American Revolution Timeline

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  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was passed by Parliament on March 22, 1765. This was an act imposing taxes on printed items.
  • Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty
    The Sons of Liberty formed in protest to any sort of "taxation without representation." Out of all of it's members, some of the more famous are Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, James Otis, Paul Revere, and Doctor Joseph Warren.
  • Declatory Act

    Declatory Act
    Directly after the Stamp Act was repealed, Parliament passed the Declaratory Act, which declared that Britain still had complete control in America.
  • Townshend Act

    Townshend Act
    Another act passed by Parliament, this time putting taxes on imports of glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea for the benefit of Britain.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    A mob formed around a British sentry in Boston on March 5, 1770. Troops met the mob with loaded guns, and 5 American men were shot by the British troops.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Passed by Parliament to further tax the colonists on tea, as well as get them to accept the taxation. Colonists were immediatly angered by this.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston  Tea Party
    In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists dressed as Native Americans and dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor from British ships. This was in protest to the Tea Acts.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Angered by the Boston Tea Party, Parliament passed the "Intolerable Acts," which were comprised of 5 acts. These include the Quartering Act, the Quebec Act, the Administration of Justice Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, and the Boston Port Bill.
  • 1st Continental Congress

    1st Continental Congress
    A large group of representatives of the colonies who met in Philadelphia to discuss their reaction to the "Intolerable Acts."
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The first military engagements of the American Revolution. About 700 British army men were sent to take the stash of arms out of Concord, and the Patriots met them there. They were outnumbered and fell back. British victory.
  • 2nd Continental Congress

    2nd Continental Congress
    The second meeting of the Continental Congress. This time the meeting was to discuss further actions after the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
  • Common Sense

    Common Sense
    A pamphlet written by Thomas Paine to convince the Americans to break away from British law and seek independence.
  • Battle of NY

    Battle of NY
    The British arrived in America to take New York. George Washington led his American troops against William Howe's British. The British won, causing the American's to retreat.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    A document created and signed by the members of the Continental Congress which stated that America was to be regarded as an independent state from Britain. It listed grievances to the King, as well as asserted natural rights.
  • Battle of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton
    After losing the first two battles of the American Revolution, American army morale was low. General George Washington, however, led his troops across the Delaware River on Christmas night, surprising the British troops, and aquired the first American victory in the Battle of Trenton.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The American Army forced the British troops to surrender at Saratoga. American's used gurilla warfare and sniping tecniques to kill off British generals. This American victory convinced the French army to join forces with America.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    With the help of General Lafayette, the Americans claimed another victory against the British in the Battle of Yorktown. The final battle of the American Revolution. British General Cornwallis was forced to sign the Treaty of Paris after surrendering.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The document that formally ended the American Revolutionary War.