American History Timeline

  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The Proclamation Act prohibited colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains in an attempt to make peace with the Indians. The colonists objected and violated the act because they wanted to expand westward because they feared they would be overpopulated.
  • The Sugar Act of 1764

    The Sugar Act of 1764
    The Sugar Act cut the duty on foreign molasses, retained a high duty on foreign refined sugar, and prohibited the importation of all foreign rum to make up the debt from the 7 years war. The colonists got made since they needed molasses for rum.
  • Currency Act of 1764

    Currency Act of 1764
    Parliament assumed control of the colonial currency system. The act prohibited the issue of any new bills and the reissue of existing currency. Parliament favored a hard currency system based on the pound sterling abolished the colonial bills. The colonies protested against this. The colonies had an unfavorable balance of trade with Great Britain to begin with and argued that the shortage of hard capital would worsen the situation.
  • The Stamp Act of 1765

    The Stamp Act of 1765
    It imposed a tax on all papers and official documents in American colonies since Parliament reasoned the American colonies needed to offset the sums necessary for their maintenance. The colonists were angered by it and acted to opposed it because the colonists weren't represented in Parliament.
  • The Quartering Act of 1765

    The Quartering Act of 1765
    It made colonial government to provide housing, feeding, and supplying of British troops so the government wouldn't have to pay because they were in debt. The colonists fought with British soldiers since the colonists thought it took away their rights.
  • Declaratory Act of 1766

    Declaratory Act of 1766
    The act stated Parliament authority could make laws binding the American colonies and that Parliament authority was the same in British as in America since they didn't want to surrender any control over the colonies. The colonies saw that they ability to tax the colonies without giving them representation in Parliament was disgraceful.
  • The Townshend Tevenue Act of 1767

    The Townshend Tevenue Act of 1767
    It imposed a levy on a number of goods imported to American colonies to raise revenue from colonists by tax ion external trade. Colonists protest and boycott goods since they saw this as an abuse of power and they didn't have a say in parliament.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    White was teasing with several colonists, but hit one of them on the head. Colonists gathered on King Street when they heard fire. Six privates joined as White called for the soldiers when the colonists started to taunt him. Montgomery fired his musket when he fell, causing someone to shout fire. More shots rang out, causing five people to die.
  • The Tea Act of 1773

    The Tea Act of 1773
    The Tea act taxed the colonies to pay the tea tax and made it illegal to buy non-British tea to offer a financial bailout to the East-India company. This infuriated the colonists since they would have to pay a lot of tax for tea and they had to buy British tea.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonists got extremely mad when the British only allowed the East India Company to sell tea to British and its colonies and made the tea price extremely expensive. The Townshend Revenue Act made the colonists more mad when they raised the price on all sorts of things. So the Sons of Liberty dressed up as Native Americans and emptied 342 chests of tea from the Dartmouth and two other ships into the sea.
  • The Intolerable Acts 1774

    The Intolerable Acts 1774
    The Intolerable Acts were 4 cruel acts designed to punish the colonists and assert dominance. Boston Port Act - Closed down Boston Port for everything except food and water. Massachusetts Government Act- Revoked Massachusetts charter. Quartering Act - Allowed British soldiers to live in colonists quarters. Administration of Justice Act - Ensured fair trial for British officials with capital offenses while quelling protests.
  • Lexington & Concord

    Lexington & Concord
    700 British soldiers were sent to Concord to confiscate gunpowder & weapons. 70 patriots waited for the British on Lexington Green & wanted their anger to be know. However, the remaining patriots immediately scattered after 18 casualties. People found out and warned Patriots of the British. Minute men and militias went to confront the British & the British escape after 300 casualties. Americans gain confidence and courage and the American Revolution has started.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill(Breed's Hill)

    The Battle of Bunker Hill(Breed's Hill)
    In June 13, 1775, Boston learns that Gage sent troops to fortify the unoccupied hills to gain control of Boston's harbor. Prescott & his 1000 troops take & fortify Bunker Hill,(Breed's hill). General Howe & 2000 soldiers go to the militia & send a combustible shell on Charlestown. The colonists beat the British twice, but get beat the 3rd time. Gage is replaced with General Howe & the colonists have trapped the British in Boston.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was written by the 2nd Continental Congress. It was written during the American Revolution and explained why the 13 colonies regarded themselves as independent and no longer subjects of the king and Great Britain. It states the following beliefs the colonists hold such as certain inalienable rights.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    Continental Army started its charge on the city. It was the Hessians and British against the colonists and lasted for 10 years. The Americans won and became better and united. They were also in control of New Jersey again.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Battle of Saratoga consisted of two battles, but the colonists ultimately prevailed over the British with the help of the French. This resulted in higher morale from the colonists and motivated more people to join the battle in Albany.
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
    The Battle of Valley Forge was near Philadelphia where British troops were located. Over 2000 Americans died from disease and malnutrition. However, the Americans won with the help of General George Washington.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    General Washington finds out that British General Charles Cornwallis is going to Yorktown for its good harbor and reinforcements. Washington and 16,000 men go to Yorktown. At the end, Cornwallis tries to escape but there is a storm. This ends the Revolutionary War and a new nation is born.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    John Jay, John Adams, Henry Lawrence, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin to settle the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty of Paris established American independence, dealt with fishing rights, and forbid British to carry slaves. The Treaty of Paris was negotiated on the Mississippi River. The Treat of Paris made peace between England and the US.