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American Revolution

  • The stamp act

    The stamp act
  • The Quartering Act

    The Quartering Act
  • Patrick Henry's "If this be treason, make the most of it!" speech

     Patrick Henry's "If this be treason, make the most of it!" speech
  • Virginian Resolution

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    American Revolution

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    The Stamp Act Congress

  • The Declaratory Act

    The Declaratory Act
  • The Townshend Revenue Act

     The Townshend Revenue Act
  • Boston Non-Importation Agreement

    Boston Non-Importation Agreement
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
  • The Gaspee Affair

    The Gaspee Affair
  • The Tea Act

  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
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    The Intolerable Acts

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    The First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia and issues Declaration and Resolves

  • Battle of Point Pleasant

    Battle of Point Pleasant
    (disputed as to whether it was a battle of the American Revolution or the culmination of Lord Dunmore's War)
  • The Association

    The Association
    (prohibition of trade with Great Britain)
  • Galloway's Plan rejected

    Galloway's Plan rejected
  • Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech

    Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech
  • The battle of Lexington and concord (the shot heard round the world)

    The battle of Lexington and concord (the shot heard round the world)
  • The Rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes

    The Rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes
  • Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys seize Fort Ticonderoga

    Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys seize Fort Ticonderoga
  • The Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia

    The Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia
  • George Washington named Commander in Chief

    George Washington named Commander in Chief
  • Battle of Bunker Hill: The British drive the Americans from Breed's Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill: The British drive the Americans from Breed's Hill
  • Washington assumes command of the Continental Army

    Washington assumes command of the Continental Army
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    Ninety Six, SC, Patriots sieged

  • The patriots under Montgomery occupy Montreal in Canada

    The patriots under Montgomery occupy Montreal in Canada
  • Virginia and NC patriots rout Loyalist troops and burn Norfolk

    Virginia and NC patriots rout Loyalist troops and burn Norfolk
  • Col. Thomson with 1,500 rangers and militia capture Loyalists at Great Canebrake, SC

    Col. Thomson with 1,500 rangers and militia capture Loyalists at Great Canebrake, SC
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    Snow Campaign, in SC, so-called because patriots are impeded by 15" of snow

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    American forces under Benedict Arnold fail to seize Quebec

  • Daniel Morgan taken prisoner in attempt to take Quebec City

    Daniel Morgan taken prisoner in attempt to take Quebec City
  • Paine's "Common Sense" published

    Paine's "Common Sense" published
  • The patriots drive the Loyalists from Moore's Creek Bridge, North Carolina

    The patriots drive the Loyalists from Moore's Creek Bridge, North Carolina
  • The Continental fleet captures New Providence Island in the Bahamas

    The Continental fleet captures New Providence Island in the Bahamas
  • The British evacuate Boston; British Navy moves to Halifax, Canada

  • Patriots fail to take Three Rivers, Quebec

  • The Declaration of Independence is read publicly

    The Declaration of Independence is read publicly
  • The Virginia Declaration of Rights

     The Virginia Declaration of Rights
  • Sullivan's Island, SC, failed British naval attack

  • Patriots decisively defeat the British Navy at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina

  • The First Virginia Constitution

  • At the instigation of British agents, the Cherokee attack along the entire southern frontier

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    Congress debates and revises the Declaration of Independence

  • Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence

  • Lyndley's Fort, SC, Patriots fend off attack by Indians and Tories dressed as Indians

  • Ambushed by Cherokees, Patriots are saved by a mounted charge at Seneca, SC

  • Delegates begin to sign The Declaration of Independence

  • Tugaloo River, SC, Andrew Pickens defeats Cherokees

  • Andrew Pickens' detachment surrounded by 185 Cherokee Indians, forms a ring and fires outward. It is known as the "Ring Fight."

  • Col. Williamson and Andrew Pickens defeat Cherokee Indians and burn Tamassy, an Indian town

  • Redcoats defeat George Washington's army in the Battle of Long Island. Washington's army escapes at night.

