Yale College

Above: Buckingham House in Saybrook, Connecticut, where Yale University held its first commencement, Carol M. Highsmith. Courtesy Library of Congress. Right: Old Capitol Building and Church, Williamsburg, Unknown original source. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons.


Pre-Revolution Timeline - The 1700s


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  • 1700-1709

    January 26, 1700 - The Cascadia earthquake, located off the coast of the Pacific Northwest along the Juan de Fuca plate, occurs. The magnitude 9 (8.7 to 9.2) quake caused a tsunami to hit the coast of Japan.
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  • August 14, 1701 - New France signs Great Peace of Montreal with 39 First Nations.

    October 9, 1701 - An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School in Saybrook is passed by the Colony of Connecticut. It would become Yale University.
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  • April 17, 1702 - Royal Colony of New Jersey established by Queen Anne from separate provinces of East New Jersey and West New Jersey.

    November 10, 1702 - Siege of St. Augustine, one of the first conflicts of Queen Anne's War, the second of four French and Indian Wars between New France and the English colonists, this time including New Spain on the side of France.
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  • Early 1703 - The first of the annual Mardi Gras celebrations begins in Mobile, capital of the New France colony in Louisiana.
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  • February 29, 1704 - During Queen Anne's War, Deerfield, Massachusetts is attacked by French and Indian forces with fifty-six killed and over one hundred captured and carried off.
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  • April 24, 1704 - The first regular newspaper publishes its initial edition in Boston, the News-Letter. It was begun by John Campbell, the postmaster.

    October 4, 1705 - Virginia Slave Code passed in the Virginia House of Burgesses.

    May 1, 1707 - Kingdom of Great Britain established with Queen Anne as first monarch.


    October 5, 1710 - British Troops begin a nine day siege on the French fort, Port Royal in Nova Scotia, before capturing it for the crown in the Queen-Anne's War 1701-1713.
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  • September 22, 1711 - The Tuscarora War begins in North Carolina between tribe of the Southern Tuscarora and their allies against the English and German colonists.
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  • April 6, 1712 - New York slave revolt results in six suicides and twenty-one executions.

    April 11, 1713 - The Queen Anne's War ends with the French signing a treaty in the series of Treaties of Utrecht to give Nova Scotia to the British.
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  • July 31, 1715 - Eleven ships of the Spanish treasure fleet sinks off the coast of Florida near Vero Beach on its journey back to Spain filled with the riches of the New World.
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  • November 19, 1716 - The first theater in the colonies to open for business in Williamsburg, Virginia, when contract is signed to build theater.
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  • February 26, 1717 - Great Snow of 1717 begins and blankets the colonies of Virginia and New England with up to five feet of snow.
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  • May 7, 1718 - French colonists under the governor of the French colony of Louisiana, Jean-Baptiste le Moyne, Sieur de Bienvile, with the French Mississippi Company found the City of New Orleans, named after the regent of France, Philip II, the Duke of Orleans. It is located on the lands of the Chitimacha tribe.

    November 22, 1718 - The English pirate Blackbeard is killed off the coast of Ocracoke Island in North Carolina by the crew of Lieutenant Robert Maynard of HMS.

    May 14, 1719 - French soldier Bienville attacks and captures Pensacola after the War of the Quadruple Alliance is declared between France and Spain.

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