Timeline of Colonial America

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Pre-Columbian era, to 1500

1000 Norsemen settle the New World

Age of Discovery, 1492–1550

Reign of Elizabeth I of England, 1558–1603

Reign of James I of England, 1603–25

Reign of Charles I of England, 1625–49

English Interregnum, 1649–60

Reign of Charles II of England, 1660–85

Reign of James II of England, 1685–89

Reign of William III and Mary II of England, 1689–1694

Reign of William III of England (as sole monarch), 1694-1702

Reign of Anne, Queen of Great Britain, 1702–14

Reign of George I of Great Britain, 1714–27

Reign of George II of Great Britain, 1727–60

Reign of George III of Great Britain, 1760–83

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