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Historical Timeline
   
   
Antigua
   
 
 World
VC Bird Senior dies at 89
    1999
 
 
     
1989 
Fall of the Berlin Wall
      1986
Jean Claude Duvalier flees Haiti
     
1983
US invades Grenada
Antigua receives Independence November 1st with VC Bird as first Prime Minister
 
1981
 
 
Antigua hosts its first Cricket Test Match at the St. John's Recreation Grounds
 
1980
 
 
     
1979
New Jewel Movement, under the leadership of Maurice Bishop and Bernard Coard, takes power in Grenada
Andy Roberts and Vivian Richards make their cricketing debuts
 
1974
 
 
Sugar industry closes
 
 1971
1971
Papa Doc, Francois Duvalier dies leaving 19 year old son, Baby Doc, his successor and President for life
     
1969
Americans land on moon.
       
 
       
 
Antigua acheives Statehood
and hosts its first Antigua Sailing Week
 
1967
 
 
     
1962
Cuban Missile Crisis
Barbuda becomes a constituency
Dockyard restored and opened
 
1961
 1961
US failed invasion Bay of Pigs
     
 1959
Castro institutes a communists dictatorship in Cuba
     
 1953
1950
Korean War
     
 1949
Mao Tse Tung takes power in China
VC Bird Senior becomes President of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union
 
1943
1945
Second World War ends
Formation of Antigua Trades and Labour Union, President Reginal St. Clair Stevens
 
1939
1939 
Second World War begins (1939-1945))
     
1936
Spanish Civil War
     
1926
The British Empire becomes a Commonwealth
Labour Riots 2 people killed and 13 wounded
 
1918
 
 
     
1917
The Russian Revolution
     
1914
First World War (1914-1918)
     
1901
England's Victorian Period ends
British Naval Withdraws
 
1890
 

Dockyard closes
 
1889
 
 
Codrington Lease on Barbuda Ends
 
1870
 
 
     
1861
American Civil War (1861-1865)
British Parliament ordered the annexation of Barbuda and deemed a Dependancy of Antigua
 
1860
 
 
67th Regiment the last stationed on Shirley Heights 
 
1854
 
 
British Military begins Withdrawl
 
1850
 
 
     
1808
Napoleon overthrows the King of Spain Fernando VII and places his brother Joseph on the throne
     
1837
England's Victorian Period begins (1837-1901)
Emancipation
 
1834
 
 
     
1815
Napoleonic Wars end
     
1807
Britain abolishes the slave trade
     
1805
Battle of Trafalgar
     
1803
Napoleonic Wars begin (1803-1815)
Horatio Nelson served as Commander of the Northern Division of the Leeward Islands at the Dockyard
 
 1784
/1787
   
Govenor Sir Thomas Shirley ordered Shirley Height to be built 
 
1781
 
 
     
1776
13 English Colonies declare their independence, July 4th, (USA)
     
1773 
Boston Tea Party.
Prince Klaas executed, at what is now called the Recreation Grounds, for planning a slave uprising. 6 put out to dry and 58 burned at the stake
 
1736
 
 
     
1850
1760
Industrial Revolution in England
Dockyard becomes the base for a squaudron of ships for patrolling the West Indies
 
 1725
 
 
Great Fort George built inorder to serve as a place of last refuge able to hold the entire population of Antigua at the time, 1200 people. 
 
1689
 
 
Christopher and John Codrington lease Barbuda which lasts nearly 200 years under successive Condrington family members
 
1685
 
 
Christopher Codrington comes to Antigua bringing with him latest Sugar Technology resulting in sugar being the main island crop 
 
1674
 
 
First two forts built on the island, Blake Island in Falmouth Harbour and Rat Island in St. John's.
 
