American revolution By Sweeneyb25 1600 Navigation act Tried to regulate colonists trading and what was imported but wasn’t religiously enforced. 1763 French and Indian war ends The British fought a large and crippling war against the French and Indians and expected the colonists to pay for the war debt. Mar 22, 1765 Stamp act Taxed items such as newspapers and pamphlets colonists found this to be a attack against there rights. Mar 5, 1770 The Boston massacre Colonists protesting threw rocks and ice at British soldiers who opened fire in defense and killed 5 colonists. May 10, 1773 Tea act Britain puts a tax on all tea to try and repair its debt from the war which outrages the colonists paying for it. Dec 16, 1773 Boston tea party A handful of colonists riled together and threw a whole ships worth of tea into the Boston harbor in protest of the tax on tea. Sep 5, 1774 First continental congress 12 state representatives gathered in Philadelphia to discuss moves against the British for what happened in Massachusetts. 1775 Second continental congress Colonist leaders came together and formed a continental army with George Washington in command. Apr 19, 1775 Lexington and concord The first battle of the revolutionary war where the first shots of the war took place between the British and colonists. Jul 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence adopted American leaders signed the declaration claiming there break from Great Britain and its government. Sep 19, 1777 Battle of Saratoga A large win for the colonists and the turning point of the war and convinced the French to join the side of the colonists. Dec 19, 1777 Winter at Valley Forge A hard blow to the colonists where the cold winter and starvation killed hundreds of colonist soldiers but George Washington held his army together. Sep 28, 1781 Battle of Yorktown The final battle that crumbled the British war effort and forced the British to end the war two years later. 1787 U.S. constitution written This constitution fixed all the problems we had with Great Britain and created laws to protect the people from the government.