
- 1679 - English "royal province" until 1698 when New Hampshire becomes part of Massachusetts under Governor Joseph Dudley.
- 1776 - Constitution * of New Hampshire
- 1783 State Constitution *
- History * of New Hampshire
VERMONT (see: 917.43 geography *)
- Children's books * in or about Vermont
- 1761 named Verd Mont * by clergyman Rev. Samuel Peters
- July 8, 1777 - Constitution * of Vermont [second site: 1793 Constitution *]
Visit * our expanded webpage for MASSACHUSETTS HISTORY [contact with * native peoples]
RHODE ISLAND (see: 917.45 geography *)
- Children's books * in or about Rhode Island and children's colonial * theme booklist
- Rhode Island history *
- Native peoples: Narragansetts (Algonquins), Nipmucks, Wampanoags, Niantics
- 1524 - Exploration by Giovanni Verrazano
- 1635 - Anglican clerygyman, William Blackstone, settles near Lonsdale on the banks of the Blackstone River.
- 1636 - Providence Plantations founding by Roger * Williams *.
- Rhode Island charter *, Rhode Island constitution * (see: 917.45)
- 1641 - Government * of (Rhode Island *)
- 1643 - Roger Williams's book, Key into the Language of America, is published. This is a guide to the Native American languages to which Williams has been exposed.
- William Coddington * and Anne Hutchinson join the colony. Coddington later settles in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1638.
- Giovanni Verrazano * explores the Block Island area.
- 1763 - First Jewish synagogue * dedicated on December 7 in Newport, Rhode Island
- Battle of * Rhode Island, 1776
- 1777 Goat Island *
- 1796 - Birth of the American Industrial * Revolution in Providence
- Fort * Adams (1850), Newport Harbor, R.I.
- English * colonial period in North America
CONNECTICUT (see: 917.46 geography *)
- Children's books * in or about Connecticut and colonial * themes booklist
- Native peoples in the area: The Saukiogs (Black Earth) are in the Hartford area, the Podunks live across the Connecticut River in present-day East Hartford, Glastonbury, and South Windsor, and the Tunxis tribe live to the west in the present-day Farmington area. (clearing *of land)
- 1614 - Dutch explorers led by Adriaen Van Block arrive. Shortly after that, an outbreak of measles or smallpox killed at least one-third of the Podunk population.
- 1631 - Podunk chief, Wahginnacut, travels to Massachusetts to invite the English colonists there to begin a new settlement in the Connecticut River Valley. His Podunk tribe wants protection from the Pequot tribe that live in the present-day southeast corner of the state.
- Arriving to the area, the English find the Hartford area ruled by Saukiog chief Sequassen. In 1636, he sells them the land that became present-day Hartford and West Hartford.
- 1636 - Thomas * Hooker settles Hartford, Connecticut after leaving Massachusetts Bay colony
- c. 1637 - The English group that establishes the colony at New Haven sets aside land there for the Quinnipiac * tribe.
- 1643 - Government * of New Haven Colony *
- 1687 - The Charter * Oak Legend - Sir Edmund Andros was given the task by King James II to return Connecticut's charter. In a meeting with Governor Robert * Treat (1624-1710) on October 27, the charter was on a table. The lights mysteriously went out. When the candles were re-lighted, the charter was missing so Andros could not claim it. Supposedly, the charter was hidden in the trunk of a giant white oak in front of the home of Samuel Syllys.
- Nipmuc * "Praying Indians" in Connecticut
- Nathan Hale * - was he a spy?
