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It is not clear to me whether we are to include the settling of Jamestown and the French and Indian War in the six events. I will provide six events that happened between the settling of Jamestown and the war. If you don’t need that many, you can always leave two of them out.
The first event that I will list is the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619. This is important because it marked the beginning of African slavery in the American colonies. Slavery would, of course, help lead to the Civil War and its effects are still felt in our society today.
The second event is the coming of the Pilgrims to New England. This happened in 1620. This is important because the Pilgrims created a new set of colonies in America and because their religious beliefs affected the development of the colonies and the US.
Third is King Phillip’s War, which happened in 1675-6. This was important because it shows the ways in which the colonists were pushing Native Americans out of the lands that the colonists wanted.
Fourth is Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. This is important because it shows some of the tensions that existed between rich, coastal elites and the poorer inhabitants of the backwoods areas of the colonies.
Fifth is the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. These trials show the importance of religion in the lives of early Americans. They also show the ways in which people can turn against others largely because those others are different and weak.
Finally, there is the Great Awakening that began in the 1730s. This religious revival helped to spread ideas of liberty and individuality in the American colonies. These ideas would help lead to the American Revolution.
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