The Chronology of American History

Chronology of American History 1492 - Present                                                     http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/chrono.asp


American History : A Documentary Record


  • 1492 - Priviledges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus; April 30


  • 1498 - The Letters Patents of King Henry the Seventh Granted unto Iohn Cabot and his Three Sonnes, Lewis, Sebastian and Sancius for the the Discouerie of New and Unknowen Lands; March 5



  • 1578 - Letters Patent to Sir Humfrey Gylberte June 11


  • 1584 - Charter to Sir Walter Raleigh; March 25



  • 1603 - Charter of Acadia Granted by Henry IV of France to Pierre du Gast, Sieur de Monts; December 18


  • 1606 - The First Charter of Virginia; April 10


  • 1609 - The Second Charter of Virginia; May 23


  • 1611 - The Third Charter of Virginia; March 12


  • 1614 - General Charter for Those who Discover Any New Passages, Havens, Countries, or Places; March 27
  • 1614 - Grant of Exclusive Trade to New Netherland by the States-General of the United Netherlands; October 11


  • 1619/20 - Petition for a Charter of New England by the Northern Company of Adventurers; March 3


  • 1620 - Charter of New England; November 3
  • 1620 - Mayflower Compact; November 11


  • 1621 - Charter of the Dutch West India Company; June 3
  • 1621 - Ordinances for Virginia; July 24-August 3


  • 1622 - A Grant of the Province of Maine to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and John Mason, esq., August 10


  • 1624 - Warrant for William Ussling to Establish a General Company for Trade to Asia, Africa, America and Magellanica; December 21


  • 1626 - Charter of Privileges which Gustavus Adolphus Has Graciously Given by Letters Patent to the Newly Established Swedish South Company; June 14
  • 1626 - Notification of the Purchase of Manhattan by the Dutch; November 5


  • 1629 - Charter of the Colony of New Plymouth Granted to William Bradford and His Associates; January 13
  • 1629 - Grant of Land North of the Saco River to Thomas Lewis and Richard Bonighton by the Council for New England; February 12
  • 1629 - The Charter of Massachusetts Bay; March 4
  • 1629 - Sir Robert Heath's Patent 5 Charles 1st; October, 30
  • 1629 - Grant of Hampshire to Capt. John Mason, November 7
  • 1629 - Grant of Laconia to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Mason by the Council for New England; November 17


  • 1632 - Charter of Maryland; June 20


  • 1634 - Royal Commission for Regulating Plantations; April 28


  • 1635 - Confirmation of the Grant from the Council for New England to Captain John Mason
  • 1635 - Grant of the Province of New Hampshire to John Wollaston, Esq., April 18
  • 1635 - Grant of the Province of New Hampshire to Mr. Mason, By the Name of Masonia; April 22
  • 1635 - Grant of the Province of New Hampshire to Mr. Mason, By the Name of New Hampshire; April 22
  • 1635 - Declaration for Resignation of the Charter by the Council for New England; April 25
  • 1635 - The Act of Surrender of the Great Charter of New England to His Majesty; June 7
  • 1635 - Grant of the Province of New Hampshire From Mr. Wollaston to Mr. Mason, June 11
  • 1635 - Grant of His Interest in New Hampshire by Sir Ferdinando Gorges to Captain John Mason; September 17


  • 1637 - Proclamation Against the Disorderly Transporting His Majesty's subjects to the Plantations Within the Parts of America; April 30
  • 1637 - Commission to Sir Ferdinando Gorges as Governor of New England by Charles; July 23


  • 1639 - Fundamental Orders; January 14
  • 1639 - Grant of the Province of Maine; April 3
  • 1639 - Fundamental Agreement, or Original Constitution of the Colony of New Haven, June 4
  • 1639 - Agreement of the Settlers at Exeter in New Hampshire, August 4


  • 1640 - William Bradford, &c. Surrender of the Patent of Plymouth Colony to the Freeman; March 2
  • 1640 - Plantation Agreement at Providence; August 27 - September 6,


  • 1641 - Government of Rhode Island-March 16-19
  • 1641 - The Combinations of the Inhabitants Upon the Piscataqua River for Government, October 22


  • 1643 - Patent for Providence Plantations - March 14
  • 1643 - The Articles of Confederation of the United Colonies of New England; May 19
  • 1643 - Government of New Haven Colony; October 27 - November 6


  • 1649 - Maryland Toleration Act; September 21


  • 1662 - Charter of Connecticut; April 23


  • 1663 - Charter of Carolina : March 24
  • 1663 - Charter of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations - July 15


