American Revolution

  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris ends French and Indian War (1754-1763). Canada east of the Mississippi River added to the British empire. Britian had a large amount of war debt.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act doubling the duties on foreign goods reshipped from England to the colonies. A court is established in Halifax, Nova Scotia with jurisdiction over all of the American colonies in trade matters. Britain starts taxing to decrease war bebt
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament as a means to pay for British troops on the American frontier. Colonists violently protest the first direct tax on the American colonies. Americans were forced to pay tax directly to England. and not to their own local legislatures in America.
  • The Quartering Act

    The Quartering Act required American colonists to house British troops and supply them with food.
  • The Sons of Liberty

    The Sons of Liberty is formed - a secret organization opposed to the Stamp Act
  • The Stamp Act Congress

    The Stamp Act Congress prepares a resolution to be sent to King George III requesting the repeal of the Stamp Act
  • Colonists act out

    Many daily transactions cease as the Stamp Act goes into effect. Violence breaks out in New York City
  • Stamp Act repealed

    Stamp Act repealed - Ben Franklin argued for repeal and warned of a possible revolution in the American colonies if the Stamp Act was enforced by the British military. Americans gain some confidence
  • Violence n New York

    Violence breaks out in New York between British soldiers and members of the Sons of Liberty due to the continued refusal to comply with the Quartering Act
  • The Boston Massacre

    "The Boston Massacre" - Four workers shot by British troops in Boston. Tensions eise alot between colonist and the british
  • Townshend & Quartering Repealed

    Repeal of the Townshend Acts and the Quartering Act by the British. The only duties on imports into the colonies are for tea
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party occurs when activists disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians then board the ships and dump all 342 containers of tea into the harbor. The Colonial activists were believed to be organized by Samuel Adams and the "Sons of Liberty" group. Samuel Adams then began to make his case for independence to John Adams, his second cousin, and a wealthy merchant named John Hancock.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts in response to the rebellion in Massachusetts. The Intolerable Acts included Massachusetts Government Act, Administration of Justice Act, Boston Port Act, Quartering Act.
  • The First Continental Congress meets

    The First Continental Congress meets and declares its opposition to the Coercive Acts. The rights to "life, liberty and property" are asserted and delegates agree to a boycott English imports, place an embargo of exports to Britain and discontinue the slave trade.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Shots fired at Lexington and Concord where weapons depot destroyed. "Minute Men" force British troops back to Boston. George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill

    While the result was a victory for the British, they suffered heavy losses: over 800 wounded and 226 killed. Showed pwer of Continental Army
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.
  • Support from france

    The American revolution gains support from King Louis XVI of France. The colonists gain momentum
  • The Declaration

    Thomas Jefferson presents the United States Declaration of Independence
  • The Declaration signed

    Members of Congress sign the United States Declaration of Independence. Future Americans are looking up about the revolution
  • Battle of Saratoga

    American victory at Battle of Saratoga. Huge win for Americans, gave further hope that the revolution was a good choice.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation - Congress is made sole authority of the new national government.
  • France signs a treaty of alliance

    France signs a treaty of alliance with the United States and the American Revolution soon becomes a world war.
  • Yorktown

    American victory at Yorktown terms discussed for the British surrender a devastating effect on the British
  • Preliminary peace treaty

    Preliminary peace treaty signed in Paris recognising American independence and the British withdrawal from America.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris is signed by the United States and Great Britain. The revolutionary war is officially over.