|The following time line shows major events in American History. Click on any of the events for more detail.|
|Native Americans||Christopher Columbus||European Exploration||Pilgrims - The First Thanksgiving||The British Colonies|
|The French and Indian War||Missions of California (1769-1834)||The American Revolution||The Louisiana Purchase||The War of 1812|
|The California Gold Rush||The Civil War||The Mexican War||World War I||The Great Depression|
|World War II||The Moon Landing||Vietnam War||US Presidents||US Symbols|
Native Americans were the first people to live in North America. There were many Native American tribes living throughout North America. Check out the following links to learn more about these tribes, their culture and their life.
Christopher Columbus was the first recorded explorer to discover North America
The European Explorers
The European explorers came in search of wealth and new land.
The news that Christopher Columbus had discovered, what was thought to be, a western route to the East Indies spread through Europe. Other European countries began to send explorers. Like Columbus, they were looking for gold, silver, silk and other valuables. They were also looking for new land to claim for their country. They soon discovered what Columbus had actually found was North America.