  • 1663 - A Declaration and Proposals of the Lord Proprietor of Carolina, Aug. 25-Sept. 4


  • 1664 - The Concession and Agreement of the Lords Proprietors of the Province of New Caesarea, or New Jersey, to and With All and Every the Adventurers and All Such as Shall Settle or Plant There; February 10
  • 1664 - Grant of the Province of Maine; March 12
  • 1664 - The Duke of York's Release to John Ford Berkeley, and Sir George Carteret; June 24


  • 1665 - Concessions and Agreements of the Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina
  • 1665 - Charter of Carolina; June 30


  • 1669 - The Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina : March 1


  • 1672 - A Declaration of the True Intent and Meaning of us the Lords Proprietors, and Explanation of There Concessions Made to the Adventurers and Planters of New Caesarea or New Jersey; December 6


  • 1674 - Grant of the Province of Maine; June 29
  • 1674 - His Royal Highness's Grant to the Lords Proprietors, Sir George Carteret; July 29


  • 1676 - The Charter or Fundamental Laws, of West New Jersey, Agreed Upon
  • 1676 - Quintipartite Deed of Revision, Between E. and W Jersey: July 1


  • 1680 - Duke of York's Second Grant to William Penn, Gawn Lawry, Nicholas Lucas, John Eldridge, Edmund Warner, and Edward Byllynge, for the Soil and Government of West New Jersey; August 6
  • 1680 - Commission of John Cutt; September 18


  • 1681 - Concessions to the Province of Pennsylvania - July 11
  • 1681 - Charter for the Province of Pennsylvania; February 28
  • 1681 - Province of West New-Jersey, in America; November 25


  • 1682 - Duke of York's Confirmation to the 24 Proprietors; March 14
  • 1682 - Penn's Charter of Libertie; April 25
  • 1682 - Frame of Government of Pennsylvania; May 5


  • 1683 - Frame of Government of Pennsylvania: February 2
  • 1683 - The Fundamental Constitutions for the Province of East New Jersey in America
  • 1683 - The King's Letter Recognizing the Proprietors' Right to the Soil and Government ; November 23


  • 1688 - Resolutions of The Germantown Mennonites; February 18
  • 1688 - Commission of Sir Edmund Andros for the Dominion of New England; April 7


  • 1691 - The Charter of Massachusetts Bay; October 7


  • 1696 - Frame of Government of Pennsylvania



  • 1701 - Charter of Privileges Granted by William Penn, esq. to the Inhabitants of Pennsylvania and Territories, October 28
  • 1701 - Charter of Delaware; October 28


  • 1702 - Surrender from the Proprietors of East and West New Jersey, of Their Pretended Right of Government to Her Majesty; April 15


  • 1709 - The Queen's Acceptance of the Surrender of Government; April 17


  • 1712 - Charles II's Grant of New England to the Duke of York, 1676 - Exemplified by Queen Anne; October 30


  • 1725 - Explanatory Charter of Massachusetts Bay; August 26


  • 1732 - Charter of Georgia; June 9


  • 1754 - Albany Plan of Union; June


  • 1764 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Currency Act; April 19
  • 1764 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Sugar Act; September 29
  • 1764 - Petition from the Massachusetts House of Representatives to the House of Commons; November 3
  • 1764 - Petition of the Virginia House of Burgesses to the House of Commons: December 18


  • 1765 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Stamp Act, March 22
  • 1765 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Quartering Act; May 15
  • 1765 - Resolves of the Pennsylvania Assembly on the Stamp Act, September 21
  • 1765 - Resolutions of the Congress of 1765; October 19
  • 1765 - New York Merchants Non-importation Agreement; October 31
  • 1765 - Connecticut Resolutions on the Stamp Act: December 10


  • 1766 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Declaratory Act; March 18
  • 1766 - Great Britain : Parliament - An Act Repealing the Stamp Act; March 18


  • 1767 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Townshend Act, November 20


  • 1768 - Boston Non-Importation Agreement, August 1
  • 1768 - Resolutions of the Boston Town Meeting; September 13


  • 1769 - Charleston Non-Importation Agreement; July 22


  • 1768 - Massachusetts Circular Letter to the Colonial Legislatures; February 11
  • 1768 - Circular Letter to the Governors in America; April 21


  • 1773 - Virginia Resolutions Establishing A Committee of Correspondence; March 12
  • 1773 - Resolutions of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Agreeing to the Virginia Proposal; May 28
  • 1773 - The Philadelphia Resolutions; October 16
  • 1773 - Association of the Sons of Liberty in New York; December 15


