Timeline Project

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Assignment Instructions

For this assignment you will be divided into three groups (we will do that in class on Friday, January 29), one corresponding to each of the major regions we are considering in the course. You will then select from the list below one event for which you will be responsible on the class timeline.

Your task is to do the following:

  1. Conduct enough research to place the event, person, or place on the timeline both in space and time. That is, you should know enough to fill in a title (the name of the term, most likely), a date or range of dates, and a location (to the extent possible). For the location, keep in mind that you will need to use modern place names for it to work with Google Maps.
  2. Develop a brief description (ca. 50 words) that you can include on the timeline.
  3. If possible, include an image, video, or other media.
  4. You should use at least two sources (primary or secondary) for the entry.

You should take careful notes about what sources you use. You are allowed to use printed sources in the library, and online sources whose reputations check out. For this part of the assignment, you may not use Wikipedia. The timeline entry should be entered into the Google spreadsheet by Monday, February 8 at 12:30pm.

After having entered the information into the timeline, please write a blog post of about 500 words in which you will detail your research process, discussing both what sources you found and how you evaluated them to create the timeline entry (you should include a bibliography of sources in Chicago-style format at the end of the post—and no, the bibliography does not count towards the word count). As part of that entry, you should check on whether there is a Wikipedia entry for your term, and read it carefully (including any citations and endnotes). In your blog post, you should discuss how the Wikipedia entry treats your subject. What points did it emphasize? How do its sources compare to what you used?

The blog post is also due on Monday, February 8, at 12:30pm, though you are of course welcome to post it at any time after you enter the timeline event. At that point each will receive a grade.

During the course of the semester as we discuss various topics and issues, you may update the timeline entry, and I will re-grade the timeline assignment at the end of the semester. You are of course also welcome to write an additional blog post explaining any changes you make and why.


North America

  1. Pueblo Revolt
  2. Covenant Chain
  3. William Johnson
  4. Joseph Brant
  5. Powhatan
  6. Massasoit
  7. Neolin
  8. Pontiac’s Rebellion
  9. Samson Occom
  10. Eleazer Wheelock / Dartmouth College
  11. King Philip’s War
  12. Cahokia
  13. Pequot War
  14. George Croghan
  15. John Eliot, Algonquian-language Bible
  16. Mary Rowlandson, Sovereignty and Goodness of God
  17. Roger Williams, A Key into the Language of America
  18. Alexander McGillivray


Central America

  1. Tenochtitlan
  2. Hernán Cortes
  3. Moctezuma II
  4. Bartolomé de las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
  5. Hispaniola smallpox epidemic
  6. Tepehuán Revolt
  7. Hernando de Soto
  8. Cuauhtémoc
  9. Mixtón War
  10. Triple Alliance
  11. Diego Muñoz Camargo
  12. Tayasal
  13. Requirimiento
  14. Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, General History of the Things of New Spain
  15. Acosta, Natural and Moral History of the Indies


South America

  1. Tupac Amaru II Rebellion
  2. Túpac Amaru I
  3. Manco Inca Yupanqui
  4. Juan Santos Atahualpa
  5. Potosí
  6. Francisco de Toledo
  7. Francisco Pizarro
  8. Machu Picchu
  9. Atahualpa
  10. Expulsion of the Jesuits
  11. Resettlement of the Indies