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William, his family, and friends. For example, William is 7 years old when In March, the first permanent settlement in South Carolina is established at Albemarle Point (Charles Town, SC).
||Sir Isaac Newton invents calculus
||The laws of gravity are defined by Isaac Newton; France invades Rhine as Dutch open dikes to flood Amsterdam to keep it from falling under French rule.
||In March, the first permanent settlement in South Carolina is established at Albemarle Point (Charles Town, SC).
||Pennsylvania is founded after William Penn, a Quaker, receives a Royal charter and land grant from King Charles II.
||By the early 1700's, Virginia and Maryland have established a strong economic and social structure. The planters of the tidewater region, with abundant slave labor, have large houses, an aristocratic way of life, and a desire to follow the art and culture of Europe. Less wealthy German and Scots-Irish immigrants settle inland, populating the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as well as the Appalachian Mountains. Those on the frontier build small cabins and cultivate corn and wheat.
||The population of American colonists reaches 475,000. Boston (pop. 12,000) is the largest city, followed by Philadelphia (pop. 10,000) and New York (pop. 7000)
||Map of US Colonies
||James Oglethorpe establishes the Georgia Colony in the new world. The new settlers form friendships with the Creek Indian Nation towns in this area. Georgia is the thirteen English colony to be settled.
||Great Fire of London
||Hudson Bay Company formed (English)
||England's Test Act excludes Roman Catholics from holding office
||England's Bill of Rights created. European Nine Year's War begin and grows into a world-wide event. It ends in 1697.
||Ireland's Battle of Boyne
||National debt begins in England
||Tsar Peter the Great begins traveling Europe
||England's Act of Settlement created; War of Spanish Succession begins
||Scotland and England unite to form "Great Britain"
||War of Spanish Succession ends
||System of forced labor to build roads in France is devised by Jean Orry
||King George's War against North America and Caribbean begins