American Revolution Timeline

By Auralux
  • Beginning of Parliamentary Sovereignty

    Parliamentary Sovereignty begins as English officials believed that parliament must have ultimate authority. This was the change of the colonies from ruling themselves through Salutary Neglect to losing their ability to rule.
  • Proclamation Line of 1763

    British Parliament forbids the settlement of colonies west of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Stamp Act

    Britain passes a stamp act that required colonists to pay a special tax requiring a stamp that was used on all official documents.
  • Townshend Acts

    A series of British laws which took away some colonist freedoms and taxed certain colonial imports; and stationed troops, at major colonial ports. Colonies protest using the phrase "taxation without representation" for the first time and organize boycotts.
  • Boston Massacre

    Colonists were protesting the British Troops and harassing them by throwing rocks and trash, over time the mob continued to grow and harass the British Troops. The troops would open fire killing 5 colonists and injuring more.
  • Committees of Correspondence

    Colonists created a committee to communicate the actions and movements of the British throughout the colonies
  • Boston Tea Party

    A group of colonists called themselves the Sons of Liberty disguised as Native Americans and boarded several British Ships in the Boston Harbor; throwing 343 tea crates off of the ships and into the sea which were imported by the British East India Company
  • Intolerable Acts

    Laws put in place by the British as a response to the Boston Tea Party to punish the colonists. Quartering Act, Boston Port Act, Administration of Justice Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, and the Quebec Act
  • First Continental Congress

    13 of the Colonies send representatives to meet in Philadelphia establishing the First Continental Congress
  • Lexington & Concord

    The Battles in Lexington and Concord were the first to bring the American Revolutionary War. Where the phrase "The Shot heard around the world" refers to the opening shots of the battles.
  • Battle of Bunker Hill

    British forces siege colonial troops defending a hill with fortified positions only having to retreat when they ran out of ammo. The battle demonstrated to the colonists that they could stand up to the British army
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Congress drafted and sent an official Declaration of Independence to the King of England declaring themselves as a Sovereign Nation
  • Battle of Long Island

    First Major battle of the American Revolution in which the Redcoats defeat George Washington resulting in their retreat during the night.
  • Battle of Saratoga

    The Continental Army wins a decisive victory against the British in 2 separate major battles. Often called the turning point of the American Revolution as the victory by the Americans secured the support of France with the war effort.
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    George Washington camps in Valley Forge with his army as they are low in morale and mutiny is close, Washington receives assistance from a former Prussian Officer Friedrich Wilhelm Baron who helped turn the Continental Militia into a World-Class Army with trained men ready to take on the British
  • United States and France become Allies

    France officially becomes and Ally to the United States
  • Siege of Yorktown

    George Washington surrounds General Cornwallis in the city of Yorktown and lays siege
  • Victory in Yorktown

    General Cornwallis officially surrenders to General George Washington after the site of Yorktown. Ending the major battles of the Revolution
  • Treaty of Paris

    Great British and United States representatives meet in France and sign a peace treaty officially ending the American Revolution