- Connecticut History *
- Kids * Connecticut History
- Amistad Mutiny * (1839) - slave ship mutineers land in Connecticut (see:973.573)
NEW YORK (see: 917.47 geography *)
- Children's books * in or about New York
- 1624 - Dutch West India Company * founds New Amsterdam * in the New Netherland colony on Manhattan Island as a fur-trading base
- 1655 - First slave auction * at New Amsterdam using slaves * to support building roads and forts
- New York Facts * - Symbols, emblems
- Origin of New York County * Names
- Earthquake * history of New York
- Military history * of New York
- April 20, 1777 - Constitution * of New York
- 1735 - John Peter Zenger's acquittal * for freedom of the press. (see: 973.26)
- 1755 - Fort William Henry *, New York (see: 973.2610)
- Mohawk River Valley [images * - powder horns, Fort * Johnson, Mohawk River]
- 1758 - Fort Ticonderoga *, New York (see: 973.2610)
- 1777- Great seal *of New York State (see: 917.47 geography)
- 1825 - History * of the Erie * Canal - chronology * (see: 973.552)
- 1880s - Mohawk natives are hired and trained to be ironworkers and work for the Dominion * Bridge company on a bridge from the Kahnawake reserve across the St. Lawrence River to Montreal. They worked on the Quebec *Bridge which was a major engineering feat at the time and had many disasterous accidents before it was finally finished. These natives had no fear of heights. Mohawk ironworkers later work on the World Trade Center in New York City.
- 1892-1954 - Ellis Island History * - used as a New York immigration depot in New York Harbor to process over 12 million immigrants (see: 973.882)
PENNSYLVANIA (see: 917.48 geography *)
- Children's books * in or about Pennsylvania and children's colonial * theme booklist
- History * of Pennsylvania (see: 917.48)
- Native peoples:
- Iroquoian linguistic group
- The Susquehannocks live along the Susquehanna in Pennsylvania and Maryland. They involve themselves in many wars. They succomb to new European diseases and to attacks by Marylanders and by the Iroquois, which destroys them as a nation by 1675. Some of their descendants are among the Conestoga Indians who were massacred in 1763 in Lancaster County.
- Algonkian linguistic groups
- The Delawares (Leni-Lenape or "real men") live in the basin of the Delaware River. As white settlers move in, they drift westward to the Wyoming Valley, to the Allegheny and, finally, to eastern Ohio. Many of them take the French side in the French and Indian War, join in Pontiac's War, and fight on the British side in the Revolutionary War. Later, some flee to Ontario and others wander west so that we find their descendants living on reservations in Oklahoma and Ontario.
- The Shawnees come to Pennsylvania from the west in the 1690s. Some of them settle on the lower Susquehanna and others live with the Munsees near Easton. They later move to the Wyoming Valley and the Ohio Valley. During the French and Indian War, they side with the French and during the Revolution, they side with in the British. In 1794, after "Mad" Anthony Wayne's victory at Fallen Timbers, they settle near the Delawares in Indiana. Their descendants now live in Oklahoma.
- Pennsylvania General Assembly *
- William Penn * (see: 923.210) founds * Pennsylvania as a Quaker Province (1681-1776), but though he was given the land by the king, he refuses to settle it without buying the claims of the local native peoples. The immigrant population includes English Quakers, Anglicans, Germans, Scotch-Irish, African Americans, Welsh, French Huguenots, Jewish settlers, Dutch, and Swedes.
- Penn sets up Penn's * First Frame of Government (see: 974.8)
- Independence Hall * (Philadelphia) design created in 1731. (see: 973.25)
- Poor Richard's Almanack printed by Ben Franklin * in 1732.
- In 1752, Ben Franklin experiments with electricity *. (see: 973.26)
- In 1754, the French and Indian War * (Seven Year's War) France occupies Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh)(see: 973.2610)
- September 28, 1776 - Constitution * of Pennsylvania
- Johnstown Flood * in Johnstown *, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1889 where 2,200 were lost (see: 973.862)
- Lewis Tappan * of Philadelphia,active in American Anti-Slavery Society (1833)(see: 973.7114)
NEW JERSEY (see: 917.49 geography *)
- Children's books * in or about New Jersey
- 1776 - Constitution * of New Jersey
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