Revolutionary war soldiers

The Revolutionary War

  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    1754-1763 A long and expensive war between France and Britain with their Native American alies for control over North America. After Britain won the King began taxing the colonists to pay for the war which angered the colonists.
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  • Proclamation of 1763

    The proclamation was a way to repay the Indian allies. As payment the Americans were not allowed to settle west. This made them mad because they felt like they deserved after fighting in the Frnch and Indian War.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act was a tax placed on sugar, molasses, and other goods. Sugar was a major cash crop of the countries the colonist traded with. As a result some of the colonists busines's became less profitable.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act required all legal and commercial documents to carry an official stamp showing that a tax has been paid. Since this mainly affected the colonist, the tension between Britain and the U.s. increased.
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  • Th Quartering Act

    Anact that was supposed to cut cost of deplying trrops and enforces the laws. Sometimes the coloist had to give up their homes to house the british soldiers.
  • The Townshend Act

    The Townshend Act was a tax placed on goods such as lead, paint, paper, glass, and tea. Pushing the colonists to their limits, they became more violent with their increasing protests.
  • The Declaratory Act

    The Declaratory Act
    Parliament was not very happy with the repeal of the stamp act. So they replaced it with the Declaratory Act. It states that they are allowed to Tax the colonist in "all cases whatsoever" Thus increasing the tension.
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  • Boston Non-Importation Agreement

    Boston Non-Importation Agreement
    The Boston Non-Importation Agreement were trades and merchants who agreed to stop importing goods and other things from Great Britain for a year.
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  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The British troops fire on a crowd after constant harrassment, killing 5 and injuring 11. After a fair trial the soldiers were found innocent making the colonists mad after the murders.
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  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act
    The Tea Act was a way for the people who smuggled tea to pay a Tax on the regulated tea. This ade the colonist shippers and merchants mad.
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  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    Members of The Sons Of Liberty dressed up like Native Americans and dumped tea into the Boston Harbor as a protest. This makes the British mad causing more trouble for the Colonists.
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  • The Intolerable Acts

    Mar. 31- Jun. 22, 1774 The Intolerable Acts were a series of laws enacted by parliament to punish the Massachusetts colony for the boston tea party. They closed parts of the ports, enforced the quartering act, and let British soldiers stand trial in Britain.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Sep. 4- Oct. 16, 1774 The First Continental Congress had decided to ban all trade with England. Although not all were ready to call for independance, they were determined to hold up their colonial rights.
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  • Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech

    Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech
    Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech was his most famous speech ever. It influenced many people to at least try to fight for their freedom.
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  • Paul Revere & William Dawes "Midnight Rides"

    Paul Revere & William Dawes "Midnight Rides"
    The midnight rides were when Paul Revere & William Dawes went through towns alearting the militias that the british were coming. They had a system that was made of lanterns. If one was lit then that meant they were coming by land and if two were lit then that meant they were coming by land.
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  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of the war.Not knowing who shot first, the battle of Lexington began. After marching to Concord and destroying miltary supplies, battle broke out again forcing the British to retreat.
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  • Second Continental Congress

    The Second Continental Congress had decided to form the Continenetal Army with George Washington as the Commanding General. It was also decided that the soldiers were to be paid in paper money. The first acts as a government.
  • Washington named Commander in Chief of continental Army& Navy

    Washington named Commander in Chief of continental Army& Navy
    George Washington gives his first orders as Commander in Cheif.
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  • Battle of Binker HIll

    Battle of Binker HIll
    Alarmed by the fortifications the milita men did to Breed's Hill, the British decided to attack. Although the British won, the colonist had a moral victory. The British had lost over 1,000 men while the Americans only lost 400.
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  • Ft. Ticonderoga Seized by Ethan Allen & Green Mountain Boys

    Ft. Ticonderoga Seized by Ethan Allen & Green Mountain Boys
    At the seize of of Ft. Ticonderoga with Ethatn Allen & the Green Mountain boys was a large supply of artillery. The large guns and cannons helped drive out the ritish from Boston.
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  • America forces under Benedict Arnold fail to seize Quebec

    Dec.30-31, 1775 Benedict Arnold and the American forces went to Quebec in attempt to seize it. Because of harsh winter conditions, the Americans were defeated.
  • Continental Army wins at Princeton

    Eight days after the Battle of Trenton, the Continental Army attacks Princeton and wins. Convincing the British that the American General is better than they thought. The Continental Army begins to attract new recruits.
  • Thomas Paine publishes "Common Sense"

    Thomas Paine publishes "Common Sense"
    Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" was a phamplet that was designed to convince colonist that it was necessary to get away from England. With its instant success, he helped make "the call for independence a roar."
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  • British Evacuate Boston

    With cannons taken from Ft. Ticonderoga, the Americans threatened to destroy Boston. General Howe decided to withdraw the 9,000 troops that were left in Boston.
  • Declaration of Independence Adopted

