Do you know which event in Early American history was a milestone for freedom of press or who received the first American patent for salt-making?
Studying Early American homeschool history should also include learning about culture, science, art and even sports. All of it embodies who Americans are today.
And when the temperature changes to a bit cooler outside, it’s a great time to focus on Early American history events that happened in fall.
Grouping events by season is another way to have your middle or high school student remember things.
Look at these 10 Early American history events that happened in fall, which homeschool middle or high School kids can learn about.
10 Early American History Events that Happened in Fall
ONE/ September 8, 1565. Spanish naval officer Pedro Menendez de Aviles founds St. Augustine, in northern Florida, the first permanent European colony in America.
TWO/ November 21, 1620. The Mayflower Compact was signed aboard ship on November 11, 1620 by the Pilgrims. They used the Julian calendar, also known as Old Style dates, which, at that time, was ten days behind the Gregorian calendar. Signing the covenant were 41 of the ship’s 101 passengers while the Mayflower was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor within the hook at the northern tip of Cape Cod.
THREE/ September 30, 1630. John Billington, a Pilgrim, is hanged for murder. He is the first criminal to suffer capital punishment in the American colonies.
FOUR/ October 28, 1636. Harvard College, the first college in America, is founded in a single frame house and college yard at Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the purpose of educating young men for the Puritan clergy.
FIVE/ November 7, 1637. Anne Hutchinson is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for preaching her belief that faith, not strict adherence to any body of orthodox theology, is sufficient for salvation.
SIX/ October, 1641. The first American patent is issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony to Samuel Winslow for a salt-making process.
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SEVEN/ October, 1734. John Peter Zenger, publisher of the New York Weekly Journal is arrested for seditious libel when he prints criticism of Governor William Cosby. Andrew Hamilton defends him at trial in 1735 and secures his acquittal on the grounds that the truth can never be deemed libelous. The decision is a milestone in the principal of freedom of the press.
EIGHT/ October, 1763. King George III issues a proclamation setting the Appalachian Mountains as the western limit of English settlement hoping to end a war between English colonists and Native Americans by stopping white invasion onto Native American lands. This proclamation of 1763 brings temporary peace among some Native Americans but frontier settlers are outrages. Many historians see this defiance as the seed of the American Revolution.
NINE/ September 9, 1776. The name “United States of America” is officially created by the Continental Congress.
TEN/ September 3, 1783. British and American negotiators (including Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, John Adams and Henry Laurens) conclude the Treaty of Paris, ending the American Revolution and securing American Independence.
Don’t make the study of fun facts boring. Read about them, cover them and research if your student wants to or simply read them and move on.
Each event though makes for a great unit study and the best part is that they are easy to remember because they all happened in the fall.
Look at my other unit studies about American history to go with this one.
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