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American Colonial Society and Revolution

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    American Colonial Society and Revolution

  • Yale University created

    Yale University created
    Yale was created in New Haven, Connecticut by religious leaders for men to go to school to become ministers.
  • Queen Anne's War

    Queen Anne's War
    Was called the war of Spanish Succession in Europe and was another war were the major empires clashed. The American Colonist were mostly against the French and would recruit what ever Native Americans they could find.
  • Queen Anne's war ended

    Queen Anne's war ended
    Queen Anne's war ended with the Treaty of Utrecht.
  • King George I acends to the throne

    King George I acends to the throne
    King George I becomes king of Enlgand, succeeding Queen Anne.
  • King George II becomes king

    King George II becomes king
    King George II takes the throne, sucesseding KIng George I.
  • Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Richard's Almanack"

    Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Richard's Almanack"
    This book was well know throughout Europe and the Americas. It was almost as much as the Bible in the Americas. This book and Benjamin Franklin help shape American character.
  • Molasses Act

    Molasses Act
    Passed by British Parliament and put a tax on molasses, sugar, and rum exported from non-british islands.
  • War of Jenkins' Ear

    Enlgand Declared war on Spain. This created tension between the Spanish in Flordia and the British in Georgia and South Carolina
  • King George's War

    This war came out of the War of Jenkins' ear when it spread to Europe. It was known as the War of Austrian Sucession and the France allied with Spain.
  • Princeton University is founded

    Princeton University is founded inPrinceton, New Jersey in 1746 by the Presbyterian Church. This University was another University to train young men to become ministers.
  • End of King George's War

    Ended with the Peace Treaty of 1748 and gave everyone in Europe back their land.
  • Columbia University founded

    Columbia University was founded in New York, New York in 1754 by the Anglican Church to train young men to become ministers.
  • French and Indian War

    The French and Indian war breaks out in America over a land dispute between the French in the Ohio River Valley. George Washington defeats the French and sets up Fort Necessity. After being attacked, Washington retreats, starting the War.
  • British Troops sent to America to help with war

    British troops are sent to help with the French and Indian war. This event shows the tension between the two groups already because the British are very strict and structured, while the Americans are more ragged and rough.
  • French and Indian war spreads to Europe

    The British declares war on the French, causing the war to head to Europe.
  • Fall of Quebec

    The British defeat the French at Quebec, giving the British control of Canada.
  • King George III becomes king

    King George III becomes king
    King George III becomes king of Enlgand, sucesseding King George II.
  • The French and Indian war ends

    The French and Indian war ends with the Treaty of Paris. This treaty gave the British all French lands east of the Mississippi river, except New Orleans and gave the British East and West Flordia from the Spanish in return for Cuba.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    King Georege issues the proclamation of 1763, stating that the Amerian settlers from crossing over the Applialachian mountains to try and ease tensions with the Native Americans. This is considered the end of the period of salutary neglect.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    This act increased the tax on imported sugar, textiles, coffee, wine, and indigo to help cover the cost of the French and Indian War.
  • Paxton Boys March

    The Paxton Boys march on Philadelphia to protest the Quakers. This march was made up of armed Scots-Irish men.
  • Currency Act

    This prohibited the colonies from printing or issuing any legal paper money. This really hurt the colonies economicly, making the colonist hate it.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was the first direct tax on the colonist. It put a tax on all printed paper such as newspaper, legal papers, and pamphlets.
  • Quartering Act

    This act required colonists to house and feed british troops
  • Stamp Act Congress

    27 delegates for the colonies met in New York City and drew up a list of their rights and the grievances. This congress was able to get the stamp acted repealed.
  • Stamp Act repealed

    King George III repealed the Stamp Act
  • Declaratory Act

    The Declaratory Act was passed and stated that the British had total power to legislate any laws on the colonies.
  • Townshend Acts

