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3May1493
Pope Nicholas V Gives Spain Sovereignty Over Americas

Pope Nicholas V Gives Spain Sovereignty Over Americas

26September1493
Pope Nicholas V Gives Spain Sovereignty Over Discovered Lands

Pope Nicholas V Gives Spain Sovereignty Over Discovered Lands

10September1570

Spanish Jesuits Land in Virginia Colony to Convert American Indians to Christianity

29April1607
First Anglican Church in American Colonies Established at Cape Henry Virginia

First Anglican Church in American Colonies Established at Cape Henry Virginia

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21June1607
America's First Protestant Episcopal Parish is Established

America's First Protestant Episcopal Parish is Established

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22July1620
English Separatists Begin Emigration to North America Under Leadership of John Robinson

English Separatists Begin Emigration to North America Under Leadership of John Robinson

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16September1620
The Mayflower Leaves Plymouth, Heading for America

The Mayflower Leaves Plymouth, Heading for America

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11November1620
Separatists Fleeing England Sign Mayflower Compact, First Written American Constitution

Separatists Fleeing England Sign Mayflower Compact, First Written American Constitution

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5March1623
First American Temperance Law Enacted by Virginia Colony

First American Temperance Law Enacted by Virginia Colony

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7April1628
Jonas Michaelius Becomes First Minister of Dutch Reformed Church in America

Jonas Michaelius Becomes First Minister of Dutch Reformed Church in America

6September1628
Massachusetts Bay Colony Started in Salem With Arrival of Puritan Colonists

Massachusetts Bay Colony Started in Salem With Arrival of Puritan Colonists

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30June1629
Samuel Skelton Elected First Pastor of Salem Massachusetts

Samuel Skelton Elected First Pastor of Salem Massachusetts

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22March1630
Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony Outlaw Cards, Dice, Singing, Dancing

Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony Outlaw Cards, Dice, Singing, Dancing

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5February1631
Founder of First American Baptist Church, Roger Williams, Arrives in North America

Founder of First American Baptist Church, Roger Williams, Arrives in North America

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18May1631
Massachusetts Bans Non-Christians From Holding Political Office

Massachusetts Bans Non-Christians From Holding Political Office

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25March1634
First Catholics Colonists Arrive in North America

First Catholics Colonists Arrive in North America

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9October1635
Banishment from Massachusetts Ordered for Roger Williams for Heresy and Sedition

Banishment from Massachusetts Ordered for Roger Williams for Heresy and Sedition

8September1636
Harvard Founded by Puritans - First School of Higher Learning in America

Harvard Founded by Puritans - First School of Higher Learning in America

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7November1637
Massachusetts Bay Colony Tries and Convicts Anne Hutchinson for Heresy

Massachusetts Bay Colony Tries and Convicts Anne Hutchinson for Heresy

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22March1638
Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay As Punishment for Heresy

Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay As Punishment for Heresy

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21June1639
Birth of American Theologian Increase Mather, Last American Puritan

Birth of American Theologian Increase Mather, Last American Puritan

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20August1643
Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay Colony

Anne Hutchinson Expelled From Massachusetts Bay Colony

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1September1646

Cambridge Synod of Congregational Churches Convenes in Massachusetts

11April1649
Largest Auto De Fe of New World Occurs in Mexico

Largest Auto De Fe of New World Occurs in Mexico

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21April1649
Toleration Act Passed in Maryland, Protects Catholics Against Protestant Harassment

Toleration Act Passed in Maryland, Protects Catholics Against Protestant Harassment

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15June1649
Margaret Jones First to be Tried and Executed for Witchcraft in Massachusetts

Margaret Jones First to be Tried and Executed for Witchcraft in Massachusetts

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16October1649

Maine Passes Legislation Creating Religious Freedom for All

25December1651

Puritan Massachusetts General Court Levies Fine for Anyone Observing Christmas

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11July1653
Birth of Sarah Good, First of Three Women Accused of Witchcraft in Salem

Birth of Sarah Good, First of Three Women Accused of Witchcraft in Salem

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22August1654
First Jew Arrives in American - Jacob Barsimson

First Jew Arrives in American - Jacob Barsimson

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26April1655
Governor Stuyvesant's Demand to Expel Jews From New Amsterdam Denied

Governor Stuyvesant's Demand to Expel Jews From New Amsterdam Denied

11July1656

First Quakers Arrive in Boston, Will be Expelled for Advocating Abolition of Slavery & Sexual Equality

5August1656

Eight Quakers Arrive in Boston and are Imprisoned by Puritan Authorities

14October1656

Massachusetts Enacts First of Many Laws Imposing Restrictions on Quakers

27October1659

William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson are First Quakers Executed America

7December1661

British Parliament Pressures Massachusetts Colony to Life Corporal Punishment Act

12February1663
Birth of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

Birth of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

24March1664
Roger Williams Gets Charter to Colonize Rhode Island

Roger Williams Gets Charter to Colonize Rhode Island

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27May1664
Increase Mather Becomes Minister of Boston's Second Congregational Church

Increase Mather Becomes Minister of Boston's Second Congregational Church

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13October1670
New Virginia Law Decrees All Non-Christian Servants Sailing to Colony will be Slaves for Life

New Virginia Law Decrees All Non-Christian Servants Sailing to Colony will be Slaves for Life

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3May1675
Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services

Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services

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10March1681
English Quaker William Penn Made Sole Proprietor of Colonial Pennsylvania

English Quaker William Penn Made Sole Proprietor of Colonial Pennsylvania

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11May1682
Massachusetts Repeals Ban on Celebrating Christmas

Massachusetts Repeals Ban on Celebrating Christmas

30August1682
William Penn Sails from England to Start Colony of Pennsylvania

William Penn Sails from England to Start Colony of Pennsylvania

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23June1683
Founder of Pennsylvania colony Quaker William Penn Signs Treaty With Indians

Founder of Pennsylvania colony Quaker William Penn Signs Treaty With Indians

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29February1692
Salem Witch Trials Begins With Arrest of Three Women

Salem Witch Trials Begins With Arrest of Three Women

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1March1692
Salem Witch Trials Launched With the Jailing of Three Women

Salem Witch Trials Launched With the Jailing of Three Women

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2June1692
Bridget Bishop First to be Tried for Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts

Bridget Bishop First to be Tried for Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts

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10June1692
Bridget Bishop Becomes First of Twenty People Executed for Witchcraft in Salem

Bridget Bishop Becomes First of Twenty People Executed for Witchcraft in Salem

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19July1692
Sarah Good Executed by Hanging for Witchcraft in Salem

Sarah Good Executed by Hanging for Witchcraft in Salem

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