American History Timeline - 1601 - 1625

1601 - 1625

Engraving of Pocahontas
Engraving of Pocahontas (Matoaka or Lady Rebecca). Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-8104


  • Sir Walter Raleigh is imprisoned in the Tower of London for a plot against King James I.


  • Captain Bartholomew Gosnold is the first Englishman to land on the New England coast.



  • Virginia Company of London is granted a Royal Charter to settle in the New World.


  • Jamestown is founded under the patent of the London Company.
  • Captain John Smith meets Pocahontas.


    • Captain John Smith writes A True Relation of Such Occurences and Accidents of Noate(sic) as Hath Hapned(sic) in Virginia Since the First Planting of That Collony(sic).


    • English explorer Henry Hudson explores the Delaware Bay and Hudson River.


    • Thomas West, Lord Delaware, was made Governor of Virginia.
    • Henry Hudson discovers Hudson Bay.


    • Henry Hudson dies after being put off his ship by mutineers.


    • Captain John Smith writes A Map of Virginia.
    • The Dutch use Manhattan as a fur trading center.
    • Tobacco planted for the first time by English colonists in Virginia.


    • English Colonists in Virginia destroy the French settlements at Port Royal, Nova Scotia.


    • Sir Walter Raleigh writes The History of the World.
    • Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.


    • Sir Walter Raleigh released from the Tower of London.
    • John Rolfe and Pocahontas travel to England. Pocahontas has been given the title Lady Rebecca.
    • William Baffin discovers Baffin Bay while searching for a Northwest passage.
    • Captain John Smith writes A Description of New England.
    • A smallpox epidemic decimates the New England Native American population.


    • Sir Walter Raleigh sets sail for Guiana.
    • Pocahontas dies in Gravesend, United Kingdom.


    • Sir Walter Raleigh returns to England and is executed.


      • The first representative colonial assembly, the House of Burgesses, was formed in Virginia.
      • First slaves in North America.



      • Sir Francis Wyatt becomes the new governor of Virginia.
      • English attempt to colonize Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
      • John Carver dies.
      • The Dutch West Indies Company is chartered.


      • William Bradford became the governor of Plymouth Colony.


      • New Netherlands is organized in America.
      • First English settlement in New Hampshire is founded by David Thomas.


      • Virginia Company's charter is revoked.
      • Virginia becomes a Crown Colony.
      • Sir Francis Wyatt remains Governor of Virginia.
      • George Fox is born who will become the founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers).
      • Captain John Smith writes A General Historie(sic) of Virginia, the Summer Isles and New England.
      • The Dutch settle in New Amsterdam.


      • King James I dies and is succeeded by Charles I.

      Source: Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M., ed. "The Almanac of American History." Barnes & Nobles Books: Greenwich, CT, 1993.

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