  • 1774 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Boston Port Act : March 31
  • 1774 - Circular Letter of the Boston Committee of Correspondence; May 13
  • 1774 - Proceedings of Farmington, Connecticut, on the Boston Port Act; May 19
  • 1774 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Administration of Justice Act; May 20
  • 1774 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Massachusetts Government Act; May 20
  • 1774 - Letter from the New York Committee of Fifty-One to the Boston Committee of Correspondence; May 23
  • 1774 - Letter from Lieutenant-Governor Colden to the Earl of Dartmouth; June 1
  • 1774 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Quartering Act; June 2
  • 1774 - Proceedings of the Inhabitants of Philadelphia; June 18
  • 1774 - The Association of the Virginia Convention; August 1-6
  • 1774 - Great Britain : Parliament - The Quebec Act: October 7,
  • 1774 - Declarations and Resolves of the First Continental Congress; October 14
  • 1774 - The Articles of Association; October 20


  • 1775 - Resolutions of the Provincial Congress of Virginia; March 23
  • 1775 - Patrick Henry - Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death; March 23
  • 1775 - The Mecklenburgh Resolutions; May 20
  • 1775 - The Charlotte Town Resolves; May 31
  • 1775 - Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms; July 6
  • 1775 - Resolution of Secrecy Adopted by the Continental Congress, November 9


  • 1776 - Constitution of New Hampshire; January 5
  • 1776 - Constitution of South Carolina - March 26
  • 1776 - Preamble and Resolution of the Virginia Convention, May 15
  • 1776 - Draft Constitution for Virginia; June
  • 1776 - Lee's Resolution; June 7
  • 1776 - Virginia Declaration of Rights; June 12
  • 1776 - The Constitution of Virginia; June 29
  • 1776 - Constitution of New Jersey; July 2
  • 1776 - Declaration of Independence; July 4
  • 1776 - Plan of the Treaties with France of 1778; September 17
  • 1776 - Treaties with France : Instructions to the Agent September 24
  • 1776 - Constitution of Delaware; September 21
  • 1776 - Constitution of Pennsylvania - September 28
  • 1776 - Constitution of Maryland; November 11
  • 1776 - Constitution of North Carolina; December 18


  • 1777 - Constitution of Georgia; February 5
  • 1777 - Constitution of New York; April 20
  • 1777 - Constitution of Vermont; July 8
  • 1777 - Articles of Convention Between Lieutenant-General Burgoyne and Major General Gates; October 16


  • 1778 - France : Treaties of 1778 and Associated Documents
  • 1778 - Exchange of Notes Referring to Articles 2 and 3 of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce with France of February 6, 1778
  • 1778 - Constitution of South Carolina - March 19
  • 1778 - Ratification of the Treaties with France - Debates in Congress; May 2-6
  • 1778 - Treaty With the Delawares; September 17


  • 1780 - An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery - Pennsylvania; March 1


  • 1781 - Articles of Confederation; March 1
  • 1781 - Articles of Capitulation; October 18


  • 1782 - Contract Between the King and the Thirteen United States of North America, signed at Versailles July 16, 1782
  • 1782 - Preliminary Articles of Peace; November 30


  • 1783 - Declarations for Suspension of Arms and Cessation of Hostilities Jan. 20
  • 1783 - Contract between the King and the Thirteen United States of North America February 25
  • 1783 - Proclamation Declaring the Cesssation of Arms; April 11
  • 1783 - The Paris Peace Treaty 1783 and Associated Documents


  • 1784 - Report on Government for Western Territory; March 1
  • 1784 - Treaty With the Six Nations; October 22


  • 1785 - Treaty With the Wyandot, etc.; January 21
  • 1785 - Treaty of Amity and Commerce With His Majesty the King of Prussia; September 10
  • 1785 - Treaty With The Cherokee; November 28


  • 1786 - Treaty With the Chocktaw; January 3
  • 1786 - Treaty With the Chickasaw; January 10
  • 1786 - Resolution of the General Assembly of Virginia, January 21
  • 1786 - Treaty With the Shawnee; January 31
  • 1786 - Treaty of Peace and Friendship With Morocco; June 28 and July 15
  • 1786 - Constitution of Vermont; July 4
  • 1786 - Proceedings of Commissioners to Remedy Defects of the Federal Government Annapolis Maryland; September 11-14


