American Revolution

  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    These were put in place to regulate colonial trade and manufacturing. Britain didn’t like how the colonies were getting so much trade for themselves without helping the parent country. These however were very hard to enforce.
  • French and Indian War Ends

    French and Indian War Ends
    England beat France and its allies. The war used a lot of Britain’s funds causing more taxes for the colonists.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    British enforced tax on all papers and official documents. This caused a lot of boycotting against the British.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British soldiers shot into a mob of patriots, killing several. Helping to spark the colonists' desire for their independence.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Granted companies permission to ship their tea directly to America so that independent sellers could not control the prices. This angered the colonies since they had no say in how they were being taxed.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    In Boston, Massachusetts, the colonists boycotted England's tax on tea. They snuck onto a British trade ship and dumped all the tea into the ocean. Showing how they would not stand for taxation without proper representation.
  • Coercive/Intolerable Acts

    Coercive/Intolerable Acts
    A set of four laws passed by the British Parliament. Aiming to punish the colonists after the British Tea Party. Only angering the colonists more so that they will want to band together even more to stop British rule.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    A couple of representatives from the colonies came together to discuss the boycotting of British goods. Leading to ideas and different ways to boycott taxes from the British.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    This was the starting battle of the American Revolution. When Britain won the battle, it persuaded many Americans to fight for their newfound independence.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Another meeting between representatives from the colonies. This meeting assumed the functions of a normal government. They were continuously still working on independence from England.
  • Declaration of Independence Adopted

    Declaration of Independence Adopted
    Several representatives from the colonies came together to construct their formal declaration of independence from England. This severed the connection between the colonies and Britian. Becoming a major cause of the Revolution.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    America's first win against the British. This caused the French to align with them. Gaining America its first ally in the battle against England, and being a crucial turning point.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    Camp at Valley Forge, where soldiers from the Continental Army were stationed all winter. Hundreds of Americans died from diseases. Loyalty from the patriots was built up to George Washington since he stayed with his troops.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    British General surrenders to American soldiers. Becoming a turning point in the war since this was the last of most British military in the colonies.
  • U.S. Constitution Written

    U.S. Constitution Written
    Written by James Madison, the constitution is the founding document of America. This document helped to start forming a new independent government in America. Showing they were serious about their independence and that they had the means of completing their goal.
  • U.S. Constitution Adopted

    U.S. Constitution Adopted
    The official publishing of the U.S. Constitution. This guaranteed the citizens of America certain basic rights and formed some fundamental laws.