African-American history. African-American history is the portion of American history that specifically discusses the African-American or Black American ethnic groups in the United States.
Most African Americans are the descendants of captive Africans held in the United States (or territories that would become the United States) from 1619 to 1865. Blacks from the Caribbean whose ancestors immigrated, or who immigrated to the U.S., also traditionally have been considered African-American, as they share a common history of predominantly West African or Central African roots, the Middle Passage and slavery. African Americans have been known by various names throughout American history, including colored and Negro, which are no longer generally accepted in English.
Instead the most usual and accepted terms nowadays are African American and Black, which however may have different connotations (see African American#Terminology). Black History Month. African American World . Timeline. Jim Crow law (United States [1877-1954]) United States of America timeline. A chronology of key events: 1565 - First permanent European settlement in North America - St Augustine, present-day Florida - founded by the Spanish.
North America is already inhabited by several distinct groups of people, who go into decline following the arrival of settlers. 1607 - Jamestown, Virginia, founded by English settlers, who begin growing tobacco.