  • 1787 - Report of Proceedings in Congress; February 21
  • 1787 - Credentials of the Members of the Federal Convention. Commonwealth of Massachusetts; April 9
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Virginia Plan, Presented to the Federal Convention, Text A; May 29.
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Virginia Plan, Presented to the Federal Convention, Text B; May 29.
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Virginia Plan, Presented to the Federal Convention, Text C; May 29.
  • 1787 - The Plan of Charles Pinckney (South Carolina), Presented to the Federal Convention, May 29
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Patterson Plan Presented to the Federal Convention, Text A; June 15
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Patterson Plan Presented to the Federal Convention, Text B; June 15
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Patterson Plan Presented to the Federal Convention, Text C; June 15
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Hamilton Plan Presented to the Federal Convention, Text. A; June 18
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Hamilton Plan Presented to the Federal Convention, Text. B; June 18
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Hamilton Plan Presented to the Federal Convention, Text. C; June 18
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Hamilton Plan Presented to the Federal Convention, Text. D; June 18
  • 1787 - Variant Texts of the Hamilton Plan Presented to the Federal Convention, Text. E; June 18
  • 1787 - Credentials of the members of the Federal Convention : State of New Hampshire; June 27
  • 1787 - Madison's Notes on Debates in the Federal Convention : May - September
  • 1787 - Notes of Alexander Hamilton in the Federal Convention; June 1 - 26
  • 1787 - Notes of Rufus King in the Federal Convention; May 31 - August 8
  • 1787 - Northwest Ordinance; July 13
  • 1787 - United States Constitution; September 17
  • 1787 - Letter of the President of the Federal Convention to the President of Congress, Transmitting the Constitution; September 17
  • 1787 - Resolution of the Federal Convention Submitting the Constitution to Congress, September 17
  • 1787 - Resolution of Congress Submitting the Constitution To the Several States; September 28
  • 1787 - Circular Letter of the Secretary of Congress Transmitting Copy of the Constitution to the Several Governors; September 28
  • 1787 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Delaware; December 7
  • 1787 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Pennsylvania; December 12
  • 1787 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of New Jersey; December 18


  • 1788 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Georgia; January 2
  • 1788 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Connecticut; January 8
  • 1788 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Massachusetts; February 6
  • 1788 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Maryland; April 28
  • 1788 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of South Carolina; May 23
  • 1788 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of New Hampshire; June 21
  • 1788 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Virginia; June 26
  • 1788 - Resolution of Congress Submitting Ratifications of the Constitution to a Committee; July 2
  • 1788 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of New York; July 26
  • 1788 - Resolution of the Congress Fixing Date for Election of a President, and the Organization of the Government Under the Constitution, in the City of New York; September 13
  • 1788 - Convention Defining and Establishing the Functions and Privileges of Consuls and Vice Consuls, signed at Versailles November 14, 1788.


  • 1789 - Treaty With the Wyandot, etc., ; January 9
  • 1789 - Treaty With the Six Nations; January 9
  • 1789 - Resolution of the First Congress Submitting Twelve Amendments to the Constitution; March 4
  • 1789 - Washington's First Inaugural Address; April 30
  • 1789 - The Judiciary Act; September 24
  • 1789 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of North Carolina; November 21


  • 1790 - Washington's First Annual Message to Congress; January 8
  • 1790 - Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Rhode Island; May 29
  • 1790 - Treaty With the Creeks; August 7
  • 1790 - Washington's Second Annual Message to Congress; December 8


  • 1791 - Treaty With the Cherokee; July 2
  • 1791 - Washington's Third Annual Message to Congress; October 25


  • 1792 - Washington's Fourth Annual Message to Congress; November 6


  • 1793 - Washington's Second Inaugural Address; March 4
  • 1793 - The Proclamation of Neutrality; April 22
  • 1793 - Washington's Fifth Annual Message to Congress; December 3


  • 1794 - Treaty With the Cherokee; June 26
  • 1794 - The Whiskey Rebellion; August 7
  • 1794 - Treaty With the Six Nations; November 11
  • 1794 - The Jay Treaty; November 19
  • 1794 - Washington's Sixth Annual Message to Congress; November 19
  • 1794 - Treaty With the Oneida, etc.; December 2


  • 1795 - Greenville, Treaty of; August 3
  • 1795 - Treaty of Peace and Amity With Algeria; September 5
  • 1795 - Treaty of Friendship, Limits, and Navigation With Spain; October 27
  • 1795 - Washington's Seventh Annual Message to Congress; December 8


  • 1796 - Explanatory Article to Article 3 of the Jay Treaty May 5
  • 1796 - Washington's Farewell Address
  • 1796 - Treaty of Peace and Friendship With Tripoli; November 4
  • 1796 - Washington's Eighth Annual Message to Congress; December 7


  • 1797 - John Adam's Inaugural Address; March 4
  • 1797 - Treaty of Peace and Friendship With Tunis; August 28
  • 1797 - John Adam's First Annual Message; November 22


