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1690:

  • King William's War begins when the combined forces of the French and the Indians attack towns in New York, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

1691:

  • William Penn makes Delaware a seperate government from Pennsylvania
  • .Maryland is declared a Royal province removing Lord Baltimore from political power.
  • Plymouth Colony becomes part of Massachusetts.

1692:

  • William III takes the throne.
  • Pennsylvania is named a royal colony.
  • Salem Witchcraft trials occur. 20 persons are executed before the trials end.

1693:

  • College of William and Mary is founded in Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • North Carolina is designated.

1694:

  • Colonists sign a peace treaty with the Iroquois to keep them from allying with the French in the future.
  • Pennsylvania is once again named a Proprietary Colony.

1696:

  • Navigation Acts are passed by Parliament that limit all colonial trade to English-built vessels among other things.

1697:

  • The Treaty of Ryswick ends King William's War and restores all colonial possessions to pre-war ownership.

1699:

  • Pirate Captain Kidd is captured and sent to England where he will be executed in 1701.
  • Wool Act is passed by Parliament to protect the British wool industry. It forbids the export of wool from the American colonies.

1700:

  • Massachusetts requires all Roman Catholic priests to leave the colony within three months or be arrested.
  • Boston is the largest city in the American colonies and the overall population of the colonies numbers around 275,000.
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