American Revolution

  • French and Indian War

    The British come to the colonies' rescue to fight against the French and Native Americans in a lengthy war that eventually extends to Europe. The British and Americans gain victory along with a heavy debt. This debt is a major cause of the American Revolution.
  • Chief Pontiac's Rebellion

    A failed attempt of a loose confederation of Native American tribes to regain control of their homelands.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    This act forbid American colonists from moving and settling west of the Appalachian Mountains. Colonists were outraged, claiming to be refused a benefit of their victory in the French and Indian War.
  • Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act was a tax meant to discourage Americans from buying sugar from French colonies and buy only British sugar.
    The Americans responded with illegal ways to evade the act.
  • Currency Act

    Parliament declared that Americans could not continue issuing their own currency. Americans felt like the British were infringing on their rights.
  • Passage of Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act placed a tax on almost anything on paper like letters, degrees, and legal documents. It was one of the most hated of the acts.
  • Quartering Act

    This Act required colonists to feed and house British troops at their own expense.
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Colonies sent delegates to discuss the Stamp Act. Its importance lies in the increasing communication and unity between the colonies.
  • Stamp Act Repealed

    In order to cease the riots and protests of the colonist over the Stamp Act, Parliament repealed it.
  • Townshend Acts

    They were a series of acts meant to raise revenue for the salaries of the British officials located in America. This series of acts angered colonists.
  • Boston Massacre

    A large crowd of Americans antagonizes a small group of redcoats. The redcoats panicked and shot into the crowd, killing six. This fueled much propaganda to aid the American cause of Independence.
  • Committees of Correspondence

    Groups formed to strengthen the union and communicate about the subject of Revolution.
  • Tea Act

    An act that placed taxes on all tea other than that of the struggling British East India Company. It was meant to aid the company and stop tea smuggling.
  • Boston Tea Party

    A group of men dressed as Indians dumped a shipload of British East India Company tea into the Boston Harbor in protest to the Tea Act.
  • Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts, also called the Coercive Acts, were a series of acts that punished the Boston Tea Party and enraged the colonists. They included the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts and the Declaratory Acts.
  • First Continental Congress

    This was a meeting of colonial leaders that was meant to settle the conflict. Americans extended the Olive Branch Petition to the king of England. It was rejected.
  • Lexington and Concord

  • The Second Continental Congress

    Delegates from the colonies met to decide further action and ended up creating and sighing the Declaration of Independence.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Americans lost due to a shortage of ammunition. But the battle showed the revolutionaries' willingness to fight for their cause.
  • Saratoga