American History: 1763-1776

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  • Signing of the Treaty of Paris

    Signing of the Treaty of Paris
    Ending the French and Indian War. France had to leave and give up all of their North American land except New Orleans, in order to retain her Caribbean sugar islands. Britain gained all territory east of the Mississippi River; Spain kept territory west of the Mississippi, but exchanged East and West Florida for Cuba.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    King George III prohibited all settlement west of the Appalachian mountains because he didn't want to pay anymore money to defend the colonies. This offended the colonists who felt entitled to move west.
  • Sugar Act Passed

    Sugar Act Passed
    The first attempt to finance the defense of the colonies by the British Government. In order to stop smuggling and to encourage the production of British rum, taxes on molasses were dropped; a tax was placed on foreign Madeira wine and colonial exports of iron, lumber and other goods had to pass first through Britain and British customs.
  • Stamp Act Passed

    Stamp Act Passed
    Parliament taxed all legal documents, newspapers and pamphlets required to use watermarked, or 'stamped' paper.
  • Quartering Act Passed

    Quartering Act Passed
    Colonial assemblies required to pay for supplies to British troops.
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    Representatives from nine of the thirteen colonies declare the Stamp Act unconstitutional as it was a tax produced without their consent.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    The British repealed the Stamp Tax, but declares the right to tax colonists.
  • Townshend Revenue Act

    Townshend Revenue Act
    Duties on tea, glass, lead, paper and paint to help pay for the administration of the colonies, named after Charles Townshend.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Colonists threw snowballs and bricks and rocks at British soldiers and they threatened to shoot and there was a fire down the street. Someone yelled "fire" and the British opened fire killing 5 people.
  • Repeal of the Townshend Revenue Act

    Repeal of the Townshend Revenue Act
    The Townshend Act is repealed by Parliament.
  • Burning of the Gaspee

    Burning of the Gaspee
    The revenue schooner Gaspee ran aground near Providence, Rhode Island and was burnt by locals angered by the enforcement of trade legislation.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Parliament exempted the East India Company tea from import duties and allowed the Company to sell its tea directly to the colonies. Americans resented what they saw as an indirect tax.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Sons and Daughters of Liberty dressed up as Indians and boarded a British ship full of tea and dumped all the tea into Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Four laws which stripped Massachusetts of self-government and judicial independence following the Boston Tea Party. The colonies responded with a general boycott of British goods.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The colonial delegates meet up to figure out how they will oppose the Intolerable Acts. They decided on boycotting British goods and created the Declaration of Rights.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Battle of Lexington and Concord
    First battle of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    The first major battle of the American Revolution. Sir William Howe dislodged William Prescott's forces overlooking Boston at a cost of 1054 British deaths and 367 American deaths.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    Congress proposes a proposal asking for recognition of American rights, the ending of the Intolerable Acts in exchange for a cease fire. George III rejected the proposal and declared the colonies to be in open rebellion.
  • Common Sense Published

    Common Sense Published
    Thomas Paine publishes a pamphlet called Common Sense anonymously in Pennsylvania.
  • Declaration of Independence Signed

    Declaration of Independence Signed
    The Continental Congress gathered and they drafted, signed, and sent the Declaration of Independence to the king of England.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    George Washington crossed the Delaware on Christmas Day 1776 and won two crucial battles of the American Revolution.