American Revolution Timeline

  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    A series of act starting in 1652 all the way to 1764 until it’s repeal in 1849. The acts were a way to remove competition as Britain’s colonies can only do trade with English ships and products. The acts lead to resentment between the American colonists and Britain.
  • French and Indian war ends

    French and Indian war ends
    Britain comes out on top against the French and their Native American allies. Britain is now broke because of the war and start taxing the colonies
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The British government levied taxes on legal and commercial documents as a way to pay the troops after the French and Indian war. Many colonists dislike this act and this act is the start of British resentment among colonists
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    A riot occurred and in the confusion someone fired a shot leading to several more soldiers opening fire and killing 5 colonists. This event was used by propaganda to further create resentment between colonists and the loyalists
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The British government passed this act to saved the financially struggling British East India Company and sell more of their tea while reducing the smuggling of foreign tea. The colonists opposed this new act and later on would result in the Boston Tea Party.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    An American protest regarding the Tea Act that had force the colonists to get tea only from Britain while being taxed on top of that. This event led to the British parliament passing the Coercive act in 1774.
  • Coercive/Intolerable Acts

    Coercive/Intolerable Acts
    The Coercive act is the British parliament’s response to the Boston Tea Party. It closed down the Boston harbor until the damage for the destroyed tea is paid for by the colonists, Massachusetts went to the control of the British government, colonists can be taken to another country if a there isn’t a free trial being given, and all the colonies are to house the British troops. This furthers the resentment that lead to the revolution
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Delegates from the 13 colonies come to meet and discuss after the blockade of the Boston Harbor from the Coercive Acts. Leads to the Secomd Continental Congress
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    Battles of Lexington and Concord
    The battle ended in American victory. This was the first battle in the American Revolution. The British destroyed the supplies in Concord but the American forces was able to drive them back to Boston
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Delegates met up after the battle of Lexington and Concord. It acts as a temporary government until March 1, 1781
  • Declaration of Independence is adopted

    Declaration of Independence is adopted
    The document that announces and explain the 13 colonies’ independence from Great Britain. Further divides the colonies from Britain
  • End of the Battles of Saratoga

    End of the Battles of Saratoga
    The battle ended in an American victory. This becomes a turning point in the Revolutionary war as it brought the French into the war afterwards as an American ally.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    A winter settlement for the continental army for six months. Many died from disease and malnutrition as the camp was unable to get supplies to the camp and many more deserted. Demoralized troops emerged from the winter to engage with the British army.
  • The Battle of Yorktown ends

    The Battle of Yorktown ends
    The American forces with assistance from the French forces achieved victory over the British forces in the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. This lead to the British government negotiating for an end to the conflict in the form of the Treaty of Paris
  • U.S. Constitution is adopted

    U.S. Constitution is adopted
    Adopted around a year after being written. This is the supreme law of the United States
  • U.S. Constitution is written

    U.S. Constitution is written
    Written after the three years after the end of the revolution and is the supreme law of the United States.