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History Coloring Pages and Sheets and American History for Kids to Learn About the United States

Updated on July 21, 2014

American History Coloring Pages

Free history coloring sheets to teach American history for children. Starting with who first discovered America and the years that formed the United States and continuing to present day.

I have coloring pages with information to teach children about America's past and what events helped to make the United States what it is today.

Because there is so much rich history involved in making this nation one of the best countries in the world, I can only touch upon events briefly, but kids will get the general information about many exciting historical events.

American flag image by DonkeyHotey at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Who Discovered America First? - Did Christopher Columbus Discover America?

Although for centuries it was believed that Christopher Columbus discovered America, the reality is that he didn't. In fact, it's questionable if he ever even reached North America.

So who did discover America? One belief is that it was the Vikings, led by Lief Ericson, who first discovered North America around 1000 AD. Another belief is that the Chinese discovered America.

Still another is that it was discovered by the ancestors of Native Americans. Even more theories exist. The bottom line is that we don't know for sure. However, it is due to the exploration of Christopher Columbus that eventually lead to the colonization of America.

Columbus image by John Vanderlyn, photographed by the Architect of the Capitol and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Viking Coloring Page

The Vikings came from Scandinavia. Their ships were made of wood and had sails. However, they were also equipped with oars in case the Vikings needed to row.

Viking ship image by WPClipart.

Native American Coloring Page

Native Americans were the original occupants of the United States. Although they loved in different tribes in different areas, they had quite a few things in common. For example, they lived off the land. They planted crops and maize, (corn,) was a particular favorite. They had great respect for the planet and many were quite spiritual.

When the Europeans came to America, many of the Native Americans were forced to move into reservations. Some Native Americans still live on reservations today.

Native American image courtesy of A Clipart History.

Christopher Columbus Coloring Page

Christopher Columbus image courtesy of WPClipart.

Early American Explorers

Many early explorers traveled to what is now is North America. John Cabot was an Italian explorer who claimed North America for England in 1497. He landed in what is known today as Canada.

In 1524 Florentine explorer Giovanni Verrazano, while sailing under the French flag, discovered New York Harbor. In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer, discovered San Diego Bay on the coast of California.

Another famous name in early American history is Sir Walter Raleigh. He attempted to establish a colony which he named Virginia in honor of Queen Elizabeth 1. Unfortunately his attempt at colonizing Roanoke Island failed. It is unknown as of today what happened to the last group of colonists.

Sir Walter Raleigh image by French School and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

John Cabot Coloring Page

John Cabot image courtesy of WPClipart.

What Were the 13 Original Colonies?

John Smith, an English explorer, established the first American colony in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. The other colonies included Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

In the early stages of the formation of colonies, a ship known as the Mayflower sailed from England bringing people known as Pilgrims to America. In 1620 they landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Original colonies map image by F. L. Guffefeld at Wikimedia Commons.

Virginia Coloring Page

Virginia image courtesy of A Clipart History.

Roanoke Coloring Page

Roanoke image courtesy of a Clipart History.

The Boston Tea Party Summary

Tension between England and the colonists began to grow. Many colonists were not pleased when the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act in 1765 which caused colonists to pay taxes on paper goods. The tax was put into place to help support British troops in the colonies. It was later repealed.

Dissatisfaction continued when Parliament imposed the Tea Tax on columnists trying to make them only buy tea from the British East India Company. On December 16, 1773, a group of patriots, many of them dressed like Mohawk Indians, climbed aboard the ships in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 crates of tea overboard.

Boston Tea Party image from the United States Library of Congress and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Boston Tea Party Coloring Page

Boston Tea Party image courtesy of WPClipart.

Revolutionary War for Kids

The colonists grew tired of not being represented in the British government and wanted to become independent of England. In 1775 the Revolutionary War began. It was headed by George Washington who had been appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.

Revolutionary War image by E. Percy Moran from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Yankee Doodle Went to Town Song

Here's a tune to listen to while you're here.

George Washington Color Page

George Washington is known as the Father of out country. That's because he was the first President of the United States. He served for two terms with John Adams as his Vice-President.

Washington image courtesy of WPClipart.

Declaration of Independence Committee

In 1776, five men were asked by the Second Continental Congress to write what is known as the Declaration of Independence. The committee consisted of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman.

After some changes, the document was signed on July 4, 1776 with John Hancock being the first to sign. This famous document is what declared America's independence from England.

However, this did not end the war. Fighting continued with the final battle taking place in 1781 at Yorktown where the British surrendered. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris was signed which officially ended the war.

Declaration of Independence painting by John Trumbull, photographed by an employee of the Architect of the Capitol and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Declaration of Independence Coloring Page

Declaration of Independence image courtesy of WPClipart.

John Hancock Coloring Page

John Hancock image courtesy of A Clipart History.

Liberty Bell for Kids

The Liberty Bell is a symbol of freedom for the United States. It was rung on July 8, 1776 during the reading of the Declaration of Independence. It was originally hung in the Pennsylvania State House. Today it would be known as Independence Hall.

