American Revolution

  • Minutemen

     Minutemen
    Minutemen were civilian soldiers who pledged to be ready to fight against the British on a minutes notice.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    French and British forces colided, they had already fought 3 incinclusive wars. In 1754 after 6 years of silence, the problem restarted, this problem became known as the French and Indian war.
  • Stamp Act & colonists response

    Stamp Act & colonists response
    The stamp act imposed taxes on documents and printed items including wills, playing cards, and news papers. This was the first tax that directly affected the colonists. Colonists united to fight this law, a secret resistance group callled The Sons of Liberty formed.
  • John Locke’s Social Contract

     John Locke’s Social Contract
    Social Contract- an agreement in which the people consent to chose and obey a government so long as it safeguards their natural rights.
  • Treaty Of Paris

    Treaty Of Paris
    This treaty ended the revolutionary war, confirming the independence 0f the united states and setting the boundaries of a new nation.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    an order in which Britain prohibited its American colonists from setting west of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Sugar Act & colonists response

    Sugar Act & colonists response
    It halved the the duty on foreign molasses in the hopes in the hopes that colonists would pay a lower tax rather than risk arrest by smuggling. This however had little effect on the colonists.
  • Sons of Liberty is formed & Samuel Adams

     Sons of Liberty is formed & Samuel Adams
    A group formed to reject the taxes imposed on the colonists.
  • Declaratory Act

    Declaratory Act
    This changed the sugar act to make it less
  • Writ of Assistance

    Writ of Assistance
  • Townshend Acts & colonists response, Why they were repealed

    Townshend Acts & colonists response, Why they were repealed
    The colonists repealed these taxes because they were directly affected by them, previous taxes had been indirect. Many complained that the taxes wouldm reduce their profits.
  • Boston Massacre

     Boston Massacre
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
  • Boston Tea Party

     Boston Tea Party
    18,000 pounds of tea was dumped in the boston harbor by the 'Indians".
  • Intolerable Acts – all 3 parts

    Intolerable Acts – all 3 parts
  • First Continental Congress meets

    First Continental Congress meets
  • Second Continental Congress

     Second Continental Congress
    At this time the Second continental congress was readying for war, although they were hoping for peace.
  • Continental Army

    Continental Army
    Congress recognized the continental militia as the continental army, George Washington was appointed as comander.
  • Midnight riders: Revere, Dawes, Prescott

     Midnight riders: Revere, Dawes, Prescott
    The midnight riders rode out to spread the word that 700 British troops were headed for Concord.
  • Battle of Lexington

    Battle of Lexington
    The first battle of the Revolutionary war, lasted only 15 minutes. 18 minutemen were killed, and only one British Soldier.
  • Battle of Concord

    Battle of Concord
    The British found an empty arsenal at Concord. There was a brief skirmish with Minutemen, the soldiers lined up to march back. At that point between 3,000- 4,000 minutemen has assembled to slaughter the British soldiers.
  • Olive Branch Petition

     Olive Branch Petition
    Congress sent the king a so called olive branch petition, urging a return to "the former harmony" between Britain and the colonies.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

     Battle of Bunker Hill
    Thomas Gage sent 2,400 British Soldiers up the hill. Colonists held fire until the last remaining minute and then began to take down the red coats before retreating. 450 men died, over 1,000 casualties.
  • Loyalists and Patriots

     Loyalists and Patriots
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Ideas of natural rights, "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" considered to be unalienable rights.
  • Publication of Common Sense

     Publication of Common Sense
    A widely read 50 page pamphlet titled Common sense, Thomas Paine attacked King George and the monarchy. He refered to the king as "the royal brute of Britain"
  • Washington’s Christmas night surprise attack

    Washington’s Christmas night surprise attack
  • Redcoats push Washington’s army across theDelaware River into Pennsylvania

     Redcoats push Washington’s army across theDelaware River into Pennsylvania
  • Saratoga

    Saratoga
    American troops surendered on October 17th. The surrender turned out to be one of the most important events of the war. The saratoga victory bolstered France's belief that Americans could win the war.
  • French-American Alliance

    French-American Alliance
    The french signed an alliance with the Americans in February
  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge
  • British victories in the South

    British victories in the South
    In their greatest victory of the war, the british under General Henry Clinton and Charles Cornwallis captured Charles Town, South Carolina, in May 1780. Later Cornwallis planned to fortify Yorktown, take Virginia, and then move north to join Clinton's force.
  • Friedrich von Steuben and Marquis de Lafayette

    Friedrich von Steuben and Marquis de Lafayette
    Prussian Captain and talented drill master.