• French's secret

    The french had secretely sent weapons to the patriots since early 1776.
  • New York

    The British troops had previously retreated from boston, the war was moved to the middle states. The british decided to seize New York.
  • British force was assembled

    General William Howe and Admiral Richard Howe joined forces and created the largest British expeditionary force ever assembled.
  • Battle of New york

    The americans retreated. Michael Graham, a continental army volunteer described the caotic withdrawl on august 27 ,1776
  • Christmas night- Battle of trenton

    Christmas night- Battle of trenton
    The Americans set up attack on the british on christmas night, he led 2,400 men on rawboats across the delaware river. they killed 30 men and took 918 prisoners.
  • contract is over

    The enlistment of the men under washington's command were due to end. George washington had to figure out something to keep the men from going home.
  • Fight for philadelphia

    General Howe begin his campaign to seize the american capital philadelphia.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    Massed American troops finally surrounded Burgoyne at Saratoga, where he surrendered his battered army to general Gates.
  • Valley Forge

    Served as the site of the continental army's camp during the winter of 1777-1778.
    British troops occupied Philadelphia, they found Quakers in warm homes and the patriots in makeshift huts freezing in the cold.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The French recognized american independence and signed an allience, or treaty of cooperation with the americans.
  • Transformation at Valley forge

    In the midst of the frozen winter at valley forge, americans troops began a transformation. friedrick Von Steuben volunteered his services to general washington and went to work and teach the soldiers to be better.
  • Military strategy

    After their devastating defeat at Saratoga, the british changed their military strategy; in the summer of 1778 they began to shipt their operations to th shift their operations to the south.
  • Savannah Georgia

    A British expedition easily took over Savannah Georgia.
  • Lafayette

    The young Lafayette joined washington's staff and bore the misery of Valley Forge, lobbied for french reinforcements and led a command in Virginia in the last years of the war.
  • royal Governor

    A royal Governor once again commanded Georgia.
  • Generals sail south

    General henry Clinton, who had replaced Howe along new york, along with the ambitious general Charles cornwalilis sailed south with 8,500 men.
  • British captured Charles town

    In their greatest victory of the war , the British captured Charles town , south carolina and marched 5,500 americans soldiers of as prisoners of war.
  • french army lands in Newport

    A french army of 6000 had landed in Newport, Rhode island after the British left the city to focus on the south.
  • Redcoats Surrender

    When the forces met cowpens south carolina, the British expected the outnumbered Americans to flee; but the continental army fought back and forced the redcoats to surrender.
  • Letter to Lafayette

    The officer of the continental army wrote a letter to Lafayette, asking for help.
  • The congress appoints a superintendent of finance.

    The congress appointed a rich Philadelphia merchant , Robert Morris as superintendent of finance. Morris and Salomon begged and borrowed on their personal credit to raise money to provide salaries for the continental army.
  • Payments

    The troops were finally paid in specie or gold coins.
  • Cornwallis surrendered

    With his troops outnumbered by more than two to one and exausted from constant shelling, cornwallis finally raised the white flag of surrender.
  • Yorktown

    Colonial William Fontaine of the virginia militia stood with the American and french armies lining a road near Yorktown, Virginia to witness the formal British surrender.
  • British surrender

    A triumphant washington, the French generals and their troops assembled to accept the British surrender.
  • Peace

    Peace talks began in Paris
  • treaty of paris

    treaty of paris
    The delegates signed the Treaty of Paris, which confirmed U.s. independence and set the boundaries for a new nation.