In the South, indigo became a major crop around 1740.
Benjamin Franklin published his “Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind,” perhaps the most influential essay written by an American colonist.
Anne Hutchinson was banished from Massachusetts as “a woman not fit for our society.”
French and Indian forces attacked Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing fifty colonists and taking 100 residents captive
Benjamin Franklin demonstrated that lightning was a form of electricity in his kite-and-key demonstration during a thunderstorm.
The first newspaper in the American colonies, the Boston News-Letter, was published.
Boston Puritans hanged two Quakers under a 1658 law prohibiting Quakers in Massachusetts.
Bridget Bishop was the first person executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
Yale College was founded.
Substantial Scots-Irish and German immigration began.