American Enlightenment

  • Period: to

    The American Revolution

  • Navigation acts

    These were acts in attempt to monopolize the colonies, and have everything be feed from Britain.
  • French and Indian War ended

    French and Indian War ended
    This is the war that put Great Britain into debt. They then decided to tax the colonists to try and make up for the debt.
  • Stamp act

    These were taxes that they tried to put in place to pay for the French and Indian war. The colonists however, did not react kindly.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    This was an event where the British soldier, during a riot, shot and killed some colonists. This raised tensions even more.
  • Tea act

    Tea act
    The tea act was a restriction put on buying tea that made it so they could only buy English tea. The colonists were not too happy.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    This event was the Patriots dumping British tea into Boston harbor as a protest. This was important because it was a protest to the tea act, and sent a message to the British.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts
    These were punishments for the Boston Tea Party, such as soldiers being allowed in the public’s homes. These acts only made the colonists more upset with Britain.
  • First Continental Congress

    This event is when the powerful colonists all met up to discuss what to do about the British abusing their power.
  • The Second Continental Congress

    The Second Continental Congress
    This is when they decreed how to build an army, and made George Washington the general. This then led to start of the war.
  • Lexington and Concord

    These were the first battles of the Revolutionary War. This is when the revolutionary war started, and there wasn’t much going back.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    This was the statement to the British that they wanted to be out, and they declared their independence. This was when there was no going back from the war.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This battle is considered the turning point of the war, and is when the Americans got a victory. This victory is considered absolutely crucial.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    This was the third winter encampment of the war, and was when they truly started trying to properly train.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    This was the Battle when the colonists finally won the war. This caused the patriots to finally have their independence.
  • Constitution Written

    Constitution Written
    The Constitution gave the United States a foundation of a government, and has been used in the US since it’s been ratified.
  • US Constitution Adopted

    US Constitution Adopted
    This was when the form of government got ratified, and The United States officially had their own government.