Liberty Bell image courtesy of WPClipart.

Liberty Bell Coloring Page

Liberty Bell image courtesy of WPClipart.

Declaration of Independence Poster

Declaration of Independence Authentic Reproduction Sepia Art Poster Print 24 x 36in
Declaration of Independence Authentic Reproduction Sepia Art Poster Print 24 x 36in

This is an authentic looking version of the Declaration of Independence. What a historical document to place on your wall, not to mention the cheap price.

 

Betsy Ross American Flag

Betsy Ross has been credited for making the first American flag. The first flag had 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies. Was Ross the first to create this flag?

There is much controversy over this. There are sources that state that Mary Pickersgill actually made the first flag. It is alleged that Betsy Ross's grandson made up the story that she was the first to make the American flag.

Flag image courtesy of WPClipart.

Betsy Ross Coloring Page

Betty Ross coloring page courtesy of WPClipart.

American Flag Craft Kit

Hygloss Products, Inc. American Flag Tissue Paper Kit, 5.5 x 8.5-Inches, 10 Sets
Hygloss Products, Inc. American Flag Tissue Paper Kit, 5.5 x 8.5-Inches, 10 Sets

If you're looking for a project for a group of kids to do, why not give them the opportunity to make their own flag? This kit comes with enough supplies to make 10 flags.

 

U. S. Constitution Facts

The United States needed it's own set of laws. The U. S. Constitution was written to establish a government and laws for the people. It divides the government into three sections.

The Legislative Branch is made up of Congress which is the House of Representative and the Senate.

The Executive Branch is headed by the President of the United States while the Judicial Branch is headed by the Supreme Court.

Constitution Coloring Pages

Constitution image by the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

First Five Presidents of the United States

In 1789, George Washington became the first President of the United States. It was a unanimous vote. He remained in office for two terms with each term lasting four years.

The second President of the United States was John Adams who took office in 1787. Although Washington picked the site of what was to become the White House, Adams was the first President to move in.

The third President was Thomas Jefferson, followed by James Madison as the fourth and James Monroe as the fifth.

Image by Gilbert Stuart and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

George Washington Coloring Picture - Washington on his way to his inauguration.

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Thomas Jefferson Coloring Page

Image by The New Student's Reference Guide and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

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Presidents Coloring Book

American Presidents Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)
American Presidents Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

Not only is this coloring book fun, it's also quite educational. It gives kids the opportunity to learn about all of the Presidents from Washington to Obama.

 

Information About Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is a very important part of American history. Although some people think he was a President, particularly since he's on the $100 bill, he never held that honor. However, he did help to write both the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution.

Another common misconception is that he invented electricity. He didn't, but his electrical experiments led to such inventions as the lightening rod. He is also credited with many more inventions including the first circulating library.

Image by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Benjamin Franklin Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

The War of 1812 Summary

The United States went to war with Great Britain again in 1812. There were several causes of this war. One is that the United States wanted to have their freedom with foreign trade.

Another reason is that the United States wanted ownership of the U. S. territories that Great Britain still had control over. The war ended in 1814 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

War of 1812 Coloring Page

Image courtesy of A Clipart History.

Adding States to the United States

The United States continued to grow. Some of it was done peacefully, such as the Louisiana Purchase from the French, which ultimately doubled the size of the United States.

Other times, fierce battles were fought trying to gain new territory, such as with the state of Texas that officially became a state in 1845. The map above shows what the United States looked like after acquiring Texas.

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Gold Discovered in California

On January 24, 1848 , James W. Marshall discovered gold in the American River in what is now California. This set off the 1849 California Gold Rush which brought people from all over America to try to make their fortunes. In 1850, California became the 31st state.

Image by Architect of the Capitol and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Gold Rush Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Abraham Lincoln Becomes President

Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President in 1860 and took office in 1861. Shortly after taking office, the Civil War broke out.

The Civil War divided the nation between the northern states, ( Union,) and the southern states, ( Confederacy.) During the course of the war, Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation which led to the freeing of the slaves.

Lincoln also gave a historical speech known as the The Gettysburg Address, in which he spoke of human equality and that "this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." It became one of the most memorable speeches the nation has ever heard.

The Civil War ended in 1865 when General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant. Just days later, Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth. He was the first President to be assassinated.

Lincoln image by Henry F. Warren and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Abraham Lincoln Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

The First Transcontinental Railroad

As the United States continued to grow, so did it's need for transportation. It took far too long and was way to dangerous to try to cross the country by covered wagon. In 1869, the First Continental Railroad was completed linking the East Coast with the West Coast.

Image by John B. Silvis and originally uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Centpacrr.

The First Transcontinental Railroad Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Early 20th Century History

By the time it was 1900, 45 states were part of America and the nation was busy. The Ford Motor Company was formed in 1903. The first World Series took place that year as well with the Boston Americans defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 3. Additionally in 1903, the Wright Brothers had their first flight.

