Before 1600

Read about major events in U.S. History before 1600, including the explorations of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León.

c. 12,000 B.C.North American Indian cultures flourish.
American Indian
A.D. 1000Norse seaman Leif Ericsson lands in Newfoundland, which he calls Vinland. Viking ship  
1492 Christopher Columbus, financed by Spain, makes the first of four voyages to the New World. He lands in the Bahamas (Oct. 12).
Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
1513 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León lands on the coast of Florida.  
1565 Saint Augustine, Florida, settled by the Spanish, becomes the first permanent European colony in North America.  

Information Please® Database, © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

U.S. History Timeline1600–1799

More on Before 1600 from Fact Monster:

  • Joseph Ames - Ames, Joseph Ames, Joseph, 1689–1759, English bibliographer. He compiled Typographical ...
  • fraction: Notation for Fractions - Notation for Fractions In writing a fraction, e.g., 2/5 or , the number after or below the bar ...
  • tomato - tomato tomato, plant (Lycopersicon esculentum) of the family Solanaceae (nightshade family), ...