  • 1798 - Explanatory Article to Article 5 of the Jay Treaty March 15
  • 1798 - The Alien and Sedition Acts : July 6 and 14
  • 1798 - Declaration of the Commissioners under Article 5 of the Jay Treaty October 25
  • 1798 - John Adam's Second Annual Message; December 8
  • 1798 - Virginia Resolution : December 24


  • 1799 - Kentucky Resolution : December 3
  • 1799 - John Adams' Third Annual Message; December 3



  • 1800 - Convention With France; September 30
  • 1800 - John Adam's Fourth Annual Message; November 22


  • 1801 - Jefferson's First Inaugural Address; March 4
  • 1801 - Jefferson's First Annual Message; December 8


  • 1802 - Convention Regarding Articles 6 and 7 of the Jay Treaty and Article 4 of the Definitive Treaty of Peace January 8
  • 1802 - Convention for Indemnification With Spain; August 11
  • 1802 - Jefferson's Second Annual Message; December 15


  • 1803 - Louisiana Purchase Treaty; April 30
  • 1803 - Jefferson's Third Annual Message; October 17


  • 1804 - Jefferson's Fourth Annual Message; November 8


  • 1805 - Jefferson's Second Inaugural Address; March 4
  • 1805 - Jefferson's Fifth Annual Message; December 3


  • 1806 - Jefferson's Sixth Annual Message; December 2


  • 1807 - An Act to Provide for Surveying the Coasts of the United States; February 10
  • 1807 - Jefferson's Seventh Annual Message; October 27


  • 1808 - Jefferson's Eighth Annual Message; November 8


  • 1809 - James Madison's First Inaugural Address; March 4


  • 1812 - Declaration of War With Great Britain; June 18


  • 1813 - James Madison's Second Inaugural Address; March 4
  • 1813 - Cartel for the exchange of prisoners of war with Great Britain; May 12


  • 1814 - Treaty of Ghent with Great Britian; December 24


  • 1815 - Treaty of Peace With Algeria; June 30 And July 3
  • 1815 - Convention With Great Britian and Associated Documents; July 3


  • 1816 - Treaty of Peace and Amity With Algeria; December 22 and 23


  • 1817 - James Monroe's First Inaugural Address; March 4
  • 1817 - Exchange of Notes Relative to Naval Forces on the American Lakes; April 28-29


  • 1818 - Convention With Great Britian; October 20


  • 1819 - Treaty of Amity, Settlement, and Limits With His Catholic Majesty; February 22
  • 1819 - Constitution of Alabama; December 6


  • 1821 - James Monroe's Second Inaugural Address; March 5


  • 1823 - Monroe Doctrine; December 2


  • 1824 - Convention of 1824 Amending the Treaty of August 1797, and March 26, 1799 With Tunis; February 24


  • 1825 - Inaugural Address of John Quincy Adams; March 4


  • 1826 - Cemetery in Algiers; March 21


  • 1828 - Treaty With The Potawatami; September 20
  • 1828 - Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation with Brazil; December 12


  • 1829 - First Inaugural Address of Andrew Jackson; March 4
  • 1829 - Treaty of Commerce and Navigation With Austria-Hungary; August 27


  • 1832 - Convention of Peace, Amity, Commerce, and Navigation with Chile; May 16
  • 1832 - Treaty With the Potawatami; October 26
  • 1832 - South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification, November 24
  • 1832 - Andrew Jackson's Proclamation on Nullification, December 10


  • 1833 - Second Inaugural Address of Andrew Jackson; March 4
  • 1833 - Additional Convention to the Treaty of 1832 with Chile; September 1


  • 1836 - The Texas Declaration of Independence : March 2
  • 1836 - Address of the Honorable S. F. Austin, Louisville, Kentucky, March 7
  • 1836 - Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Navigation and Commerce Between the United States and Venezuela; May 31
  • 1836 - Treaty of Peace With Morocco; September 16


  • 1837 - Inaugural Address of Martin Van Buren; March 4


  • 1838 - Texas-American Convention to Terminate Reclamations; April 11
  • 1838 - Texas-American Boundary Convention; April 25


  • 1839 - Samoa: Commerce, Consular Rights, Shipping; November 5


  • 1841 - Inaugural Address of William Henry Harrison; March 4
  • 1841 - Convention with Peru for the Satisfaction of Claims of American Citizens; March 17


  • 1842 - The Webster-Ashburton Treaty and Associated Documents; August 9


  • 1843 - Convention for the surrender of Criminals With France and Associated Documents; November 9


