• Yale is founded

    Yale is founded in modern-day Connecticut after the colony of Saybrook worked to establish a college.
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    French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War is fought between the French and the British colonists over control of the Ohio River Valley.
  • The Boston Massacre

    American protestors, protesting the newly imposed taxes by Britain, surround British soldiers in Boston. The British soldiers open fire on the protestors initially killing three people.
  • Boston Tea Party

    After the British Parliament passed the Tea Act in 1773, the colonists strongly opposed the taxes and protested by throwing tea shipments into the Boston Harbor.
  • The Continental Congress

    In Philadelphia, delegates from each of the 13 colonies, except for Georgia, meet for the First Continental Congress to organize a colonial resistance to the Acts of British Parliament.
  • Battles at Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord are the first battles fought between Britain and America. This battle is the first of the Revolutionary War and results in an American victory.
  • Declaration of Independence Published

    The Declaration of Independence is made to explain the reasons for Americans needing to fully separate themselves from Britain.
  • British surrender at Yorktown

    After George Washington and his men defeated Britain at Yorktown, this battle marks the end of the war.
  • Treaty of Paris

    After the British surrender at Yorktown, the decision is finally made to officially end the war and thus the Treaty of Paris is signed.
  • Bill of Rights

    The Bill of Rights are published which are the first 10 amendments and are designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens.