America! A New Country

  • The French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War
    The French and Indian War (1754–1763) is the American name for the North American theater of the Seven Years' War. The war was fought primarily between the colonies of British America and New France, with both sides supported by military units from their parent countries of Great Britain and France, who declared war on each other in 1756. In the same year, the war escalated from a regional affair into a world-wide conflict.
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  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The sugar act 1794 was a law that was passed in colonial America to put a three-cent tax on foreign refined sugar and increased taxes on coffee, indigo, and certain kinds of wine. The taxes were enacted without the consent of the colonialists.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The law entitled the Stamp Act enacted by the government requires that a tax be paid on the transfer of certain documents. In America, the 1765 Stamp Act was passed by Parliament in Great Britain requiring a tax to be paid on such items as newspapers and playing cards!
  • The Stamp Act Congress

    The Stamp Act Congress
    The stamp act congress was formed from nine colonies attending back in 1765. This had to do with the cost of sending things such as pamphlets and other documents at the time.
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    Passed by British Parliament in 1767, the Townshend Acts were measures passed that affected the American Colonies. These acts placed taxes on many items that were commonly used and needed by the colonists, such as tea, glass, oil, lead, and paper.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    A few colonists had been drinking and saw a lone British soldier who was in charge of guarding a building. They started harassing the soldier and were throwing snow at him. More soldiers showed up to help the soldier. Slowly the few drunk colonists were joined by more and more colonists armed with clubs, sticks, and even knives. One of the soldiers was knocked to the ground accidentally firing a shot. Out of panic, the other soldiers shot into the crowd, fearing they were being shot at. The man
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    Incident on Dec. 16, 1773, in which American patriots dressed as Indians threw 342 chests of tea from three British ships into Boston Harbour. Their leader was Samuel Adams. The action was taken to prevent the payment of a British-imposed tax on tea and to protest the British monopoly of the colonial tea trade authorized by the Tea Act. In retaliation, Parliament passed the punitive Intolerable Acts, which further united the colonies in their opposition to the British.
  • The First Continental Congress (Philadelphia)

    The First Continental Congress (Philadelphia)
    The First Continental Congress was held on September 5, 1774. The meeting consisted of 56 delegates from across twelve of the thirteen colonies.
  • The Battles of Lexington and Concord

    The Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first official battle of the Revolutionary War. There is a quote 'shot fired heard round the world' that relates to the first shot fired of the battle signaling to the world that the American colonies were officially at war with England.
  • The Second Continental Congress (met in Philadelphia)

    The Second Continental Congress (met in Philadelphia)
    The Second Continental Congress accomplished the independence of the 13 colonies. The 13 colonies were no longer an established extension of the British Empire.
  • George Washington named Commander In Chief

    George Washington named Commander In Chief
    Having defeated the British in the American Revolution, it was felt he was the right man for being the leader of our country, and then he became the first President of the United States of America.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill (fought on Breed's Hill)

    Battle of Bunker Hill (fought on Breed's Hill)
    The battle of Bunker Hill, one of the most important for the Americans in the early revolutionary war, took place on June 17,1775. This early battle showed the Americans that they can inflict damage on the superior forces of England.
  • Benedict Arnold's failed attack on Quebec

    Benedict Arnold's failed attack on Quebec
    Benedict Arnold was a trader and his leg got wounded in his battle.
  • Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" published

    Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" published
    The pamphlet "Common Sense" written by Thomas Paine was the idea that the colonists should break free from England and become an independent nation.
  • The British evacuated Boston

    The British evacuated Boston
    Washington had placed captured cannon on hills of Dorchester aimed down at British fleet -their only life line during the one yr seige of Boston. The fleet cannons could not reach Washington's cannons but his could destroy the fleet. Gen Howe sent note to Washington to allow British to leave and the British would not destroy the city of Boston. They agreed and the bloodless evacuation took place on March 17,1776
  • Richard Henry Lee proposes independence

    Richard Henry Lee proposes independence
    Richard Henry Lee was a statesman from Virginia who is most known for the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies independence from Great Britain.
  • Declaration of Independence adopted

    Declaration of Independence adopted
    The declaration of independence was written and enforced to declare America's independence from England. It's what gave America freedom from being ruled by England. It was the foundation of what made America what it is today.
  • Declaration of Independence Signed

    Declaration of Independence Signed
    The Declaration was first signed on August 2nd, 1776, with the last signature being added in late November.
    Most delegates signed the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. 5 others signed on a later date.