U.S. History: Pre-Colonial - Before 1600
U.S. History Timeline U.S. History: Colonial America - 1600–1799
U.S. History Timeline: PRE-COLONIAL - Before 1600
Read about major events in U.S. History before 1600, including the explorations of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León.
- North American Indian cultures flourish.
- Norse seaman Leif Ericsson lands in Newfoundland, which he calls Vinland.
- Christopher Columbus, financed by Spain, makes the first of four voyages to the New World. He lands in the Bahamas.
- Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León lands on the coast of Florida.
- Saint Augustine, Florida, settled by the Spanish, becomes the first permanent European colony in North America.