American Revolution Timeline

  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    The Navigation Acts were to restrict colonial trade to England. This led to higher prices.
  • French and Indian War ends

    French and Indian War ends
    England defeated France and Native American allies. The British treasury was drained. Britain thought colonists should pay their share.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was an act of the Parliament which imposed a direct tax on the British and required printed materials.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    9 British soldiers shot 5 colonist’s who were harassing them with snowballs and clubs.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The act granted the company the right to ship its tea directly to the colonies without first landing it in England.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    American colonists were mad about “taxation without representation,” and dumbed chests of tea into the harbor.
  • Coercive/Intolerable Acts

    Coercive/Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts were laws passed by the British Parliament in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party that punished Massachusetts colonists for the Tea Party protest.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from the British colonies. After much discussion, the Congress issued a Declaration of Rights.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. The Americans considered both a win.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress met on May 10, 1775, to plan further responses if the British government had not repealed or modified the acts.
  • Declaration of Independence adopted

    Declaration of Independence adopted
    This document declared the colonies an independent nation. It also created a alliance with France.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Battle of Saratoga was a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The Americans defeated the British and the big win lifted the Americans morale.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    Valley Forge was commanded by General George Washington. The Continental Army's experiences at Valley Forge helped them win over the British in the long run.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    After three weeks of non-stop bombardment, Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown, effectively ending the War for Independence.
  • U.S Constitution written

    U.S Constitution written
    The Delegates appointed Committee of Detail to write the constitution. After that, 38 delegates signed, and the constitution is still used today.
  • U.S Constitution Adopted

    U.S Constitution Adopted
    55 delegates signed the U.S Constitution and this document is still shaping our government today.