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American Revolution Timeline

  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    Three Navigation Acts were passed. (1651,1660,1663)These acts promoted a regulation of colonial trade an manufacturing. Due to not being heavily enforced, smudging was common and not considered crime.
  • French and Indian War ends

    French and Indian War ends
    The French lost islands in the Caribbean and French Canada, to Britain. Foreign military threat to British colonies is eliminated. Causes resentment between the French and British.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    A tax on common items that colonists hadn’t agreed with. Responded with the iconic phrase, “No taxation without representation”. Parliament eventually repealed the Stamp Act as a result.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    Colonists, throwing stones and snow balls, provoked British soldiers that opened fire on a crowd, killing 5 and injuring 6 others. This fueled and broadened the resistance movement. Strengthened the Committees of Correspondence.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    A monopoly on tea imports meant to improve the state of a British East Indian company. Members of Parliament took part in the shares, and made it acceptable for the company to sell tea directly to the colonies without middlemen. This upset the colonists, causing the eventual Boston Tea Party.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    In protest against the tax on tea, colonist emptied British tea into the harbor. Other colonies came together to assist Massachusetts after parliament passed laws to punish this action.
  • Coercive/Intolerable Acts

    Coercive/Intolerable Acts
    Laws that were the result of the Boston Tea Party, passed by British parliament to punish the colonists. This can be represented in the Quartering Act, the Port Bill, and Administration of Justice Act.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    A gathering in Philadelphia of representatives from 12 colonies. The discussion focused on Britain’s previous actions against Massachusetts. As a result, it was discussed to boycott British goods.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    Clash with British troops in Massachusetts. Opening shots to the American Revolution war. British intended to stop the possibility of rebellion.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Congress met a second time in advance in response to the beginning of the American Revolution. The Continental Army was decided to be raised through conscription, and ambassadors, including generals, were appointed.
  • Declaration of Independence adopted

    Declaration of Independence adopted
    The declaration is signed by American leaders, who pledge, “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” to the forthcoming of America. As a result, America is independent from Britain.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    An American victory over the British, and a leading turning point in the war. France joined the Americans against Britain, leading to an addition of soldiers, supplies, and warships. Countries such as the Netherlands and Spain were also in support.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    Washington’s troops are battered by the suppressing winter, and take refuge in Vally Forge. They suffer from cold, hunger, and disease.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    Another turning point in the war that marks the collapse of British war effort. Washington, with the assistance of a French fleet, forces a British army to surrender. This intern gives Washington and his allies tan upper hand in the war.
  • U.S. Constitution Written

    U.S. Constitution Written
    The leader of the nation, such as George Washington, James Maddison, and Benjamin Franklin constructed the Constitution as a foundation governmental standpoint. A large step towards independence in America.
  • U.S. Constitution adopted

    U.S. Constitution adopted
    In place of the Articles of Confederation, the constitution was adopted as a new, more affective form of government. Of the 13 states, 9 states were in favor of ratifying it. This new form of government was more centralized than compared to the Articles of Confederation government, and faired better.