Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers: Primary Documents on Events of the Period

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Chronology of Events
1607First English settlement in North America at Jamestown, Virginia
1608First French settlement in North America at Quebec, Canada
1619African slaves brought to Jamestown
1620Pilgrims settle in Plymouth, Massachusetts
America's population reaches 2,000
1629British capture Quebec; French retake Quebec in 1632
1636 America's first college, Harvard, opens
1638Printing press brought to Cambridge, Massachusetts
1639First publication in America, the Freeman's Oath
1650 America's population reaches 50,000
1661First New Testament printed in America--in Algonquin as trans-
lated by Puritan John Eliot
1675 King Philip's War--Wampanoag Indians attack Massachusetts
settlers for encroaching on Native American lands
1686 America's first almanac, Kalendarium Pennsilvaniense, pub-
lished in Philadelphia
1689 King William's War begins (first English-French war involving
fighting in America)
1690 New England Primer published, America's principal book for
teaching reading for 100 years
Publication and suppression of Publick Occurrences, America's
first newspaper

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