Revolutionary War

  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre is credited for starting the Revolutionary War. A group of rioters confronted British soldiers inthe streets of Boston. Nobody knows which British soldier shot first, but this lead to the deaths of five Colonists. This helped spark rebellion within the colonies, and led to the Revolution.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    On this day, several men dumped taxed tea into the Boston Harbor. The British had decided that they were going to tax the colonists' tea to have them pay back for the expenses of the French and Indian War. The colonists, outraged, emptied millions of dollar's worth in today's money into the Harbor in protest.
  • Battle of Lexington & Concord

    Battle of Lexington & Concord
    The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first battle of the Revolutionary War. A group of British soldiers were given orders to seek and destroy stolen guns and military supplies in these towns. Citizens of these towns heard about this plan and moved most of the items to new locations so that the British wouldn't find them.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    The battle of Bunker Hill took place on and around Breed's Hill. The battle is named after Bunker Hill because that is where the british planned to take over.
  • Battle of New York

    Battle of New York
    The Battle of New York took place over six weeks. Generals Washington and Stirling were forced to withdraw, one being defeated and the other under instruction. The British took places as far out as Chattertons Hill. The battle ended roughly Oct. 28.
  • Decalration of Independence Signing

    The Declaration of Independence's signing indicated that the 13 colonies of America were no longer under control of the British. It also states the rules and policies of the country, and was famously signed by John Hancock.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    General Washington crossed the Delaware River with the main body of the American Army to where the battle of Trenton took place. This battle inspired an artist named Emanual Leutz to paint one of the most well-known Revolutionary war paintings in history.
  • Battle of Princeton

    Int he Battle of Princeton, General Washington launched and attack on British troops and defeated them in Trenton. He then went to attack Cornwallis's army in Princeton, and came out victorious.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Battle of Saratoga was actually two battles, taking place on Sept. 19 and Oct. 7 of that year. Both were successful for the American Colonists. These battles are considered a turning point in the Revolutionary war, and also helped seal the alliances between the Colonists and the French.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge was the winter camp site of General Washington's troop over 1776 and 1777. The area was perfect for what they needed;they could keep the British out and also fight them back. It was here that all of Washington's men learned how to fight in a war.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    George Washington learned that General Cornwallis had an army stationed in Yorktown. He quietly moved his men to Yorktown to defeat Corwallis, having the ability because there were no other armies around. The battle of Yorktown was the last big fight in the Revolutionary War.
  • Treaty of Paris

    This document formally ended the Revolutionary War. It was written by the Colonists and exchanged in Paris with the British king.