The British imposed a law that prevented colonists from selling their most valuable products to any country excpet Britain. It also forced American colonists to pay high taxes on imprted French and Dutch goods.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The French and Indian War was a war caused by the land dispute between France and Britain for North American lands. When the fighting ended in 1763, Britain emerged victorious, and was granted most of France's land in North America.
  • Stamp Acts

    Stamp Acts
    American colonists were forced to pay a tax to have an official stamp put on an array of different documents. The British believed they had the right to impose a tax because they had run up a debt in the French and Indian War, and the war's outcome had benefitted the colonists.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Since the British had recently imposed a tax on tea, the American colonists dumped a load of British tea into the Boston Harbor in an effort to protest the tax.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Since King George III had closed the Boston Harbor after being infuriated after the Boston Tea Party, all of the American colonies except Georgia sent a representative to Philadelphia to protest the treatment of Boston.
  • Battle of Lexington

    Battle of Lexington
    At the Battle of Lexington, exchanged gunfire in Lexington, Massachusetts. The fighting eventually spread to the nearby town of Concord. This was the main start of the American Revolution.
  • Second Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence

    Second Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence
    The Second Continental Congress was formed after the complaints of the first one were ignored. The representatives decided to raise an army and organize for battle under the command of a Virginian named George Washington after the Battle of Lexington. Then, in July 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, which was based on the ideas of John Locke and the Enlightenment.
  • French Join the Americans