  • 1844 - Convention for the Mutual Abolition of the Droit d'Aubaine and Taxes on Emigration With the Grand Duchy of Hesse; March 26
  • 1844 - Texas Treaty of Annexation; April 12


  • 1845 - Convention for the Mutual Abolition of the Droit d'Aubaine and Taxes on Emigration With his Majesty the King of Bavaria; January 21
  • 1845 - Inaugural Address of James Polk; March 4
  • 1845 - Convention with Saxony for the Mutual Abolition of the Droit d'Aubaine and Taxes on Emigration; May 14
  • 1845 - Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States for the Annexation of Texas; March 1
  • 1845 - Joint Resolution of the Congress of Texas; June 23
  • 1845 - Ordinance of the Convention of Texas; July 4
  • 1845 - Treaty of Commerce and Navigation with Belgium : November 10
  • 1845 - Treaty with the Two Sicilies; December 1


  • 1846 - Convention for the Mutual Abolition of the Droit d'Aubaine and Taxes on Emigration With his Royal Highness the Duke of Nassau; May 27
  • 1846 - Treaty with Hanover of Commerce and Navigation; June 10
  • 1846 - Treaty with Great Britain, in Regard to Limits Westward of the Rocky Mountains; June 15
  • 1846 - Laws for the Government of the Territory of New Mexico; September 22
  • 1846 - Bill of Rights for the Territory of New Mexico; September 22


  • 1847 - Declaration of Accession of His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Oldenburg, Under the Twelfth Article of the Treaty with Hanover. March 10


  • 1848 - Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; February 2
  • 1848 - Convention Relative to Disposal of Property and Consular Jurisdiction With Austria-Hungary; May 8,
  • 1848 - Postal Convention with Great Britain; December 15


  • 1849 - Claims Convention with Brazil; January 27
  • 1849 - Inaugural Address of Zachary Taylor; March 5


  • 1850 - Clayton-Bulwer Treaty; April 19
  • 1850 - Fugitive Slave Act; September 18
  • 1850 - Convention of Friendship, Commerce and Extradition Between the United States and Switzerland; November 25


  • 1852 - Treaty with the Apache, July 1


  • 1853 - Treaty with the Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache; July 27
  • 1853 - Convention With Great Britain; February 8
  • 1853 - Inaugural Address of Franklin Pierce; March 4
  • 1853 - Treaty for the Free Navigation of the Rivers Parana and Uruguay With Argentina; July 10
  • 1853 - Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation With Argentina; July 27
  • 1853 - Extradition Convention with Bavaria; September 13
  • 1853 - Treaty With Mexico; December 30


  • 1854 - Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan; March 31
  • 1854 - Kansas-Nebraska Act; May 30


  • 1856 - Extradition Convention with Austria-Hungary; July 3


  • 1857 - Extradition Convention with Baden; January 30
  • 1857 - Inaugural Address of James Buchanan; March 4


  • 1858 - Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation with Bolivia; May 13
  • 1858 - Treaty of Commerce and Navigation with Belgium : June 17
  • 1858 - Convention for Arbitration of Macedonian Claims with Chile; November 10


  • 1859 - A Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau; October 30


  • 1860 - Democratic Party Platform; June 18
  • 1860 - Amendments Proposed in Congress by Senator John J. Crittenden, December 18
  • 1860 - South Carolina : Declaration of Secession; December 24


  • 1861 - Constitution of Alabama; January 7
  • 1861 - Georgia : Declaration of Secession; January 29
  • 1861 - Texas : Declaration of Secession; February 2,
  • 1861 - Provisional Constitution of the Confederate States of America; February 8
  • 1861 - Amendments Proposed by the Peace Conference, February 8-27
  • 1861 - First Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln; March 4
  • 1861 - Constitution of the Confederate States of America; March 11
  • 1861 - Extradition Treaty with Mexico; December 11
  • 1861 - Postal Convention with Mexico; December 11


  • 1862 - Treaty of Commerce and Navigation With the Ottoman Empire; February 25
  • 1862 - Treaty With Great Britain for the Suppression of the Slave Trade; April 7
  • 1862 - Homestead Act; May 20
  • 1862 - Emancipation Proclamation; September 22


  • 1863 - Additional Article to the Treaty for the Suppression of the African Slave Trade With Great Britain; February 17
  • 1863 - Instructions For the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field by Francis Lieber; April 24
  • 1863 - Convention with Belgium Relative to Import Duties and Capitalization of Scheldt Dues: May 20
  • 1863 - Treaty for the Final Settlement of the Claims of the Hudson's Bay and Puget's Sound Agricultural Companies With Great Britain; July 1
  • 1863 - Convention with Belgium for the Extinguishment of the Scheldt Dues: July 20
  • 1863 - Gettysburg Address; November 19
  • 1863 - Agreement Concerning Admission of Tobacco with Austria-Hungary; December 24


