Harriet Tubman

Timeline of Harriet Tubman's Life

1530s-
Spanish ships bring the first slaves from Africa to Noth America.
1619-
First slaves arrive in Jamestown.
1776-
The colonies declare independence from Great Britian. Black slaves fight alongside Whites during the war.
1831-
Nat Turner slave rebellion.
1839-
Amistad rebellion and famous court case.
1818-
Fredrick Douglass born.
1820-
Harriet Tubman born around this time (exact date unknown) in Dorchester County, Maryland. Her given name is Araminta Ross.
1832-
Harriet suffers head injury around this time, resulting in occasional blackouts for the rest of her life.
1840-
Harriet's father is freed.
1844-
Harriet marries John Tubman, local freeman.
1840s-
First mention of the phrase "Underground Railroad" is seen in printed pamphlets and articles.
1849-
Harriet escapes to Philadelphia after he owner, Edward Brodess, dies.
1850-
Harriet returns to Dorchester County to lead the first group of slaves to freedom. Fugitive Slave Act passes as an attempt to hold the Union together.
1857-
Harriet Tubman brings her parents to safety and freedom in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.
1858-
Harriet meets albotionist John Brown.
1859-
John Brown leads unsuccessful raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia; he is captured, convicted of treason and murder, and executed.
1860-
Harriet goes back to Maryland on her last rescue mission for the Underground Railroad.
1861-
Cicil War begins after Confederate troops in South Carolina fire on Fort Sumter.
1862-
Harriet works as a nurse for the Union in South Carolina. Abraham Lincoln announces Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in Confederate states on January 1, 1863.
1863-
Harriet Tubman works as a scout and a spy and helps plan and lead a Union raid on Confederate posts in South Carolina.
1865-
Civil War ends; Abraham Lincoln is assassinated.
1867-
Harriet's former husband, John Tubman, dies in Dorchester County, Maryland.
1869-
Harriet marries Nelson Davis, a former soldier and black veteran of the Civil War.
1888-
Harriet's husband Nelson Davis dies.
1895-
Harriet purchases 25 acres (10 ha) of land that borders her property in Auburn, New York.
1903-
Harriet helps found Home for the Aged.
1913-
Harriet Tubman dies in New York.