 1672
 
 
Act passed to build St. John's Harbour
 
1668
 
 
Antigua is returned to the British due to the Treaty of Breda
 
1667
 
 
French Invasion and occupation
 
1666
 
 
Lord Willoughby founded Parham
 
1663
 
 
     
1653 
Taj Mahal is built in India
Antigua has a population of 750
 
1646
 
 
     
1640 
Sugarcane is introduced to Leeward Islands
     
1636 
English Parliament authorises the sale of Africans for life
Successful English settlement by Edward Warner in Falmouth
 
1632
 
 
Unsuccessful settlement attempt made by French privateer, Captain d'Escambuc
 
1629
 
 
Settlement attempt made by friend of the Earl of Carlisle, Mr. Williams in Carlisle Bay Valley,Claremont
 
1629
 
 
Earl of Carlise claims Antigua but settles in Barbados
 
1625
 
 
Antigua, St. Kitt's, Nevis and Barbuda taken under the protection of Braitain
 
1624
 
 
     
 1587
Sir Walter Raleigh found the first English Colony in North America, North Carolina
     
 1543
Copernicus publishes his theory that the Sun is the centre of the Universe, and that the Earth revolves around it.
     
 1542
Spanish Crown abolishes Indian Slavery in the new world.
     
 
 
Spaniard Captain Don Antionio Seranno failed attempt to settle Antigua
 
1520
 
 
     
 1498
Columbus introduces encomienda in Santo Domingo, paving the way for Indian Slavery.
Columbus sails by Waladli naming the island, Santa Maria la Antigua
 
1493
 
 
     
 1492
Columbus arrives in the "New World" landing on San Salvador, in the Bahamas 1492
 
 
 1300
 
 
   
600
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
Late Ceramic Age Beginning
 
1300
 
 
 
   
1295
1271
Marco Polo travels to China
     
1100 
Inca Empire
 
   
800 
Charles the Great is crowned Emperor
 
   
c650 
Chinese invent Porcelain
 
   
622 
Mahommed marchs from Mecca to Medina, beginning of Muslem era
Ceramic Age Progessing to Late Ceramic Age 
 
600
 
 
 
   
1453
476
Middle Ages and Feudalism begins
 
   
423
375
Attila the Hun invades various regions of Europe 375-425
 Carbondates place settlement at Royalls (c250-c650)
 
 c250
300

Mayan Culture 300-900ad

     
139 
Hadrian's Wall Completed
Ceramic Age Beginning
 
0
Birth of Christ
 
 

44
Julius Caesar Murdered
 
 

51
Cleopatra rules Egypt (51-31bc)
 
   
55
Julius Caesar invades Britain
Archaic settlement at
Five Island Gap, Antigua
 
c71
71
Spartacus leads slave revolt against Rome
 
   
c100
Chinese develope the use of paper
 
   
221
Great Wall of China
     
c264
First gladiator games
 Archaic Age Ending
 
c300
c300
Temple of the Sun at Teotihaucan, Mexico
 
 

323
Alexander the Great dies marking the end of Classic Greek Culture
Archaic settlement at Cloverleaf, Antigua 
 

c383

 
 

384
Birth of Greek Philosopher Aristotle (384-322bc)
     
 399
Trail and execution of Greek philosopher Socrates
 
 
563
Birth of Buddha
 
 

776
First recorded Olympic Games
 
 

750
 Iron Age (750bc-42ad)
 
   
753
Roman Empire is founded
     
900 
The Iliad and the Odyessy perhaps written by Greek poet Homer
 
   
c1193
Greeks destroy Troy
 
 

1200
Classic Greek Culture begins
Archaic settlement at Hand Point, Antigua
 
c1317
 
 
Archaic settlement at Deep Bay, Antigua
 
c1387
 
 
Archaic settlement at Jolly Beach, Antigua
 
c1775
 
 
 
     
 
 
   
c2540
Pharaoh Khafre completes building of the Great Sphinx of Giza
 
   
c2680
Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) completes contruction of the Great Pyramid at Giza
 
   
2494
2813
 Egyptian Pyramids
Archaic Settlement at Twenty Hill, Antigua
 
c2910
   
Archaic Age Beginning
 
c3000
 
 
     
3500 
Olmeca Culture (3500bc-300ad)
     
c4000 
Henge Monuments c4000-1500bc
 
   
8300

 Neolithic and Bronze Ages (8300-750bc)

         
Historical Period
       
Late Ceramic Age
       
Early Ceramic Age
       
Archaic Age
       
         
Sources:
Desmond Nicholson
Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda. A Historical Sketch

Jan Rogozinski
A Brief History of the Caribbean from the Arawak and the Carib to the Present
1994 Meridian Publishers

Dale Hoyt Palfrey
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/history.html

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/timelines

Factmonster
" 599 1 B.C. World History." Factmonster.
© 2002 Family Education Network.
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