  • The British occupy New York City

  • Generals George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Israel Putnam triumphantly hold their ground at the Battle of Harlem Heights

  • Col. Williamson's patriots attacked by Cherokees at Coweecho River, NC

  • Benedict Arnold defeated at the Battle of Valcour Island (Lake Champlain), but delayed British advance

  • The Americans retreat from White Plains, New York

  • The Hessians capture Fort Washington, NY

  • Lord Cornwallis captures Fort Lee from Nathanael Greene

  • Washington crosses the Delaware and captures Trenton from Hessians

  • Washington victorious at Princeton

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    Washington winters in Morristown, NJ

  • Benedict Arnold's troops force a British retreat at Ridgefield, Connecticut

  • Treaty of DeWitt's Corner, SC: Cherokees lose most of their land east of the mountains

  • Flag Resolution

  • St. Clair surrenders Fort Ticonderoga to the British

  • St. Clair surrenders Fort Ticonderoga to the British

  • Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia

  • The Redcoats force the patriots back at Oriskany, NY

  • American Militia under General Stark victorious at the Battle of Bennington, VT

  • British withdraw from Fort Stanwix, NY, upon hearing of Benedict Arnold's approach

  • British General Howe lands at Head of Elk, Maryland

  • The British win the Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania

  • Rain-out at the Battle of the Clouds, Pennsylvania

  • Burgoyne checked by Americans under Gates at Freeman's Farm, NY

    This is part of the "Battles of Saratoga."
  • Paoli Massacre, PA

  • British under Howe occupy Philadelphia

  • Americans driven off at the Battle of Germantown

  • Burgoyne loses second battle of Freeman's Farm, NY

    This is part of the "Battles of Saratoga."
  • Burgoyne surrenders to American General Gates at Saratoga, NY

  • Hessian attack on Fort Mercer, NJ repulsed

  • British capture Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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    Americans repulse British at Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania

  • Washington's army retires to winter quarters at Valley Forge

  • The United States and France sign the French Alliance

  • British General William Howe replaced by Henry Clinton

  • Battle of Barren Hill, Pennsylvania

  • British abandon Philadelphia and return to New York

  • Washington's army leaves Valley Forge

  • The Battle of Monmouth Court House ends in a draw

  • George Rogers Clark captures Kaskaskia

  • Fairfield, CT, burned by British

  • French and American forces besiege Newport, RI

  • The redcoats occupy Savannah

  • Maj. Gen. Moultrie defeats British detachment at Port Royal Island, SC

  • Patriots Andrew Pickens and Elijah Clarke beat Loyalists at Kettle Creek, GA

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    American George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes

  • British Lt. Col. Jacques Marcus Prevost defeats Americans under Gen. John Ashe at Brier Creek, GA

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    Maj. General Augustin Prévost breaks his siege when American forces under Maj. Gen. Lincoln approaches

  • Stono River, SC, Maj. Gen. Lincoln inflicts extensive British casualties in indecisive battle

  • Spain declares war on Great Britain

  • Norwalk, CT, burned by British July

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    American "Mad" Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, NY

  • "Light Horse" Harry Lee attacks Paulus Hook, NJ

  • Newtown, NY, after two massacres, American forces burn Indian villages

  • John Paul Jones, aboard the Bonhomme Richard, captures British man-of-war Serapis near English coast

  • The Tappan Massacre

  • American attempt to recapture Savannah, GA fails

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    Washington's 2nd winter at Morristown, NJ

  • British capture Charleston, SC

  • British crush Americans at Waxhaw Creek, SC

  • Patriots rout Tories at Ramseur's Mill, NC

  • French troops arrive at Newport, RI, to aid the American cause

  • Patriots defeat Tories at Hanging Rock, SC

  • British rout Americans at Camden, SC

  • John André arrested, leading to the exposure of Benedict Arnold's plans to cede West Point to the British

  • King's Mountain, SC: battle lasts 65 minutes. American troops led by Isaac Shelby and John Sevier defeat Maj. Patrick Ferguson and one-third of General Cornwallis's army

  • Washington names Nathanael Greene commander of the Southern Army

  • Mutiny of unpaid Pennsylvania soldiers

  • Patriot Morgan overwhelmingly defeats British Col. Tarleton at Cowpens, SC

  • The Battle of Cowan's Ford, Huntersville, NC

  • Articles of Confederation adopted

  • British win costly victory at Guilford Courthouse, NC

  • British Major Andrew Maxwell cedes Fort Granby, SC to patriot Lieutenant Colonel Henry Lee

  • Americans recapture Augusta, GA

  • British hold off Americans at Ninety Six, SC

  • "Mad" Anthony Wayne repulsed at Green Springs Farm, VA

  • Greene defeated at Eutaw Springs, SC

  • French fleet drives British naval force from Chesapeake Bay

  • Cornwallis surrounded on land and sea by Americans and French and surrenders at Yorktown, VA

  • Lord North resigns as British prime minister

  • British evacuate Savannah, GA

  • British and Americans sign preliminary Articles of Peace

  • British leave Charleston, SC

  • Congress ratifies preliminary peace treaty

  • The United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris

  • British troops leave New York City

  • Washington resigns as Commander

  • U.S. Constitution adopted, when New Hampshire ratifies it

  • U.S. Constitution signed