American Revolution Timeline

  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Taxes by the British on the colonies that required printed materials to be produced on stamped paper from London.
  • Gaspee Affair

    Gaspee Affair
    British sent ships to patrol American waters to intercept smugglers. One ship, the Gaspee, stationed at Narragansette Bay, RI continually searched ships without a warrent and stole food from colonists. When it ran aground colonists siezed control and burned it.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Tea Act passed by British parliment allowing East India Trading Co. tea to be sold cheaper than smuggled dutch tea. American tea merchants felt like the Brits were trying to put them out of buisness. Commitee's decided not to let the tea land in port. All the cities got rid of the tea; Boston threw it into the harbour.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Representitive from every colony, except Georgia, met in Philidelphia. It was held to discuss thier responce to the Intolerable Acts placed by the British.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Delegates from 13 colonies met in Philidelphia to manage colonial war effort and work towards indipendance from Britain.
  • Committees Correspondence Established

    Committees Correspondence Established
    Lots of written work on the British policies was being written in the American colonies. to spread the news from colony to colony the Committee's Corespondence was established.
  • Paul Revere's Ride

    Paul Revere's Ride
    Paul Revere was an express rider from Boston who was sent to carry news, messages, andcopies of documents. Sent to Lexington, MA to notify Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British were coming to arrest them.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    British troops were sent to capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Minute Men were waiting to attack at Lexington. Colonists retreated. British troops went to Concord to search for weapons and ammunition and were attacked by the Minute Men. British retreated.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    Battle of Bunker Hill
    British lost more than 1,000 soldiers. Coloniel militia stood up to one of the worlds biggest armies. Brought confidence to Americans.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Olive Branch Petition
    For an effort at peace, the Continental Congress sent a letter to the King.
  • Proclamation for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition

    Proclamation for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition
    After Battle of Bunker Hill British stated that the American colonies were in a state of open rebellion and they were to suppress it.
  • Coercive Acts

    Coercive Acts
  • Common Sense Published

    Common Sense Published
    British evacuate Boston
  • British Evacuate Boston

    British Evacuate Boston
  • Declaration of Indipendance

    Declaration of Indipendance
    A document written and signed by colonists such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others delcaring indipendance from England.