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A LIST OF DATES BEARING UPON
First expedition of Cabot
1497 Second Patent to Cabot
1498 Formal possession taken of Newfoundland by Sir H. Gilbert 1583 Formal possession taken of Virginia
1584 First Charter of Virginia Company
1609 Bermudas settled
1609-1612 Settlement in New England of Mayflower Pilgrims
1620 Grant of Nova Scotia to Sir W. Alexander
1623 Barbados settled
1624-1625 Revocation of Charter of Virginia Company
1624 Charter of Massachusetts Bay Company .
1629 English capture of Quebec
1629 Treaty of St Germain-en-Laye
1632 Grant of Maryland to Lord Baltimore
1632 Committee of Privy Council for administering Colonies .
1634 Parliamentary Commissioners for administering Colonies
1643 Navigation Ordinance
1651 Conquest of Jamaica
1655 Navigation Act
1660 Council for Foreign Plantations
1661 Charter to Connecticut
1662 Rhodes Island
1663 Charters of Carolina to Lord Shaftesbury and others 1663 and 1665 Conquest of New Amsterdam (New York)
1664 Treaty of Breda (restoration of Acadia to France)
1667 Charter of Hudson's Bay Company
1670 Abolition of Council for Trade and Plantations
1674 Committee of Privy Council for Trade and Plantations Charter to Penn of Pennsylvania .
1681 Revocation of Charter of Massachusetts
1683 Conquest of Port Royal by Phipps
1690 New Charter of Massachusetts
Board of Trade
1696 Peace of Ryswick (restoration of Acadia)
1697 Conquest of Acadia by Nicholson
1710 Abortive Canada Expedition of Hill
1711 Treaty of Utrecht (Acadia (Nova Scotia) becomes a British Possession)
1713 Foundation of Georgia
1732 Outbreak of War between England and Spain
1739 War of the Austrian Succession
1740 Capture of Louisbourg by New England Colonists
1745 Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle (restoration of Cape Breton to France) 1748 Albany Congress
1754 Disaster at Monongahela River
1755 Fall of Louisbourg ·
1760 Treaty of Paris
1763 Stamp Act .
1765 Duties upon Tea, etc.
1767 Appointment of new Secretary of State for American Affairs 1768 American Congress
1774 Quebec Act.
1774 Declaration of Independence
1776 Surrender of Burgoyne
1781 Battle of the Saints
1782 Abolition of American Secretaryship and of Board of Trade 1782 Treaty of Versailles
1783 Committee of Privy Council for Trade and Plantations
1784 Foundation of New South Wales .
1788 Canada Act.
1791 First Conquest of Cape of Good Hope
1795 Formal junction of War and Colonial Departments
1801 Abolition of Slave Trade .
1807 Beginnings of Constitutional Government in Australia 1823 and 1828 Van Diemen's Land separated from New South Wales .
1825 Foundation of Western Australia .
1829 Land Regulations and Appointment of Emigration Commissioners 1831 Emancipation of Slaves
1833 Foundation of South Australia
1836 Exodus of Dutch Farmers.
1836 Land and Emigration Commissioners
1840 Annexation of New Zealand
1840 Canada Reunion Act
Representative Government instituted and developed in New
1842 and 1850 Victoria separated from New South Wales
1850 Annexation of Natal
18.43 Free Trade .
1816 Assumption of Orange River Sovereignty
1848 Repeal of Navigation Acts
1849 Sand River Convention
1852 U New Zealand Constitution Act
1852 Cape Colony Constitution .
1854 Abandonment of Orange River Sovereignty New Secretaryship of State for the Colonies Australian Constitution Acts (Responsible Government instituted) 1855 Merchant Shipping Act
1855 Foundation of British Columbia
1858 Queensland separated from New South Wales
1859 British North America Act
1867 Cessation of Transportation to Australia . Responsible Government in Cape Colony
1872 Annexation of Transvaal
1877 Pretoria Convention
1881 London Convention
1884 London Colonial Conference
1887 Charter to Royal Niger Company.
1886 British East Africa Company
1888 British South Africa Company
1889 Grant of Responsible Government to Western Australia
1890 Grant of Responsible Government to Natal
1893 Ottawa Colonial Conference