1400-1799 - 1400-1799

14oos: The first European colonizers arrived in what is now the US, beginning relationships detrimental to indigenous communities

1542?: Indigenous child kidnapped by Florentine explorers/ colonizers-kidnaping/ murder of indigenous children & women continues to this day

1619: More than 20 enslaved Africans are kidnapped and taken to Virginia, opening a new chapter of slavery

1776: The Declaration of Independence is signed, marking the birth of the United States as a nation. 

1778-1780: An estimated 1 in 17 Native Hawaiians died within 2 years of Captain Cook’s arrival

1778-79: Captain Cook arrives in Hawaii and dies in Hawaii, bringing STIs & other infectious diseases