Louisiana Timeline

Historic Events

Pre 1600        1600-1700        1700-1750        1750-1800        1850-1900        1900-1925        1925-1950

Pre 1600

Louisiana - Pre 1600

The Native Indians of Louisiana were the Adai, Alabama, Apalachee, Atakapa, Avoyel, Bayogoula, Biloxi, Caddo, Chatot, Chawasha, Chitimacha, Choctaw, Houma, Koasati, Koroa, Mugulasha, Muskogee, Natchez, Okelousa, Opelousa, Ouachita, Pascagoula, Quapaw, Quinipissa, Souchitioni, Tangipahoa, Tawasa, Washa and Yatasi

Alvarez de Pindea discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1519 followed by Hernando de Soto in 1541.

America - Pre 1600

Ponce de Leon discovered Florida in 1513 and marked the first claim for land in the New World by a European.

In 1524 Giovanni da Verrazano entered what is now New York Harbor.

In 1587 the Roanoke Island colony was established with 117 men, women and children. The leader, John White returned to England for supplies, but when he arrived back at the settlement there was no trace of his people. White's granddaughter, Virginia Dare was the first English colonist to be born in the New World.

The World - Pre 1600

The 16th Century saw the first flush toilets come into use and Nicholas Copernicus, the Polish astronomer, dared to suggest that the earth revolved around the sun.

In 1504 Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa.

In August 1588, Spain launched an attack on Great Britain with its invincible Amada of 130 ships. Under the direction of Elizabeth l, Sir Francis Drake set out and attacked the advancing fleet. But it bad weather, rather than skilled military tactics that finally destroyed Spain's fleet.

The land grab of European nations was in full swing as Portugal claimed Brazil and between 1519 and 1621 Spain claimed Mexico from the Aztecs under the leadership of Fernando Cortes.

William Shakespeare was born in 1564.

The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of 1572 was a very dark day in French history. With approval of  King Charles lX, Huguenots across France were slaughtered for their beliefs. Official estimates are between 4,000 and 30,000 dead, but other figures compiled suggest up to 70,000.