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American Revolution Timeline

  • Enlightenment

    It saw the development of new ideas about the rights of people and their relationship to their rulers. It was an intellectual movement that focused on the use of reason and scientific method as ways of obtaining knowledge. John Locke was an enlightenment philosopher whose ideas influenced Americans.
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  • John Lock writes Two Treatises on Government

    John Lock writes Two Treatises on Government
    He wrote these treatises which helped start the American Revolution. Locke talked about philosophies and power, government, and reason. He played a big role in the Enlightenment and was able to influence Americans on self-government.
  • The French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War
    The French and Indian War was the fourth war between Great Britain and France for control over North America. This war ended with the defeat of France and it lead to the transfer of French Canada to Britain.
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    The French and Indian War

  • Pontiac's Rebellion

    Pontiac's Rebellion
    The leader of the Ottawa, Pontiac, did not appreciate that the colonists were expanding into the Native American’s land. He led his tribe to capture eight British forts in the Ohio River valley. The British responded by giving blankets that were infected with smallpox and the virus spread quickly among the Native Americans. A treaty was negotiated between the British and Native Americans.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War. This treaty granted Canada and all French land holdings east of the Mississippi River to the British except for New Orleans. The British also gained Florida from Spain.
  • The Proclamation of 1763

    The Proclamation of 1763
    England prohibited colonists in the Americas from making settlements west of the Appalachian mountains. The reason for doing this was the prevent future conflicts between colonists and Native Americans. Britain also go all French land holdings east of the Mississippi River except New Orleans, they also received Florida from Spain. However, the colonists didn’t follow the Proclamation of 1763 and continued moving west.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    Parliament passed the Stamp Act requiring that colonists use special paper with stamps for legal documents, licenses and newspapers as well as other papers. This was the first direct taxation that Parliament issued on the colonies. The colonists protested the act.
  • The Quartering Acts

    The Quartering Acts
    The Quartering Act was an act that was part of the Intolerable Acts. It allowed British soldiers who were serving in America to stay in the colonists’ private homes and buildings. The colonists had no say in this but had to abide by the act.
  • Stamp Act Congress

    Stamp Act Congress
    This was an assembly made by the colonist to protest the stamp act. The stamp act congress issued a Declaration of Rights and Grievances, that stated that parliament didn’t have the power to impose taxes on the colonist without have representation in parliament.
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    Stamp Act Congress

  • The Townshend Acts

    The Townshend Acts
    Laws Parliament passed on the colonies that established indirect taxes on goods imported from Britain; the colonists were most upset about the three penny tax on tea. The Townshend Acts were passed after the Stamp Act was repealed. Britain wanted to show that they were still in power.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    A clash between the British soldiers and colonists in Boston. Colonists were throwing snowballs at the soldiers. In response, the soldiers attacked the unarmed colonists: five colonists were killed as a result.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    When the colonists revolted to the tax on tea (the Tea Act) by dumping 18,000 pounds of East India Company’s tea into the Boston Harbor. The colonists dressed as Native Americans during the Boston Tea Party.
  • The First Continental Congress

    The First Continental Congress
    After the intolerable acts were presented the colonist formed an assembly to protest called The First Continental Congress. This congress included 56 delegates and they assembled in Philadelphia and wrote a declaration of colonial rights. They defended the colonial’s rights and affairs.
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    The First Continental Congress

  • The Coercive Acts

    The Coercive Acts
    The Coercive Acts were a series of four acts made by the British Parliament to close the port of Boston, expand Quartering Act, and limit self-government. The aim of this act was to gain back control in Massachusetts and to punish the colonist for the Boston Tea Party. The Coercive Acts were also known as the Intolerable Acts.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    They were the first battles of the American Revolution War. King George III ordered British troops to put down the rebellion from the colonist and sent troops to these towns. Paul Revere spread word of the invasion and minutemen were able to gather before british troops arrived in Lexington.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. The congress served as the only agency of national government during the Revolutionary War.
  • Minutemen

    They are patriot civilian soldiers who pledged to be ready to fight at moments notice, to fight for the colonies. They gathered together at Lexington, Massachusetts to fight off the British troops.
  • Thomas Paine writes Common Sense

    Thomas Paine writes Common Sense
    Common Sense was a pamphlet published by Thomas Paine. This pamphlet challenged the King of England’s rule over the colonies. It shifted the colonies anger from the Parliament to the ruler.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence expanded on the concepts of John Locke’s ideas of natural rights. The Declaration stated these rights were life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    This battle was a turning point for the Americans. After this American victory, Benjamin Franklin negotiated a Treaty of Alliance with France.
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    Battle of Saratoga

  • Beginning of French involvement in the American Revolution (Treaty of Alliance)

    Beginning of French involvement in the American Revolution (Treaty of Alliance)
    France agreed to aid America during the Revolutionary War. France recognized America's independence and in the terms of the treaty, they agreed to support each other with military.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    The Battle of Yorktown was the last battle of the Revolutionary War. Americans benefited from the presence of the French army and navy. The war ended in an American victory.
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    Battle of Yorktown

  • Benjamin Franklin and the Treaty of Paris

    Benjamin Franklin and the Treaty of Paris
    The treaty that ended the Revolutionary war. It established that the United States was an independent nation and also created the boundaries. The United States boundary was from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and reached from Canada to Florida.