American Revolution Timeline

  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    acts of Parliament intended to promote the self-sufficiency of the British Empire by restricting colonial trade to England and decreasing dependence on foreign imported goods.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Imposed a tax on all papers and official documents in the American colonies.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    A riot with colonists harassing 9 British soldiers ended in 5 colonists killed from British bullets. This untitled the colonies against Britain and was a turning point in the revolution.
  • 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, and to commission agents who would have the sole right to sell tea in the colonies.Sep 25, 2019. This act eliminated the customs duty on the company's tea and permitted its direct export to America.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    As a political protest against taxation, colonists dumped 342 chests of tea into the ocean. It was the first act of defiance by American colonists.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The Boston Port Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, the Administration of Justice Act, and the Quartering act were passed by Parliament in response to colonial resistance to British rule. This was one of the early seeds of the American rebellion.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from 12 of the 13 British colonies. They made many important decisions for the colonies. They united the colonies to boycott British goods and provided leadership.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was the formal meeting of delegates from the American colonies to form a provisional government together to make decisions about the war with Britain over American independence. They organized and directed the colonies. They declared Independence from Britain and provided leadership.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    An accidental shot forced the British to attack, causing the first battle in the revolutionary war.
  • Declaration of Independence Adopted

    Declaration of Independence Adopted
    The Declaration of Independence, which stated that the colonies were no longer British property was adopted. It marked an official step taken by the American colonies toward independence from British rule under the monarchy of King George III.
  • Battle of Saratoga begins

    Battle of Saratoga begins
    General John Burgoyne was attempting to invade New England from Canada with the goal of isolating New England from the rest of the United States.
  • Battle of Saratoga Ends

    Battle of Saratoga Ends
    The Continental Army persevered and won a decisive victory at the Battle of Saratoga
  • Valley Forge

     Valley Forge
    Valley forge was a winter encampment for the continental army. There were horrible conditions, disease, and shortages. Hundreds died from disease. The troops were held together by George Washington and the Patriot cause.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    Franco-American land and sea campaign that entrapped a major British army on a peninsula at Yorktown, Virginia, and forced its surrender. The siege virtually ended military operations in the American Revolution.
  • French and Indian War Ends

    French and Indian War Ends
    The war between Britain and France ended with the Treaty of Paris. France gave up its territories in North America, which ended military threat to the colonies.
  • US Constitution Written

    US Constitution Written
    The constitution was written my James Madison to create a government with enough power to act on a national level. It was the start of the formation of the US government.
  • US Constitution Adopted

    US Constitution Adopted
    39 of 55 delegates signed the document and it was ratified. This formed the first American government.