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West Virginia History Timeline

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Was part of Virginia until statehood
Statehood: West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863
Constitution: 35th State to be admitted to the Union
State Motto: "Mountaineers are always free"

The Native Indians of Virginia included the Cherokee, Iroquois, Manahoac, Meherrin, Monacan, Nottaway, Occaneechi, Saponi and Shawnee tribes

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1584

 

March 25 Queen Elizabeth I of England granted a charter to Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618) to search and discover 'remote and heathen lands'

1584

 

April 27 Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe reach Roanoke Island in July, authorised by Sir Walter Raleigh, claim the land and return to England in September

1585

 

Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618) led expeditions to both North America and South America in order to found new settlements and find gold. Raleigh sends several shiploads of colonists to the east coast of North America and names Virginia in honour of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

1585

 

Sir Walter Raleigh's fleet of seven vessels under Sir Richard Grenville (1541 - 1591) reach Roanoke Island in June

1586

 

The colonists on Roanoke Island are forced to return to England due to hardships

1587

 

John White ( 1540? - 1606 ) with 150 men, women, and children sent by Sir Walter Raleigh and found the City of Raleigh & establishes a second English colony at Roanoke and becomes Governor

1587

 

August 18 - Elinor White Dare gave birth to a daughter, Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in the New World

1587

 

August 22 1587 - John White returns to England for more supplies leaving the thriving colony. Seven assistants are left in charge with strict instructions that if the colonists should decide to leave the fort, they would carve their destination on a tree and add a Maltese cross if they had to leave because of attack

1590

 

August 15 1590 John White arrives back to Roanoke to find that the settlers have all disappeared. The word "CROATOAN" is found carved into a tree without any crosses or signs of distress. The fate of "The Lost Colony" still remains a mystery

1602

 

Sir Walter Raleigh sends Samuel Mace of Weymouth on a voyage to Virginia (North Carolina) to explore and search for survivors of the Lost Colony

1606

 

10 April 1606 English investors form the London Virginia Company are backed by a royal charter to finance permanent English settlements in the New World

1607

 

Virginia Colony established by colonists dispatched by the London Company found the first permanent settlement at Jamestown

1609

 

Henry Hudson (1565-1611) English and navigator explores the area

1612

 

John Rolfe (1585 - 1622) exports first crop of improved tobacco

1614

 

John Rolfe and Pocahontas marry at Jamestown on April 5 1614

1671

 

Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam establish English claims to the Ohio Valley

1722

 

Virginia government allows families to live rent-free for ten years on land owned by the state

1722

 

Iroquois surrender claims to land south of the Ohio River in addition to counties in the eastern panhandle

1725

 

Northern part of western Virginia explored by fur trader John Van Nehne

1732

 

Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and German pioneers settle the western portions of Virginia including Harper's Ferry

1744

 

Territory ceded to the English by Indians of the Six Nations

1748

 

"The Harpers Ferry" begins carrying passengers across the Shenandoah River

1756

 

1756 - 1763: The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.

1775

 

1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America. The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies. George Washingtonled the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence

1776

 

July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence

1778

 

July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces

1783

 

September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain

1812

 

1812 - 1815 - The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence

1861

 

West Virginia was part of Virginia until the area refused to endorse the ordinance of secession

1859

 

John Brown raided Harpers Ferry and set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War.

1861

 

1861 - 1865: The American Civil War. outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, a known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.

1863

 

Statehood - The Date that West Virginia was admitted to the Union - June 20, 1863. Constitution - West Virginia was the 35th State to be admitted to the Union . State Motto - " Montani Semper Liberi " the State Motto is translated as " Mountaineers are always free "

1865

 

The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy

1865

 

1865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery.

1865

 

The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy

1898

 

1898-1901 The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines.

West Virginia Timeline

Origin of the State name - Until 1861 West Virginia was originally part of the State of Virginia which was named to honor Queen Elizabeth I of England, referred to as the "Virgin Queen."

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