  • 1864 - Simonoseki Indemnities : October 22


  • 1865 - Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln; March 4
  • 1865 - Cape Spartel Lighthouse - May 31
  • 1865 - Treaty with the Cheyenne and Arapaho; October 14
  • 1865 - Treaty with the Apache, Cheyenne, and Arapaho; October 17


  • 1867 - Russian Treaty; March 30
  • 1867 - Treaty With the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache; October 21


  • 1868 - Fort Laramie Treaty; April 29
  • 1868 - Naturalization Treaty with Bavaria; May 26
  • 1868 - Naturalization Convention with Baden; July 19
  • 1868 - Naturalization Convention with Belgium: November 16
  • 1868 - Convention with Belgium Concerning the Rights, Privileges, and Immunities of Consuls: December 5,


  • 1870 - Consular Convention with Austria-Hungary; July 11
  • 1870 - Naturalization Convention with Austria-Hungary; September, 20


  • 1871 - Trade-Mark Convention with Austria-Hungary; November 25


  • 1874 - Extradition Convention with Belgium: March 19
  • 1874 - General Postal Union; October 9


  • 1875 - Treaty of Commerce and Navigation with Belgium: March 8


  • 1878 - Agreement Concerning Trade-Marks with Brazil; September 24




  • 1880 - Consular Convention with Belgium: March 9


  • 1882 - Chinese Exclusion Act; May 6
  • 1882 - Extradition Convention with Belgium: June 13


  • 1884 - Trade-mark Convention with Belgium: April 7


  • 1887 - Dawes Act; February, 8


  • 1892 - Claims Convention with Chile; August 7


  • 1896 - Extradition Convention With Argentina; September 26


  • 1897 - Extradition Convention and Protocol with Brazil; May 14
  • 1897 - Protocol in Regard to the Claim of Patrick Shields Against the Government of Chile; May 24
  • 1897 - Convention with Chile to Revive the Convention of August 7, 1892, to Adjust Amicably the Claims of Citizens of Either Country Against the Other ; May 24


  • 1898 - Treaty of Peace With Spain; December 10



  • 1900 - Extradition Treaty with Chile; April 17
  • 1900 - Extradition Convention with Bolivia; April 21


  • 1901 - Extradition Convention with Belgium: October 26


  • 1902 - Protocol with Brazil Submitting to Arbitration the Claim of George C. Benner Et Al.; September 6


  • 1903 - Agreement Between the United States and Cuba for the Lease of Lands for Coaling and Naval stations; February 23
  • 1903 - Lease to the United States by the Government of Cuba of Certain Areas of Land and Water for Naval or Coaling Stations in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda; July 2
  • 1903 - Convention for the Construction of a Ship Canal (Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty), November 18


  • 1907 - Copyright Proclamation with Austria-Hunagary; September 20


  • 1909 - Arbitration Convention with Austria-Hungary; January 15


  • 1918 - Wilson's Fourteen Points; January 8


  • 1921 - Treaty between the United States of America, the British Empire, France, and Japan, Signed at Washington; December 13


  • 1922 - Treaty between the United of States of America, Belgium, the British Empire, China, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, and Portugal. Signed at Washington February 6


  • 1928 - Kellogg-Briand Pact; August 27


  • 1933 - Additional Protocol to the General Convention of Inter-American Conciliation; December 26
  • 1933 - Anti-war Treaty of Non-aggression and Conciliation (Saavedra Lamas Treaty); October 10
  • 1933 - Inter-American Convention on Extradition; December 26
  • 1933 - Inter-American Convention on the Nationality of Women; December 26
  • 1933 - Inter-American Convention on the Rights and Duties of States; December 26


  • 1934 - Treaty Between the United States of America and Cuba; May 29


  • 1936 - Inter-American Declaration on the Juridical Personality of Foreign Companies; June 25
  • 1936 - Monetary Stabilization; September 25
  • 1936 - Declaration of Principles of Inter-American Solidarity and Cooperation; December 21


  • 1940 - Havana Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the American Republics, July 21-30


  • 1941 - Atlantic Charter; August 9-12


  • 1942 - Rio De Janiero Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the American Republics, January 15-28
  • 1942 - Master Lend-Lease Agreement; February 23
  • 1942 - Anglo-American Mutual Aid Agreement : February 28
  • 1942 - Mutual Aid Agreement Between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics : June 11


