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American Revolution

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  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    Acts that regulated how trade worked between Great Britain and its colonies.
  • French and Indian War Ends

    French and Indian War Ends
    Treaty of Paris (1763) Great Britain and Prussia defeat France, and Spain gaining land. The British control over North America expands, and France is all but expelled. The war also leads to British debt, and colony tax increases.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Tax imposed on the colonies on paper products such as cards, legal documents, etc. Like many taxes to come colonists particularly disliked the lack of representation in the making of the taxes.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Colonists are shot by British Troops in Boston after harassing the soldiers by throwing miscellaneous items and heckling them. Sparks additional unrest as the colonists were killed while protesting the British rule.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Due to the East India company having financial trouble the British decided to enact the Tea Act which undercut smugglers by lowering prices of Tea so the colonists bought it off them instead of smuggling it. Although the tax from the Townshend act was still upheld.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    In response to the Tea Act the colonists boycotted British tea, and made a massive statement by boarding ships and dumping all of the tea into the harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Series of acts enacted in 1774 to attempt to punish the colonists for the Boston Tea party; however it only managed to strengthen the support for a revolution by the colonists.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Meeting between delegates from 12 out of 13 of the colonies with Georgia being the only colony not to hold a seat due to loyalist majorities. The congress discussed what the collective response of the colonists should be to the intolerable acts, and the actions of the British in general.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    War breaks out between the British army and colonist militias. The British succeed in destroying supplies in Concord however they are beaten in battle at Lexington. What became known as the shot heard round the world gave birth to a future superpower. The colonists gained a major political victory as the British army was humiliated and the victory inspired colonists.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Meeting between delegates of all 13 colonies. Congress discusses preparations for war, and appoints Washington as the leader of the Continental army.
  • Declaration of Independence Adopted

    Declaration of Independence Adopted
    America declares its independence from Great Britain signaling the birth of the nation,
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    Saratoga picture
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    Battles of Saratoga

    Series of battles in New York that lead to an American victory of the British. This lead to the Americans being seen as a force to be reckoned with and led to the French involvement in the war.
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    Valley Forge Picture
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    Winter at Valley Forge

    The harsh winter devasted Washington's army killing off many of the soldiers, and leading to desertions. However the tough winter, and training proved to help forge a powerful army for Washington.
  • Yorktown PIcture

    Yorktown PIcture
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    Siege of Yorktown

    American and French forces lay siege to Yorktown for 3 weeks before the British surrender. With the British Defeat at Yorktown Britain ends all major operations in North America ending the war in the U.S. Victory with the Peace of Paris(1783)
  • Constitution Written

    Constitution Written
    The Constitution of the United states is written laying the basic foundation of the United States. James Madison becomes known as the father of the Constitution as he was the main writer.
  • US Constitution is adopted

    US Constitution is adopted
    After a long series of back and forth negotiations the Constitutions is ratified.