American Revolution Timeline

  • Navigation Act

    Navigation Act
    A tax on molasses, sugar and rum imports. Made more money for Great Britain and protect its suppliers. This would have ruined the rum industry.
  • French and Indian war ends

    French and Indian war ends
    The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War. France lost all of its land in North America. A war fought between Britain and France.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Forced colonists to pay a tax on papers, document, and playing cards. Britain placed this tax to pay for the French and Indian War. Lead to petitions to the king from colonists.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    This is a street fight between British officers and colonists which were thought to be an angry mob throwing rocks and snowballs. 5 colonists were killed, this led to Paul Revere and other writers wrote about this.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    The British East India company was struggling and made this Tea act to revive the company since it was holding massive amounts of tea. The colonists were not very happy with this because they were not being represented in Parliament. No Taxation without Representation. This event caused the Boston Tea Party.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The colonists dumped large amounts of tea into the Boston harbor. After this event Parliament then instated the Intolerable Acts.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    The instatement of these acts were the cause of the Boston Tea Party. The Intolerable Acts are the cause of the First Continental Congress. These acts are all relating to and limiting Boston, the center of anti-Parliament.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The cause of The First Continental Congress was the instatement of the Intolerable acts. This was a meeting of Representatives from all of the colonies except Georgia. After this meeting they decided to boycott British goods.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    The battles of Lexington and Concord resulted in many casualties, but there were more occurring on the British side of the battle. This was the start of the Revolutionary War, also many more Americans started believing in independence.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    During the Second Continental Congress the representatives formed roles of a regular government with generals and an army. This caused the ideas of independence.
  • Declaration of Independence adopted

    Declaration of Independence adopted
    The adoption of the Declaration of Independence confirmed the detachment from Britain’s parliament. This document also unified all of the 13 colonies.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    Battle of Saratoga
    The Americans defeated the British during this battle. French support was soon offered to the Americans after this battle. The effect of the Victory in Saratoga was a major morale boost for all of the Americans.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    Winter at Valley Forge
    Many troops died in this time from disease and hunger. Over 2,000 soldiers died as a result of the winter. The remaining forces became more unified.
  • Battle of Yorktown

    Battle of Yorktown
    General George Washington won this battle by defeating General Cornwallis and his British troops. This battle concluded the Revolutionary War allowing these 13 colonies to have Independence.
  • U.S. Constitution written

    U.S. Constitution written
    The U.S. constitution being written resulted in it being instated in 1789. This is the constitution we still know in present day.
  • U.S. Constitution adopted

    U.S. Constitution adopted
    The U.S. Constitution set up an organized government with this document. This constitution is still what we know to this day.