    This put a tax on paper, tea, glass, lead, and paint. The British said that this was to offset the cost of the British taking care and protecting the colonies.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was when colonists were harassing British Soilders and they opened fire on the cololnists. This killed 5 colonists and injured 6 others. This rallied the colonists against the British because it angered them.
  • Townshend Acts repealed

    All of the townshend acts are repealed except for the tax on tea.
  • Committees of correspondence formed

    The Virgina House of Burgesses appoints 11 members into the Committees of correspondence to communicate with the colonies about grivences toward England.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonists in Boston join together and in the middle of the night dressed up as Indians and dumbed tea off of British ships in the Boston Harbor. The colonists did this to protest the tea tax.
  • Coercive/Intolerable Acts

    The British Parliment passed the Coercive Acts in response to the Boston Tea Party. The American called themt he Intolerable acts. The acts closed the Boston ports and haulted shipping out of Boston until the tea was paid for. They also restricted the town meetings and let officials that had killed colonists in the line of duty could be sent to England for trial.
  • Quebec Act

    This act stated the the French subjects in Canada were permitted to retain their old customs and religions and could live all the way to the Ohio River.
  • First Continental Congress

    56 delegates met in Philadelphia, represeting every colony except for Georgia. They met to consider ways to redress their grievances to the king.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    British Soilders are ordered to Concord to destroy the Colonists weapon supply. The colonists are warned by Paul Revere and stand armed and ready at Lexington. The "shot heard round the world" starts at Lexington when the first shots of the revolution are fired. The British advance toward Concord were they are met and attacked by militiamen. The British soilders retreat back to Boston were they are shot at all the way back.
  • Capture of Ticonderoga

    Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold led American forces to capture Fort Ticonderoga in New York. This Fort had much needed military supplies such as guns and cannons.
  • Second Continental Congress

    The delegates meet in Philadelphia and place the colonies in a state of defense. They also appoint George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    The American colonists have the high ground of the hill and are attacked from the front by British troops. They are out numbered and running out of ammo. The colonists are told to not shoot until they see "the whites of their eyes." The British take the hill, but are left with over a thousand casualties.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    The delegates at the Continental Congress adopt the Olive Branch Petition that expresses the colonists hope for a reconnection with England, but that it is up to the king to help. The King responds by not even looking at the petition and proclaming that the colonies are in rebellion.
  • "Common Sense"

    "Common Sense"
    Thomas Paine's "common sense" is published in Philadelphia and is a pamphlet critizing King George III and attacking loyalist. The pamphlet is a big seller in the colonies because it has a strong argument for American Independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which was a list of grievences to the King of England. All the delegates signed it, with John Hancock being the largest. The delegates signed, even though if they lost the war they would all be found guilty of treason and killed.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Washington leads his men across the Delaware river for a surprise attack on British-Hessians troops. The Hessians surrender and Washington takes over Trenton, New Jearsy. This gives the Americans a much needed moral boost.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This was the first major U.S. victory in the Revolution. This battle shows world powers, mostly the French, that the U.S. has a chance of winning the revolution.
  • Articles of Confederation adopted

    Articles of Confederation adopted
    The Second Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation. Under the Articles of Confederation, the Federal Governement has very little power and the States have all the power. The Federal Government can not levy taxes or much else.
  • Formation of French-American alliance

    The French and the Americans sign treatiesthat say that the French recognizes the U.S. and that the French will supply Washington's army with military supplies. Also the treaties state that the French and the U.S. will keep fighting until the U.S. has independence.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Washington and his army start to take over Yorktown. The army bombed the British troops day and night and circle around the town so no supplies can get in.
  • Surrender of the British

    The British surrender at Yorktown with few men and few supplies.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary war. It also recognized the U.S. as a independent state and set the borders of the new nation. It also stated that loyalists would no longer be prosecuted and their property would be returned.
  • Works Cited

    Kennedy, David, Lizabeth Cohen and Thomas Bailey. The American Pageant: A History of the Republic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003. 1015. Print.

    "US History Timeline: War of Independence." US History Timeline: War of Independence. Web. 27 May 2013.
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