The nation was shocked in 1906 when San Francisco was hit with a huge earthquake, followed by a series of fires that destroyed most of the city. In 1914 World War I began and although the United States tried to remain neutral, President Woodrow Wilson felt justified due to a series of events to have the United Stares enter the war in 1917.

In 1920, women finally won the right to vote.

Author unknown. Henry Ford image available through the United States Library of Congress and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Vote Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

World War II for Kids

In 1939, Germany invaded Poland. starting World War II. In turn, both Great Britain and France declared war on Germany.

The United States became involved after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. To retaliate, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The war raged on until 1945 when both Germany and Japan surrendered. More than 50 million people lost their lives during this war.

World War II image by Photographer's Mate Harold Fawcet of the U. S. Navy and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Submarine Coloring Page

Submarine Image
Submarine Image

Image by PimboliDD at Wikimedia Commons.

Disneyland Opens in 1955

Walt Disney first opened Disneyland in the state of California in 1955. Since that time Disney theme parks have opened in the state of Florida, as well as France, Japan and Hong Kong.

With numerous films and merchandise under its belt, as well as having its own TV channels including ABC, the Walt Disney Company is currently one of the biggest corporations in the world.

Walt Disney image by New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Fisher, Alan, photographer and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Disneyland Puzzle

Disney World Map 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Featuring the entire Disney Family: Disney Princess, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and many more!
Disney World Map 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Featuring the entire Disney Family: Disney Princess, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and many more!

This is such an amazing puzzle. My whole family had fun putting it together. It really captures the magic of Disney.

 

50th U. S. State

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th and final state.

Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Palm Tree Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech

Even though Lincoln had freed the slaves many years ago, there still wasn't equality between the races, particularly in some of the southern states. For example, there were restaurants that were for white people only, bathrooms as well.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision of changing all that by having equal rights for all people. In 1963 he gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech which helped to bring about racial equality.

Image by Herman Hiller / New York World-Telegram & Sun and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

1960s British Invasion

The British Invasion wasn't any type of a military invasion. Instead it was a music invasion of various artists from Great Britain becoming hits in the United States. The Beatles kicked it off when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9, 1964.

Many more British bands and singers took American by storm including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Herman's Hermits and Dusty Springfield, to name but a few.

Image by United Press International and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Guitar Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Beatles Music CD

With the Beatles
With the Beatles

This is such a classic collection of Beatles music including such hits as "All My Loving," and "Till There Was You."

 

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the surface on the Moon.

Image by Nasa and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Rocket Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Late 20th Century History

Towards the end of the 20th century, Americans became hooked on video games and young people were glued to their televisions watching MTV.

American troops fought in the Gulf War and America mourned for the lives lost when the World Trade Center was bombed.

Home computers became the rage and Michael Jackson was dubbed the King of Pop. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit.

Hubble Telescope Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

21st Century History

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the twin towers of the World Trade Center. President George W. Bush declared a "War on Terror."

The home electronic industry continued to grow with hand held gaming systems being the rage. Digital books became very popular and internet shopping turned into big business as well as social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

In 2008, Barack Obama was elected the first African American President.

The beginning of this century also saw the movie Avatar become the highest grossing movie of all times and America's fascination with reality TV continued to grow.

Image by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel J. Calderon, USN and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Movie Theater Coloring Page

Image courtesy of WPClipart.

Quiz Time!

Let's see how much you've learned. Try to answer the following 10 questions, then let me know how you did.

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Coloring pages are a great way to learn about American history. So are games. Check out these fun and educational history games.

American History Games

Trivia Game - American Trivia Family Edition - the America Themed Family Board Game
Trivia Game - American Trivia Family Edition - the America Themed Family Board Game

In this fun family history game, players travel across the United States answering trivia questions along the way.

 
Professor Noggin's History of the United States - A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For Kids
Professor Noggin's History of the United States - A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For Kids

What's great about this game is that there are both easy and hard history questions so both young and old can have fun with this game.

 
Way Back When in History
Way Back When in History

This game covers from the 1400s to 1865. It's fun for the whole family with 250 questions and answers.

 
Brain Quest Black History
Brain Quest Black History

What I love about this game is that kids can play it with others or play it by themselves. With 850 questions, kids can have hours and hours of fun. I've always liked to bring Brain Quest games in the car to keep my kids busy.

 

What event in American history do you find to be the most interesting?

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: How historical of you.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      The years of the founding that produced remarkable documents.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: It had a huge impact.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @shellys-space: It's that time of year.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I think Civil War marked the nation for ever.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I can't pick just one American event, but right now, there is a lot of excellent resources about Abraham Lincoln.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @kislanyk: I appreciate you letting me know that.

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Quite an informative lens here

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @jolou: I always like to make learning fun. I think it helps kids to want to learn.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Camden1: I'm so glad you feel this way. I really tried hard to capture the spirit of the history of America.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      Very well done. This is a fun way for kids to lean about American history.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I love to learn about American history - I'm especially fascinated with the founding settlements such as Plymouth and Roanoke. You've found some amazing coloring pages to represent important historical events!