Facts of America

History of The United States

Dates And Events

  • Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement, was founded in 1607.The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.
  • The Constitution of the United States was written in 1787.
  • President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803.
  • The Civil War was fought from 1861-1865.

Places and Events

  • The opening shots of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts in April 1775.
  • Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the site where the Declaration of
  • Independence and the Constitution were written.

  • The Battle of Saratoga was the turning point of the American Revolution.

  • The British defeat at Yorktown, Virginia by George Washington’s troops signaled the end of the American Revolution.

  • The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter, in South Carolina.

  • The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War for the North. Confederate troops were forced to retreat and never invaded the North again.

  • The capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi by the North in 1863 effectively split the Confederacy in two and gave control of the Mississippi River to the Union.

  • Appomattox Court House is the small town in Virginia where Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army to Ulysses S. Grant ending the Civil War.