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American Revolution

  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    ~ regulated colonial trade + manufacturing ~ not enforced well, smuggling was very common
  • French and Indian War Ends

    French and Indian War Ends
    ~ colonies + England defeat the French + native allies ~treasuring of Britain
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    ~ taxed common items such as newspaper ~ led to “no taxation without representation”.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    ~ British soldiers open fire on a riot and kill five colonists ~ colonists we’re angered by this clash that would leave to war
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    ~ British East India Co. were allowed to directly ship tea to colonies without middlemen ~ Enraged colonists due to lack of representation
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    ~ Angry colonists threw tea into the harbor ~ protests tea act but British pass harsh laws to punish (the Intolerance Acts)
  • Coercive/Intolerance Acts

    Coercive/Intolerance Acts
    ~ series of acts respond to the Boston tea party ~ caused the first continental congress
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    ~ representatives discussed how to respond to the harsh moves against Massachusetts
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    ~ opening battle of the American revolution ~ led to the second meeting of the continental congress
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    ~ met to discuss the battle part of the wars beginning ~ set up continental army
  • Declaration of Independence Adopted

    Declaration of Independence Adopted
    ~Locke’s way of thinking reflected, discussing natural rights
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    ~ turning point in the war ~ France joined americas side and gives americas supplies
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    ~Troops we’re trained in horrible conditions ~ army is officially trained to fight and defeat Yorktown
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    ~Colonists forced the British to surrender ~ Led to the signing to the treaty of Paris, an official end to the war
  • U.S. Constitution Written

    U.S. Constitution Written
    ~Strong flexible framework for a government ~ Articles of confederation were too weak so the new document was written
  • U.S. Constitution Adopted

    U.S. Constitution Adopted
    ~ document of legal rights for citizens and symbol of freedom ~ created federal republic