    Declaration of Independence Adopted
    John Hancock had the biggest signature and was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. It wa based on the philosophy of Joh Locke. It gave the idea that everyone has rights that cannot be taken away.
  • Hessian Mercenaries Arrive to Fight for British

    Hessian Mercenaries Arrive to Fight for British
    Since enlisting in the British Army meant to serve for life, it was discouraging. Britain needed the help of of mercenaries. 9,000 Hessian mercenaries came to their aide.
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  • British Win Battle of Long Island, New York

    After several months of battle for New York, the british won. Because of this loss, it pushed the colonist back.
  • British Occupy New York City

    After the Battle of Long Island, New York, he British took over the state.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey. At trenton, they surprised the Hessians, killing 900 and gaining neccessary suplies.
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  • Marquis de Lafayette arrives in colonies

    Marquis de Lafayette arrives in colonies
    After joining the Continenetal Army, Marquis de Lafayette soon gained Washington's confidence and is in command of a division. After fighting in many battles, he convinces the French King to send 6,000 men.
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  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    Sep. 19-Oct. 17, 1777 The Battle of Saratoga was a turning point for the war because it convinced many european countries taht Aerica might actually win. Some later on decided to help them fight against the British.
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  • British Occupy Philadelphia

    When the Americans desperatly needed help, Britains General Howe forces Washington and his men out of Phildelphia.
  • British win at Germantown

    The Americans lose German town to the British. Many people believed that it was ad luck because of the bad tactics.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    At valley Forge the soldiers find many hardships such as harsh weather conditions, lack of food, little clothing, & disease. Although the tough conditions, the soldiers showed great endurance and love for America.
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  • U.S. and France form official alliance

    The U.S. and France form an official alliance to fight against Britain. The Americans had to prove that they had a chance to win for France to make it public because they didnt want to lose again to Britain.
  • British abandon Philadelphia and return to NY City

    The troopd located in Philadelphia return to NY City after several months.
  • British capture port of Savannah, Georgia

    British troops capture Savannah, Georgia's port allowingthem to conquer the rest of Georgia and allwoing them to move troops to different regions.
  • Battle of Vincennes/ Ft. Sackville

    Battle of Vincennes/ Ft. Sackville
    Feb 23-24, 1779 These were the only full scaled battles to be fought in the middle est during the American Revolution.
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  • Spain Declares War on Britain

    After forming an alliance with America, France persuaded Spain ro help the Americans. Spain wasnt to fond of Britain either.
  • Battle of Flamborough Head

    Battle of Flamborough Head
    At the Battle of Flamborough Head, John Paul Jones was asked to surrender but replied with "I've not yet begun to fight." After 3 1/2 hours of battle, Jones and his menwon but had to sail home on the enemy's ship. This battle inspired many Americans.
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  • British Capture Charleston, S.C.

    When the British had captured Charleston, the soldiers were in no condition to fight. Gates and the milita ran but Kalb remained with his soldiers. The loss of Chalreston lowered the spirits of the Americans greatly.
  • First French Troops Arrive to Help American War Effort

    The French troops helped fight for the Americans.
  • Gen. Benedict Arnold commits Treason

    Gen. Benedict Arnold commits Treason
    Benedict Arnold was for the American cause untill he married a loalist. Influenced by his wife, he decided to turn over an American fort to the British. But before he could, his plan was discovered and he fled.
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  • Battles of King Mountain, S.C.

    Battles of King Mountain, S.C.
    Battle of King's Mountain was a vicous one. Many of the dead had been shot or hanged AFTER they surrendered They were killed as revenge by the Americans because of Loyalists raids where the British butchered the Americans.
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  • Articles of Confederation Aopted

    Articles of Confederation Aopted
    The articles of Confederation made sure that the government didnt have to much power. Onl the government could declar war, make peace, sign treaties, and issue money. The states had the authority to set taxes nd enforce national laws. They also got control of the land west of the Appalachian Mountains.
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  • French Fleet drives British out of Chesapeake Bay

    A large French Fleet drives the British out of Chesapeake Bay, preventing them rom getting supplies and escaping. It also allowed Washington to trap Cornwallis on te peninsula.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    Sep. 28- Oct.19 1781 At the Battle of Yorktown, the Americans and French bombarded the British with cannon fire, trapping Cornwallis. He surrendered his force of 8,000 men.
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  • British troops return to Britain

    The lst of the British ships and troops leave New York and go back to Britain.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The treaty of Paris had conditions that Britain and America must follow, though they didnt with some terms. Since America had won the war, they got the more favorable terms.
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  • U.s. Constitution signed

    U.s. Constitution signed
    The Us.s Constitution was finally signed after any compromiss. All but three delagates signed it.
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