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American History 101 - Lafayette: American Colonies

Thanks to John Fribley - South Bend - for the use of this guide.


Jamestown became the first Permanent English Colony in America in 1607. Visit Virtual Jamestown to explore this exciting time in American colonial life.--"The Virtual Jamestown Archive is a digital research, teaching and learning project that explores the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and The Virginia experiment.'"


Plymouth Colony Archive Project

The Plymouth Colony Archive presents a collection of fully searchable texts, including: court records, colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical profiles of selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies.

Salem Witch Trials 1692, Massachusetts

"Witch Trial-Circa 1692, The trial of George Jacobs for witchcraft at the Essex Institute in Salem, Massachusetts. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images) -- Image Date: 02/01/1754 -- Image Date: 02/01/1754." (n.d.). Image Collection. EBSCO. Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN. 24 February 2015 

Visit these websites for more information on the Salem Witch trials:

Salem Witchcraft Trials, 1692 --Resources for the Salem witchcraft trails

Salem Witch Trials --Documentary Archives and Transcription Project



Dates of Settlement

Thirteen Colonies and the dates of their first permanent settlement

Virginia                     1607

Massachusetts           1620

New Hampshire        1623

New York                 1624

Connecticut               1633

Maryland                   1634

Rhode Island             1636

Delaware                  1638

Pennsylvania             1643

North Carolina          1653

New Jersey               1660

South Carolina          1670

Georgia                     1733

The American Colonies

For more information on the American Colonies, visit this website: History Whiz...for Lovers of History.

Colonial Williamsburg