American History Combined Timeline

American History Combined Timeline

If you have purchased both American History programs, you may have noticed that there is some overlap in terms of timeline. The Native American History program includes history lessons from prehistory, The Mound Builders, up until the 1850s. Many of the lessons can be layered in well with the lessons from Colonization and the Creation of a Country to form one cohesive look at American history.

If you would like to do this with your child, here is our recommendation for the sequence of lessons to follow. Lessons with the green heading are from Indigenous peoples of North America and Hawai‘i. Lessons indicated with the blue heading are part of Colonization and the Creation of a Country.

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01
1200 CE
THE MOUND BUILDERS

Start your exploration of American History with a look at the lives of some of the people who lived in North America before Europeans began their colonization efforts. The Mound Builders story begins as early as 3500 BCE and the book, Journey to Cahokia takes place in about 1200 CE.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i

02
Haida
Learn about the Haida of the Pacific Northwest. This lesson explores their culture and traditions.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
03
Inuit
The Inuit of the land now known as Canada teach us about their lives in the far north. Snow, polar bears, and igloos make this lesson fun.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i&
04
1492
Discovering a New World
Learn about the migration of people into North America from Asia across the Bering Land Bridge and then about the first Europeans to explore the continent.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
05
Pueblo
Learn about the deserts, animals and plants of the American SouthWest as your child learns about the Pueblo cultures, traditions and art.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
06
Zapotec
The Zapotec of Mexico were present a thousand years before Conquistadors arrived to conquer their land and they are still living there today.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
07
1607
The Powhatan and Jamestown
Journey back to the east coast of North America to learn about the Powhatan and the first British colony in the New World.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
08
1620
The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag
Next, tell the story of the Pilgrims settling in Plimoth Colony and learn about wampum with the Wampanoag.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
09
Lenape
The Lenape traditionally lived in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. Before you learn about how these states came to be, spend some time learning about the traditions of the people native to the area.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
10
1620-1689
The Colonies
The British were not the only ones to have colonies in North America. Learn about life in the colonies and how we came to have 13.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
11
1689-1763
French and Indian Wars
During this time, North America was being fought over by the European nations while the Native American Nations fought for the right to exist on their own terms.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
12
1706-1790
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin’s story overlaps a lot of important parts of American History and kicks off our introduction to the Revolutionary War.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
13
1773
The Boston Tea Party, A Revolution Begins
In this lesson, you’ll discuss the many different reasons the Colonies had to revolt against Britain, and how the Revolutionary War started.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
14
1775
Phillis Wheatley
An interesting view of the Revolutionary War from the perspective of the first African American female poet to be published in the United States.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
15
1775-1777
Riders of the Revolution
We all know about Paul Revere. But what about Betsy Dowdy or Sybil Ludington? Why are their midnight rides nowhere near as famous?
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
16
1778
Molly Pitcher and the Revolutionary War
Learn the story of Molly Hays, the first woman to become a sergeant in the United States Army.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
10
1787
The Constitution
In this lesson, you’ll learn about why we needed a Constitution and how the Federal Government is set up.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
18
1789-1797
George Washington
Learn about the first President of the United States through the eyes of a little boy who just wanted to know what George liked to have for breakfast.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
19
1796
Oney Judge
Oney Judge was enslaved by the Washingtons and escaped to Rhode Island, where slavery was illegal, in 1796. Her story gives us a chance to discuss the United States’ complicated history with slavery.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
20
1797-1801
John and Abigail Adams
Learn about the White House and how Abigail Adams defined the role of First Lady in this lesson
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
21
1803-1805
Sacagawea, Lewis, and Clark
In this lesson you’ll learn about parts of the United States beyond the east coast, discover new animals, and learn some French.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
22
1812-1815
The War of 1812
Often called “The Second War for Independence”, the War of 1812 gives us a wonderful opportunity to explore how two different people can see the same historical events very differently.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
23
1774-1845
Johnny Appleseed
A classic American Tall Tale is your doorway to learn about expansion into the Ohio territory and life in the American frontier.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
24
1830-1850
Cherokee
The forced relocation of the Cherokee and other Native Nations collectively known as the Trail of Tears, occurred between 1830 and 1850.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
25
1850-1880
Lakota
The Lakota lesson, and particularly the story of Crazy Horse, takes place in the mid 1800s.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
26
1768-1850
Congo Square
The market, dances, and music we learn about in the Congo Square lesson took place, most likely, until about the 1850s.
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Colonization and the Creation of a Country
27
1880s
Hidatsa
The Buffalo Bird Girl this lesson focuses on lived from the 1840s until the early 20th century.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
28
1893
Hawai‘i
This lesson focuses on the overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1893.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
29
1970s
Mogollon Culture
Although the Mogollon Culture discussed in this lesson disappeared about 600 years ago, the story takes place in the 1970s, which is when Juan Quezada discovered the pottery.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i
30
MODERN DAY
Muscogee and Ojibway, Ojibwe, Navajo
And finally, wrap up with contemporary stories about Native American people living in the modern United States.
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Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i

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