American Revolution

  • Intolerable Acts

    This acts had several punishments. The Boston Harbor was closed, the Massachusetts charter was stopped, they also had to house soldiers in their homes.
  • Treaty of Paris (French&Indian)

    This officially ended the French and Indian War. France lost Canada.
  • Sugar Act

    This was act was passed by British Parliament. Merchants had to pay 6 cents per gallon on imported foriegn molasses.
  • Stamp Act

    This was a direct tax imposed by the British. It was a stamp that had to be on all paper throughout the colonies.
  • Townshend Acts

    These laws placed new taxes on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston residents gathered at the local customs house to show their anger over the taxes passed by Parlament. Tension between the soldiers gaurding the house and the residents started to grow. Some of the men started to taunt the soldiers which made them even angrier. Not long after, one of the soldiers fired their muskets into the crowd. Three out of the four hundred Boston residents were killed and two others were wounded.
  • Tea Act

    According to this, tea was to be shipped directly to the colonies, and sold at a bargain price. Although the tea would be cheaper, the colonists felt that their rights were being taken away from them to buy tea from whoever they want. The tea act was the reason for the Boston Tea Party.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Frustration had already come over the Boston residents. But once the tea act was passed and officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, the colonists lost it. They boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. All while dressed up and chanting like wild savages.
  • First Continental Congress

    The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, from September 5, to October 26, 1774. Pennsylvania and New York sent delegates with firm instructions to seek a resolution with England. The other colonies voices were defensive of colonial rights, but pretty evenly divided between those who sought legislative parity, and the more radical members who were prepared for separation.
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    On April 19, British troops arrived at Lexington near Concord, where they were to seize the supplies. Little did they know the minutemen were waiting for them to come.The battle only lasted a few minutes and the minutemen suffered greatly. Whereas the British,continued onto Concord. The citizens of Concord were warned by that the British were advancing to their town. Most of the weapons in Concord were already hidden. Upon hearing this the minutemen charged and the war had officially begun.
  • Second Continental Congress

    In May 1775, delegates from the 12 colonies met once again for the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. They were still far from unified, but represented the first attempt at a republican government
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    On the moring of June 17, the British awoke to find that the patriots had positioned themselves on top of Breeds Hill over looking the British. As the 2,400 British troops advanced upward, the 1,600 patriots waited. As they climbed the British were cut down two times, only to try again and catch the patriots with no ammuniton. The patriots then had to retreat giving the British a win.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense was a 47 page pamphlet written by Thomas Paine.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence was drafted in June of 1776 by Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration was writen to declare the colonists independence from Britian. The colonists believed that the King was violating their unaliable rights and they wanted to be a free country. Congress officaly adopted the Declaration on July 4th. As a result of the Declaration, America is now a free counrty. And not only did the Declaration declare independence for America, but it also inspired other revolutions.
  • Battle of Trenton

    On the night before Christmas, Washington adn 2,400 soldiers silently crossed the Delaware River in the dead of night. In the morning, the men cold and low on supplies advanced toward the enemy camp. The Hessians, having celebrated the night before were fast asleep when the Patriots attacked them. American soldiers took over 900 prisioners.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Tired of losing, British leader JOhn Burgoyne decided to push through New York State and cut off New England form the other colonies. But standing in their way were the large trees and dammed rivers the patriots had created as an obsticle. As Burgoyne got closer to New York, the patriots had surrounded them. On October 17, 1777 he was forced to surrender. This battle was the turing point of the war.
  • Valley Forge

    The Continental Army settled in Philidelphia for the winter. About 2,000 soldiers died of diseas, freezing, or starving.
  • Siege of Charleston

    General Lincoln surrendered his troops to the British. It was their greatest loss because it gave the British nearly complete control of the South
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Cornwallis moved his force of 7,200 men to Yorktown, Virgina hoping to stay in connection with the British naval fleet. Washington saw an oppurtunity to trap Cornwallis. He ordered Lafayette to block his escape. He then combined his troops with some 4,000 French troops. They then proceeded to Virgina to cut of Cornwallis. The seige began and for weeks the fighting steadly wore down. Then on October 19, 1781 Cornwallis surrendered and the war was over.
  • Treaty of Paris(Revolutionary War)

    This treaty ended the Revolutionary War. It set America's borders and gave Florida back to the Spanish.