Christopher Columbus’ three ships makes landfall on the island of San Salvador claiming the New World for Spain’s monarchs, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile.
HISTORICAL TIMELINE: 1490 – 1650
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Michelangelo finished his painting in the Sistine Chapel.
Martin Luther nails his “Ninety-five Theses” on the door of All Saints church in Wittenberg, Germany starting the Protestant Reformation.
Jacques Cartier, searching for the Northwest Passage, discovers the St. Lawrence River, plants a cross on modern day Quebec and claimed the land for France.
Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River.
Polish scholar, Nicolaus Copernicus postulates that the earth revolves around the sun.
Spanish explorers landed at St. Augustine, Florida, the earliest successful settlement in the future continental United States.
Sir Walter Raleigh founds Roanoke Colony, the first English settlement in the New World.
Establishment of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
Henry Hudson explores the Hudson River and sails as far north as Albany.
The Dutch establish a fur trading center with the Native Americans on Manhattan Island.
First African slaves in English North America arrive at Jamestown. House of Burgesses was formed in Jamestown, the first democratically elected legislative in English North America.
The Plymouth Colony is founded and the Mayflower Compact signed.
Dutch establishes a fur trading post at Fort Orange at what is now Albany, New York.
With fish hooks and trinkets, the Dutch buy Manhattan Island from the Warpinger Indians.
Massachusetts Bay Colony founded.
December 31, 1634
Dutch explorer Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert left Fort Orange (Albany), and passed around the little falls, possibly south of Fall Hill, while visiting Iroquois Indian villages on his way to Oneida Lake. Most likely, he was the first white person to have visited this area.
December 31, 1634
Harvard College established by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
French and Iroquois Wars escalate to full warfare.
Father Isaac Jogues, a French Jesuit priest stationed in Quebec, was captured by the Mohawk Indians on August 3, 1642, and held prisoner for thirteen months during which time he was cruelly tortured. Sometime during his imprisonment, he was taken to the western Iroquois tribes, passing by the little falls, possibly detouring over Fall Hill to avoid the rapids.
Little Falls Historical Society Update
To help support NYS and US efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our visitors and staff, the Little Falls Historical Society Museum is temporarily closed to the public until it is safe to reopen. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to resuming operation whenever possible. We will continue to follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Governor’s Office, and federal government. Check back here for updates.
We encourage you to stay connected with us online.
Additionally, our 2020 Writing Series began in April and will continue to be published in the Times Telegram and on our website.
Please continue to stay safe and well.
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