Race in the American South: From Slavery to Civil Rights

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CHRONOLOGY
1492Christopher Columbus sails to the Caribbean on the first of four voyages
28 August 1565Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés establishes a settlement at St Augustine, Florida
1584–87English colonists fail to establish a permanent settlement at Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina
14 May 1607The Virginia Company establishes the first English colony in North America at Jamestown
Winter 1609–10The so-called 'starving time' in Virginia, when the colony teeters on the brink of disaster due to a lack of food supplies
1614One of the earliest English settlers in North America, John Rolfe, marries Pocahontas
Tobacco exports leave Virginia for Great Britain in large quantities
1619First documented arrival of Africans in the South at Point Comfort in Virginia
First meeting of the Virginia House of Burgesses
22 March 1622Opechancanough, chief of the Powhatan confederacy, attacks colonists in Virginia, in an attempt to force them to abandon the region

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