American Revolution

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    The French and Indian War

  • The Stamp Act

    The Britsh passed another tax that required colonials to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper that they used. This further angered the colonists.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act was a tax on molasses that raised the price of sugar. This angered the colonials and set the stage for future rebellion.
  • The Quartering Act of 1765

    This Act was passed to allow any British soldier the right to occupy the home of a colonial. Citizens had to feed them, buy clothes for them, and provide shelter whether they wanted to or not.
  • The Townshend Act

    The Townshend Act was a tax on goods like oil, lead, paper, paint, glass and tea. This further angered the colonists.
  • The Boston Massacre

    British soldiers killed five people and wounded six during a protest against British rule. This event was used by the rebellious colonists to spark anger among other colonists.
  • The Tea Act

    The Tea Act was designed to give the East India Company an opportunity to sell their tea at bargain prices. This angered the colonists because it would have made it hard for local merchants to sell their own tea at a profit. It was the final straw before the colonists decided to act in rebellion.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party was the first large rebellious act for the colonists. A group of colonists dressed as Native Americans, snuck onto a ship with lots of tea on it, and threw a bunch of tea overboard. It was a counter-attack to The Tea Act.
  • The Boston Port Act

    The Boston Port Act was a result of the Boston Tea Party. The British were outraged at the colonists so they shut down Boston Port. No goods were allowed in or out of the port. This was the first of the "intolerable acts" by the British.
  • The Massachusetts Government Act

    The Massachusetts Government Act was passed by the British to allow the British Governor to take control over all town meetings. This was considered another "intolerable act" by the colonists.
  • The Quartering Act of 1774

    Once again, colonists were required to allow British soldiers to live in their homes whether they wanted them to or not.
  • The First Continental Congress

    Delegates from all the states gathered in Philadelphia to discuss what to do about being mistreated by the Britsh.
  • The Rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes

    Paul Revere and William Dawes ride to neighboring towns and villages to warn about the arrival of the Britsh army.
  • Lexington and Concord

    The Battle of Lexington and Concord was the first battle of the Revolutionary War. Minutemen fought the British "Red Coats" and many soldiers were killed. This event pushed the British and Americans toward full-scale war.
  • The First Virginia Constitution

    The First Virginia Constitution was a list of all the things that the colonials felt the British were doing wrong. It also described a new form of government for Virginia.
  • The Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence was created by the Congress to state that American was independent, why it wanted independence, and what they thought a government's purpose should be.
  • The Battle of Saratoga

    The British were advancing on American troops in Saratoga but were discovered by a scout who was able to warn American General Gates. The Battle of Saratoga ended with British General John Burgoyne surrendersing to General Gates.
  • The French Alliance

    The United States and France sign the French Alliance which stated that the French would now aid the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Before the Battle of Saratoga, the French did not want to openly side with America because they were not yet sure the colonists would win the war. Once Saratoga was won by the Americans, the French decided the Americans had a good chance of winning and decided to aid them. This is when the American army became more professional.
  • Washington Arrives in Valley Forge

    George Washington arrives in Valley Forge with troops. Here they survived a brutal winter with little food and clothing. Many soldiers died. Volunteers were trained to become a regimented army capable of defeating the British.
  • Articles of Confederation

    The Articles of Confederation was the first American government. Because the Americans feared giving the federal government too much power, they turned to a confederation of sovereign or independent states.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War between Great Britain and America.
  • U. S. Constitution

    Because of the deficiencies in the Articles of Confederation, Congress decided we needed a new government so the U.S. Constitution was formed. Through the legislative, executive and judiciary branches, it used checks and balances to balance the power between federal and state governments.