  • 1943 - Casablanca Conference; February 12
  • 1943 - The Quebec Conference, August 17-24
  • 1943 - Fulbright Resolution; September 21
  • 1943 - Moscow Conference; October
  • 1943 - Connally Resolution, November 5
  • 1943 - Cairo Conference; November
  • 1943 - Tehran Conference, November 28-December 1


  • 1944 - Declaration by the Secretary of the Treasury on Gold Policy; February 22


  • 1945 - Yalta Conference, February 11
  • 1945 - Agreement Relating to Prisoners of War and Civilians Liberated by Forces Operating Under Soviet Command and Forces Operating Under United States of America Command; February 11
  • 1945 - Inter-American Reciprocal Assistance and Solidarity (Act of Chapultepec); March 6
  • 1945 - Potsdam Conference, July 17-August 2
  • 1945 - International Organizations Immunities Act, December 9
  • 1945 - United Nations Participation Act, December 20


  • 1946 - Participation in UNESCO, July 30


  • 1947 - Treaty of Peace with Bulgaria, February 10
  • 1947 - Treaty of Peace with Romania, February 10
  • 1947 - Truman Doctrine; March 12
  • 1947 - Participation in IRO, July 1
  • 1947 - Rio De Janeiro Conference for the Maintenance of Continental Peace and Security, (The Rio Treaty) August 15-September 2


  • 1948 - Bogota Conference of American States, Charter of the Organization of American States; March 30-May 2
  • 1948 - American Treaty on Pacific Settlement (Pact of Bogota); April 30
  • 1948 - Participation in WHO, June 14


  • 1949 - North Atlantic Treaty; April 4
  • 1949 - Waging Peace in the Americas : Address by Secretary Acheson; September 19
  • 1949 - Amendment of United Nations Participation Act, October 10


  • 1951 - Defense of Greenland: Agreement Between the United States and the Kingdom of Denmark, April 27
  • 1951 - Defense of Iceland: Agreement Between the United States and the Republic of Iceland, May 5
  • 1951 - Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines; August 30
  • 1951 - Security Treaty Between the United States, Australia, and New Zealand (ANZUS); September 1
  • 1951 - Military Facilities in the Azores: Agreement Between Portugal and the United States, September 6
  • 1951 - Security Treaty Between the United States and Japan; September 8
  • 1951 - Military Assistance Agreement Between the United States and Yugoslavia, November 14


  • 1953 - Military Facilities in Spain: Agreement Between the United States and Spain, September 26
  • 1953 - Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States and the Republic of Korea; October 1
  • 1953 - United States Use of Defense Facilities: Agreement Between the United States and the Kingdom of Greece, October 12


  • 1954 - Caracas Declaration of Solidarity; March 28
  • 1954 - Declaration of Caracas; March 28
  • 1954 - United States Atomic Energy Commission. In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer; May 27 - June 29
  • 1954 - Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty (Manila Pact); September 8
  • 1954 - Protocol to the Manila Pact, September 8
  • 1954 - Pacific Charter, September 8
  • 1954 - Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States and the Republic of China; December 2


  • 1959 - The Antartic Treaty, December 1


  • 1960 - The U2 Incident; May 6-11
  • 1960 - Declaration of San José; August 28
  • 1960 - Act of Bogota; September 13
  • 1960 - The RB-47 Airplane Incident : July-September


  • 1961 - Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • 1963 - Equal Pay Act; June 10
  • 1963 - Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Regarding the Establishment of a Direct Communications Link; June 20
  • 1963 - I have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr; August 28


  • 1964 - Tonkin Gulf Incident; August 5


  • 1965 - Voting Rights Act; August 6


  • 1967 - Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies; January 27


  • 1970 - Protocol of Amendment to the Charter of the Organization of American States (Protocol of Buenos Aires); February 27


  • 1971 - Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Measures to Improve the USA-USSR Direct Communications Link; September 30
  • 1971 - Agreement on Measures to Reduce the Risk of Outbreak of Nuclear War Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics - September 30


  • 1972 - Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas; May 25
  • 1972 - Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missle Systems; May 26


  • 1973 - War Powers Resolution; November 7


  • 1984 - Agreement Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to Expand the USA-USSR Direct Communications Link; July 17


  • 1988 - Agreement between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Notifications of Launches of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles; May 31


  • 1990 - Americans with Disabilities Act; July 26



  • 2001 - Executive Order Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty And Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense And the Secretary of Transportation; September 14
  • 2001 - Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People (As Delivered Before Congress) 9:00 P.M. EDT; September 20
  • 2001 - Executive Order Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism; September 24
  • 2001 - Executive Order Establishing the Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council; October 8
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