American Revolution Timeline

  • Albany Plan of Union

    A plan to assemmble delegates from colonies to American Continental Assembly.
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    French and Indian War

    A war between France and Britain, started with French expansion in America and ended with British control of the colonies and extreme debt for the British.
  • Sugar Act

    Tax on sugar, wine, and other goods to collect money for security in colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Tax on any documents used in colonies to raise money for protection on Western Front.
  • Townshend Acts

    Raise money for salaries for judges and governors, lead to Boston Massacre.
  • Boston Massacre

    Caused by a small scuffle outside governors mansion, British soldiers fired, killing 5.
  • Tea Act

    Made to get rid of excess tea not selling, forcing it upon the colonists.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Angry colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians, dumped a ships load of tea to protest the Tea Act.
  • Continental Congress

    Formed due to dislike of Coercive Acts, this united colonies in one hatred of England.
  • Coercive Acts

    AKA Intolerable Acts, because of Tea Party, stripped Massachusetts of self Government.
  • Lexington and Concord

    First battles of war, British marched to these towns to seize munitions and political leaders.
  • Bunker Hill

    After Lexington and Concord, the Americans built fortifications on a hill overlooking Boston, and the British came to take it, finally succeeding but at a great loss of life.
  • Olive Branch Petition

    Attempt to make England respect colonies rights while remaining loyal to England still.
  • Writs of Assistance

    "Search Warrant" allowing officers to search homes for smuggled goods.
  • 2nd Continental Congress

    Met because of Lexington & Concord and Bunker Hill, decided colonies would break away from England completely.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declared official freedom against England.